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Dina Merrill

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Dina Merrill born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton; December 29, 1923 – May 22, 2017 was an American actress, heiress, socialite, businesswoman, and philanthropist12


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
    • 31 Death
    • 32 Board memberships
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early lifeedit

Merrill was born in New York City on December 29, 1923, although for many years her date of birth was given as December 9, 192534 She was the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton5 Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort Close Hutton July 26, 1908 – December 31, 1998 and Eleanor Post Close Hutton December 3, 1909 – November 27, 2006, by her mother's first marriage to Edward Bennett Close, grandfather of actress Glenn Close

Merrill attended George Washington University in Washington, DC, for one term, then dropped out and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City6 She received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in April 20057


On advice from her half-sister's then husband, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E Merrill, a famous stockbroker like her father8 Merrill made her debut on the stage in the play The Mermaid Singing in 1945

During the late 1950s and 1960s, Merrill was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement to Grace Kelly,2 and in 1959 she was proclaimed "Hollywood's new Grace Kelly"9

Merrill's film credits included Desk Set 1957, A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed 1958, Don't Give Up the Ship 1959, Operation Petticoat 1959, with Cary Grant, who had been married to her cousin, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, The Sundowners 1960, BUtterfield 8 1960, The Young Savages 1961, The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963, I'll Take Sweden 1965, The Greatest 1977, A Wedding 1978, Just Tell Me What You Want 1980, Anna to the Infinite Power 1983, Twisted 1986, Caddyshack II 1988, Fear 1990, True Colors 1991, The Player 1992, Suture 1993 and Shade 2003 She also appeared in made-for-TV movies, such as Seven in Darkness 1969, The Lonely Profession 1969, Family Flight 1972 and The Tenth Month 1979

Merrill appeared in numerous television series in the 1960s, such as playing the villain, "Calamity Jan," in two 1968 episodes of Batman alongside then-husband Cliff Robertson She also made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Love Boat, and The Nanny, as Maxwell Sheffield's disapproving and distant British mother

Her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes, starring Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the off-Broadway staged reading of Wit & Wisdom10

Merrill, Bobby Short & Dick Sheridan in New York City 1970

In 1991, Merrill and her third husband, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications, with RKO to form RKO Pictures, which owns the intellectual property of the RKO Radio Pictures movie studio

Personal lifeedit

Merrill was married three times In 1946 she wed Stanley M Rumbough, Jr, an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur11 They had three children11 before divorcing in 196612 Later that year, she wed Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson, with whom she had a daughter, Heather Robertson13 The couple divorced in 198612

In 1989, she married producer Ted Hartley11 Two of Merrill's four children predeceased her1415


On May 22, 2017, Merrill died at her home in East Hampton, New York She had been suffering from dementia with Lewy bodies11

Board membershipsedit

Merrill was a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and a vice president of the New York City Mission Society In 1980, Merrill joined the board of directors of her father's E F Hutton & Co, continuing on the board of directors and the compensation committee of Lehman Brothers when it acquired Hutton, for over 18 years816


  1. ^ Gingrich, Arnold May 1960 Coronet D A Smart p 13 
  2. ^ a b Hamilton, George; Stadiem, William October 14, 2008 Don't Mind If I Do Simon and Schuster p 98 ISBN 978-1-4165-9450-5 
  3. ^ Date of birth given as December 29, 1923; hillwoodmuseumorg; accessed December 31, 2013
  4. ^ Dina Merrill date of birth: December 29, 1923, paulbowlesorg; accessed December 31, 2013
  5. ^ "Dina Merrill Biography" filmreferencecom Retrieved May 24, 2017 
  6. ^ "A Touch Of Class" Retrieved May 24, 2017 
  7. ^ Major, Nellie Leitch January 1, 1963 CW Post - the hour and the man: A biography with genealogical supplement Washington, DC: Press of Judd & Detweiler, Inc p 173 ASIN B0006AYYIS  |access-date= requires |url= help
  8. ^ a b Rowes, Barbara 1980-05-12 "An Actress Turns to Finance: History Proves That Both Dina Merrill and Her Daddy Knew Best" People Retrieved 2016-07-14 
  9. ^ "DINA MERRILL: A STAR ON HER TOES" The New York Times April 3, 1983 Retrieved April 9, 2014 
  10. ^ Wit & Wisdom, theatermaniacom; accessed December 27, 2013
  11. ^ a b c d Harmetz, Aljean May 22, 2017 "Dina Merrill, Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93" The New York Times Retrieved May 23, 2017 
  12. ^ a b "Dina Merrill: Performer" Internet Broadway Database The Broadway League Retrieved May 23, 2017 
  13. ^ Bernstein, Adam May 22, 2017 "Dina Merrill, actress and philanthropist of aristocratic poise, dies at 93" The Washington Post Retrieved May 23, 2017 
  14. ^ "Fortune, fameand tragic deaths" Chicago Tribune 1975-11-17 Retrieved 2016-07-14 
  15. ^ "Deaths Robertson, Heather Merriweather" The New York Times 2007-05-02 Retrieved 2016-07-14 
  16. ^ Gillespie, John 2010-01-12 Money for Nothing: How the Failure of Corporate Boards Is Ruining American Business and Costing Us Trillions Free Press p 13 ISBN 978-1-4165-5993-1 

External linksedit

  • Dina Merrill on Internet Movie Database
  • In Step with: Dina Merrill, newsgooglecom; accessed 2014-07-09
  • Cliff Robertson & Dina Merrill Take summer Stock and Are Bullish on the Outcome People Magazine 1981-07-31

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