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Also Known As: Angeline Brown Died:
Born: September 30, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kulm, North Dakota, USA Profession: actor, secretary

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Though never making it onto Hollywood's A-list, Angie Dickinson nevertheless attained a kind of hipster-chick primacy in the rarified cloister of swinging, swanky showbiz royalty, even before reaching her zenith as a thespian. A former beauty queen, Dickinson began with early forays on television prior to her breakout performance as a feisty gambler opposite John Wayne in John Ford's influential western "Rio Bravo" (1959). Having fallen in with Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack crowd, she later played his wife in the crime romp "Ocean's 11" (1960). That relationship also brought the young actress into close - rumor had it, intimate - contact with then Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. A marriage to composer Burt Bacharach soon followed, as did more roles as tough but sexy women in features like director John Boorman's "Point Blank" (1967) opposite Lee Marvin. She enjoyed her greatest success in her forties as the first female lead of a TV drama series on "Police Woman" (NBC, 1974-78) then stirred up controversy with her steamy roles in Roger Corman's gangster B-movie "Big Bad Mama" (1974) and Brian De Palma's thriller "Dressed to Kill" (1980). Although her professional output tapered off...

Though never making it onto Hollywood's A-list, Angie Dickinson nevertheless attained a kind of hipster-chick primacy in the rarified cloister of swinging, swanky showbiz royalty, even before reaching her zenith as a thespian. A former beauty queen, Dickinson began with early forays on television prior to her breakout performance as a feisty gambler opposite John Wayne in John Ford's influential western "Rio Bravo" (1959). Having fallen in with Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack crowd, she later played his wife in the crime romp "Ocean's 11" (1960). That relationship also brought the young actress into close - rumor had it, intimate - contact with then Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. A marriage to composer Burt Bacharach soon followed, as did more roles as tough but sexy women in features like director John Boorman's "Point Blank" (1967) opposite Lee Marvin. She enjoyed her greatest success in her forties as the first female lead of a TV drama series on "Police Woman" (NBC, 1974-78) then stirred up controversy with her steamy roles in Roger Corman's gangster B-movie "Big Bad Mama" (1974) and Brian De Palma's thriller "Dressed to Kill" (1980). Although her professional output tapered off considerably near the end of the millennium, the actress occasionally reappeared with impactful performances in such films as the societal drama "Pay it Forward" (2000). Rather than attempt to shed her sex symbol status, Dickinson instead used it to her advantage, both defying and exceeding expectations time and again.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Mending Fences (2009)
3.
 3055 Jean Leon (2007)
4.
 Big Bad Love (2001) Mrs Barlow
5.
 Ocean's Eleven (2001) (Cameo Appearance)
6.
 Last Producer, The (2001) Poker Player
7.
 Pay it Forward (2000) Grace
8.
 Duets (2000) Blair
9.
 Sealed With a Kiss (1999) Lucille Etheridge
10.
 Deep Family Secrets (1997) Renee Chadway
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1952:
Entered local beauty contest, Jack Roarke's Beauty Parade, when she was 20 in order to win a watch; won competition and subsequent larger-scale contests that followed (date approximate)
1954:
Screen acting debut in "Lucky Me"
1955:
Earliest TV appearances include work on "Matinee Theater" (NBC)
1956:
Played first female lead in the Western film "Gun the Man Down" opposite James Arness
1959:
Played breakthrough role in the Howard Hawks Western "Rio Bravo"
1959:
Played Mary McCauley on the CBS adventure series "Men into Space"; replaced in the role during the series' run by Joyce Taylor
1966:
First TV-movie, "The Poppy Is Also a Flower"
1974:
Last feature film for five years, "Big Bad Mama"
1974:
Starred as Pepper on the TV crime drama "Police Woman" (NBC)
1978:
First TV miniseries, "Pearl" (ABC)
1979:
Returned to feature films with roles in "L'homme en colere" and "Jack London's Klondike Fever"
1982:
Starred as Cassidy "Cassie" Holland on the short-lived NBC detective series "Cassie and Company"
1988:
Away from features for seven years; returned in "Big Bad Mama II"
1993:
Played attention-getting supporting role in the much-ballyhooed TV miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC)
1993:
Returned again to features in Gus Van Sant's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
1995:
Cast in the remake of "Sabrina" opposite Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond
1997:
Guest starred on ABC sitcom "Ellen"
2000:
Cast as Gwyneth Paltrow's grandmother in "Duets"
2000:
Portrayed a bag lady in "Pay It Forward"
2001:
Appeared in the all-star crime comedy "Ocean's Eleven"
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Education

Immaculate Heart College: Los Angeles , California -
Glendale Community College: Glendale , California -

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husband:
Gene Dickinson. Divorced; college football star.
husband:
Burt Bacharach. Composer. Second husband; married in 1965; separated in 1976; divorced in 1982.

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daughter:
Lea Nikki Bacharach.

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