Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill

Highest Rated: 100% Desk Set (1957)

Lowest Rated: 4% Caddyshack II (1988)

Birthday: Dec 29, 1923

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Born to Wall Street financier E.F. Hutton and Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, a debutante-age Dina Merrill gave up college after one year and moved to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She debuted on Broadway in "The Mermaids Singing" (1945) and kept busy for the next decade with acting studies, Broadway and stock theater roles and work in early TV anthology dramas. Already in her thirties, Merrill made her film debut with a sweet performance as part of Katharine Hepburn's reference department staff in "Desk Set" (1957). Several leads soon presented themselves; the biggest hit film of these, "Operation Petticoat" (1959), cast the attractive and self-assured Merrill as one of a bevy of nurses who end up on a broken-down Naval submarine. By 1960, Merrill was alternating supporting roles with occasional leads, and was spending much of her time doing tours and regional work on stage. Film work capitalized on her off screen lifestyle, as in "The Young Savages" (1961), with Merrill as crusading DA Burt Lancaster's socialite spouse, and "Butterfield 8" (1960), as the colorless, long-suffering wife that wealthy Laurence Harvey cheats on with Elizabeth Taylor. Later in the decade Merrill began acting in TV movies, and also racked up over 100 guest credits on various TV series, and tried one herself, "Hot Pursuit" (ABC, 1984). The premise of a couple accused of murder attempting to find the real killer themselves was a neat revamp of "The Fugitive," with Merrill as the victim's rich and vengeful widow, but the show never caught on. Feature work resumed in the mid-'70s, and Merrill gave an excellent performance as part of a well-to-do but wacky marriage party in Robert Altman's comedy-drama "A Wedding" (1978). Merrill's subsequent film work included appearances in Altman's Hollywood satire "The Player" (1992), mystery "Suture" (1993) and maligned sequel "Caddyshack II" (1988). But Merrill's primary interest became Pavilion, a film and entertainment development and production company she formed with Ted Hartley in 1988. The two married in 1989 and that same year acquired the once-venerable Hollywood studio RKO Pictures. Merrill served as vice chairman of the company. Dina Merrill died on May 22, 2017 at her home in Easthampton, New York. She was 93.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
67% 58% Shade Dina (Character) $24.7K 2003
No Score Yet 32% The Magnificent Ambersons Mrs. Johnson (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Chance of Snow Merilee Parker (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 20% Milk and Money Ellen (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Borrowed, Something Blue Lydia D'Arcy (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Point of Betrayal Mother (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Season Doris Hays-Britton (Character) $5.2K 1995
71% 70% Suture Alice Jameson (Character) $98.3K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shattering the Silence Clair Worth (Character) - 1993
98% 84% The Player Celia (Character) $21.7M 1992
47% 45% True Colors Joan Stiles (Character) $304.5K 1991
No Score Yet 56% Fear Catherine Tarr (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn Back the Clock Maureen Dowd (Character) - 1989
4% 18% Caddyshack II Cynthia Young (Character) $11.3M 1988
No Score Yet 33% Twisted Nell Kempler (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Estelle Modrian (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brass Ring Mother (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 56% Anna to the Infinite Power Sarah (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 47% Just Tell Me What You Want Connie Herschel (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tenth Month Cele (Character) - 1979
73% 80% A Wedding Antoinette Goddard (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 45% The Greatest Velvet Green (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingston: The Power Play Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Newspaper Game Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Nine Dragons Dr. Barbara Dalton (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meal Kelly (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Throw Out the Anchor Lindy Baker (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Letters Penelope Parkington (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Running Wild Whit Colby (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Flight Florence Carlyle (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones Mrs. Greher (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lonely Profession Beatrice Savarona (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven in Darkness Emily Garth Pleasent (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sunshine Patriot Brancie Hagen (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 32% I'll Take Sweden Karin Granstedt (Character) - 1965
60% 68% The Courtship of Eddie's Father Rita Behrens (Character) - 1963
50% 47% The Young Savages Karin Bell (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenty Plus Two Nicki Kovacs (Character) - 1961
75% 62% The Sundowners Jean Halstead (Character) - 1960
47% 57% Butterfield 8 Emily Liggett (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Catch Me if You Can Unknown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 42% Don't Give Up the Ship Ens. Rita J. Benson (Character) - 1959
81% 81% Operation Petticoat Lt. Barbara Duran RN (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Margie Solitaire (Character) - 1958
100% 83% Desk Set Sylvia Blair (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
15% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
76% 68% Roseanne Doris (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 80% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1986 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Estelle Modrian (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odd Couple Anita (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1972 1968 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Doris Hawthorne (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Wilder Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)
93% 78% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958

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