48 Facts About Angie Dickinson


Angeline Dickinson is an American retired actress.


Angie Dickinson began her career on television, appearing in many anthology series during the 1950s, before gaining her breakthrough role in Gun the Man Down with James Arness and the Western film Rio Bravo with John Wayne and Dean Martin, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.


Angie Dickinson starred in Brian De Palma's erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill, for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress.


Angie Dickinson's family was descended from Germans from Russia and she was raised Catholic.


Angie Dickinson's father was a small-town newspaper publisher and editor, working on the Kulm Messenger and the Edgeley Mail.


Angie Dickinson fell in love with movies at an early age, as her father was the projectionist at the town's only movie theater until it burned down.


In 1942, when she was 10 years old, the Brown family moved to Burbank, California, where Angie Dickinson attended Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, graduating in 1947 at age 15.


Angie Dickinson then studied at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, and at Glendale Community College, becoming a business graduate by 1954.


Angie Dickinson became Angie Dickinson in 1952, when she married football player Gene Dickinson.


Angie Dickinson came in second at a local preliminary for the Miss America contest, and that got the attention of a casting agent, who landed her a spot as one of six showgirls on The Jimmy Durante Show.


Angie Dickinson studied the craft and a few years later was approached by NBC to guest-star on a number of variety shows, including The Colgate Comedy Hour.


Angie Dickinson soon met Frank Sinatra, who became a lifelong friend.


On New Year's Eve 1954, Angie Dickinson made her television acting debut in an episode of Death Valley Days.


In 1956, Angie Dickinson appeared in an episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.


Angie Dickinson went on to create memorable characters in Mike Hammer, Wagon Train, and Men into Space.


Angie Dickinson had a role as the duplicitous murder conspirator in a 1964 episode of The Fugitive series with David Janssen and fellow guest star Robert Duvall.


Angie Dickinson played an unfaithful wife and bank robber in the 1958 "Wild Blue Yonder" episode of Rod Cameron's syndicated television series State Trooper.


Angie Dickinson starred in two Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes, "Captive Audience" with James Mason on October 18,1962, and "Thanatos Palace Hotel" on February 1,1965.


Angie Dickinson had her first starring role in Gun the Man Down with James Arness, followed by the Sam Fuller cult film China Gate, which depicted an early view of the Vietnam War.


Angie Dickinson appeared early in her career mainly in B-movies or Westerns, including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend, in which she co-starred with James Garner.


Angie Dickinson nonetheless became one of the more prominent leading ladies of the next decade, beginning with film The Bramble Bush with Richard Burton.


Angie Dickinson took a supporting role in Ocean's 11 with friends Sinatra and Martin.


The photo became so iconic, that while celebrating the magazine's 70th anniversary in 2003, the Angie Dickinson pose was recreated for the cover by Britney Spears.


Angie Dickinson returned to the small screen in March 1974 for an episode of the critically acclaimed hit anthology series Police Story.


At first, Angie Dickinson was reluctant, but when producers told her she could become a household name, she accepted the role.


However, in a 2019 interview, Angie Dickinson said that she regretted having done the series, since the remuneration was inadequate and it left her with little time for other projects.


In 1978, the same year the show ended, Angie Dickinson reprised her Pepper Anderson character on the television special Ringo, co-starring with Ringo Starr and John Ritter.


Angie Dickinson parodied the role in the 1975 and 1979 Bob Hope Christmas specials for NBC.


Angie Dickinson did the same years later on the 1987 Christmas episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.


On occasion during the 1970s, Angie Dickinson took part in the popular Dean Martin Celebrity Roast on television, and she was the guest of honor on August 2,1977, roasted by a dais of celebrities that included James Stewart, Orson Welles, and her Police Woman series co-star Earl Holliman.


Angie Dickinson took a less substantial role in Death Hunt, which reunited her with Lee Marvin, and appeared in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.


Angie Dickinson then starred in several television movies, such as One Shoe Makes It Murder, Jealousy, A Touch of Scandal, and Stillwatch.


Angie Dickinson had a pivotal role in the highly rated miniseries Hollywood Wives, based on a novel by Jackie Collins.


In 1982, and again in 1986, Angie Dickinson appeared in two of Perry Como's Christmas specials for the ABC television network, in both of which she did something she was not known to have done before: singing.


Angie Dickinson later denied having sung on camera since the two Como specials in an interview with Larry King, which he conducted at the approximate time of her appearance in Duets.


In motion pictures, Angie Dickinson reprised her role as Wilma McClatchie for Big Bad Mama II and completed the television movie Kojak: Fatal Flaw, in which she was reunited with Telly Savalas.


Angie Dickinson co-starred with Willie Nelson and numerous buddies in the television Western Once Upon a Texas Train.


Angie Dickinson was presented one of the Golden Boot Awards in 1989 for her contributions to Western cinema.


Angie Dickinson played Burt Reynolds' wife in the thriller The Maddening and the mother of Rick Aiello and Robert Cicchini in the National Lampoon comedy The Don's Analyst.


Angie Dickinson acted out the alcoholic, homeless mother of Helen Hunt's character in Pay It Forward, the grandmother of Gwyneth Paltrow's character in the drama Duets, and the mother of Arliss Howard's character in Big Bad Love, co-starring Debra Winger.


Angie Dickinson is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Rough Rider Award.


In 2009, Angie Dickinson starred in a Hallmark Channel film, Mending Fences.


Angie Dickinson was married to Gene Angie Dickinson, a college football player who later moved into the electronics business, from 1952 to 1960, though they separated in 1956.


Angie Dickinson had affairs with Frank Sinatra and reportedly John F Kennedy.


Angie Dickinson has repeatedly denied the alleged liaison with Kennedy.


Angie Dickinson had a relationship with musician Billy Vera in the 1980s and appeared in the music video for his single "I Can Take Care of Myself".


For several years in the 1990s, Angie Dickinson dated television interviewer Larry King.


Angie Dickinson campaigned for Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1960 and supported Lyndon B Johnson in 1964.