Where Is She Now: Angie Dickinson (Actress) as Pepper - Police Woman.
Name: Angie Dickinson
Birth Name: Angeline Brown
Born: September 30, 1931 in Kulm, North Dakota
Claim To Fame: While Angie has been in many different roles in film and TV, the role that she is most identified with has to be that of Pepper Anderson from the television series, 'Police Woman.'
Family Life: Burt Bacharach (1965 - 1980) (divorced) 1 child daughter
named, Lea Nikki, Born in 1966
Gene Dickinson (1952 - 1960) (divorced)
Info: Her father was the publisher of the local newspaper in North Dakota. Because of this Angie wanted to become a writer, but gave this up after winning her first beauty contest. She ended up entering various beauty contests one
of which was sponsored by NBC. This lead to appearances in several TV variety shows. She got her first bit part in a Warner Brothers movie in 1954 and gained television fame in the TV series "The Millionaire" (1955) and got her first good film role opposite John Wayne and Dean Martin in Rio Bravo (1959).
Trivia: Turned down the role of Krystle Carrington on "Dynasty"
When she was a senior at Bellamarine Jefferson High School in Burbank, she won
the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights Contest.
Had a 10 year, on-off again relationship with Frank Sinatra.
She is also rumored to have been one of JFK's mistresses. When asked about the
affair, she said, "It was the best 20 seconds of my life."
Had a bunch of famous boyfriends, most notably:
Johnny Carson (The Tonight Show)
Larry King (talk show host)
Julio Iglesias (singer)
Harry Reasoner (TV journalist)
Ranked #42 on "Playboy" Magazines "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century," January
Said she initially declined to play the ill-fated, sexually frustrated "Kate
Miller" in Dressed to Kill (1980) because she felt her role on the "Police
Woman" (1974) TV series had made her into something of a role model, but
director Brian De Palma
eventually persuaded her to accept the role.
When asked to choose a new actress name, first suggested "Angie Rome" which was
eventually changed into "Dickinson".
Became a blonde in 1960, for 'The Bramble Bush' with Barbara Rush, because Rush
and Dickinson were both brunettes, but at the time Rush was a bigger star.
Annoyed at first, Angie soon decided she liked being blonde.
Her legs were once insured for $1-million dollars through Lloyds of London.
In 1993, she became the first and only 'This Is Your Life' honoree to refuse to
do the retrospective show. Friends, acquaintances, and co-workers from her
career were waiting to regale viewers with their memories of Dickinson, but as
part of the program's format, honorees were never told in advance. She had been
lured to a studio on the pretext that she was appearing in a tribute to Brian De
Palma, who had directed her in Dressed to Kill. When Ralph Edwards, the show's
host, walked on stage and said, "Angie Dickinson, this is your life!" she
responded, "F**k no, I won't do it."
After this incident she was never invited back on NBC’s 'Tonight Show', where
she says she’d been a Johnny Carson guest "40 times."
Where Is She Now: Angie is still acting. In fact over the last few years she's
been in a few movies and TV shows.
Just this past year you may have even caught her on BRAVO in a Celebrity Poker
tournament. She didn't do to well, but it was interesting to see the younger
actors fawn over her.
Upcoming for Angie are two projects:
3055 Jean Leon (2006) (documentary)
'Chronicles of Narnia 2' (2007) (action)
Also in 2006 Angie launched a one-woman crusade to find a cure for
memory-robbing Alzheimer's disease as a tribute to her late sister. Angie's
sister battled the insidious illness for 20 years before she passed away in
December 2005. And now Angie has embarked on a major Alzheimer's awareness
campaign to make sure her sibling didn't suffer in vain. She says, "I know she
(sister) didn't die in vain and that's a blessing. It's because of her that I
became involved. "Mary Lou's legacy is that she increased our awareness and so
many more people now know what a tragic disease this is." More than 100,000
Americans succumb to Alzheimer's every year.
Write To Angie Dickinson:
c/o Merritt Blake
The Blake Agency
1327 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401-1033
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