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Known Credits: 52

Birthday: 1923-08-10

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Rhonda Fleming

Biography

Rhonda Fleming (born Marilyn Louis in Hollywood, California, August 10, 1923), is an American motion picture and television actress.

She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became renowned as one of the most beautiful and glamorous actresses of her day. She was nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" because her fair complexion and flaming red hair photographed exceptionally well in Technicolor.

Fleming began working as a film actor while attending Beverly Hills High School, from which she was graduated in 1941. After appearing uncredited in a several films, she received her first substantial role in the thriller Spellbound (1945), produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She followed this with supporting roles in another thriller, The Spiral Staircase (1946), directed by Robert Siodmak, the Randolph Scott western Abilene Town (1946), and the film noir classic Out of the Past (1947) with Robert Mitchum. Her first leading role came in Adventure Island (1947), a low-budget action film made in the two-color Cinecolor process and co-starring Rory Calhoun.

The actress then co-starred with Bing Crosby in her first Technicolor film, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), a musical loosely based on the story by Mark Twain. Fleming exhibited her singing ability, dueting with Crosby on “Once and For Always” and soloing with “When Is Sometime.” She and Crosby recorded these songs for a 78 rpm Decca soundtrack album. In 1953, Fleming portrayed Cleopatra in Serpent of the Nile. That same year she appeared in two films shot in 3-D, Inferno with Robert Ryan and the musical Those Redheads From Seattle with Gene Barry. The following year she starred with Fernando Lamas in Jivaro, her third 3-D release.

Among Fleming’s subsequent cinematic credits are Fritz Lang’s While the City Sleeps (1956), co-starring Dana Andrews; Allan Dwan’s Slightly Scarlet, co-starring John Payne and Arlene Dahl; John Sturges’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) co-starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas and the Irwin Allen / Joseph M. Newman production of The Big Circus (1959), co-starring Victor Mature and Vincent Price. Her most recent film was Waiting for the Wind (1990).

During the 1950s and into the '60s, Fleming frequently appeared on television with guest-starring roles on The Red Skelton Show, The Best of Broadway, The Investigators, Shower of Stars, The Dick Powell Show, Death Valley Days , Wagon Train, Burke's Law, The Virginian, McMillan and Wife, Police Woman, Kung Fu, Ellery Queen, and The Love Boat. On March 4, 1962, Fleming appeared in one of the last segments of ABC's Follow the Sun in a role opposite Gary Lockwood, who was nearly 14 years her junior. She played a Marine in the episode "Marine of the Month."

In 1958, Fleming again displayed her singing talent when she recorded her only LP, entitled simply Rhonda. In this album she blended then current songs like "Around The World" with standards such as "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "I've Got You Under My Skin".

In retirement, Fleming has worked for several charities, especially in the field of cancer care, and has served on the committees of many related organizations. In 1991 she and her late husband, Ted Mann, set up the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic For Women's Comprehensive Care at the UCLA Medical Center.

Fleming has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Acting
1980 The Nude Bomb as Edith Von Secondberg
1975 Ellery Queen - (1 episode)
1974 Police Woman - (1 episode)
1973 Needles and Pins - (1 episode)
1972 Search - (1 episode)
1969 Backtrack! as Carmelita Flanagan (archive footage)
1964 Instant Love as Pamela Jones DeSantis
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre - (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law - (2 episodes)
1962 The Virginian - (1 episode)
1960 Revolt of the Slaves as Fabiola
1960 The Crowded Sky as Cheryl 'Charro' Heath
1959 The Big Circus as Helen Harrison
1959 Alias Jesse James as Cora Lee Collins
1958 Home Before Dark as Joan Carlisle
1958 Bullwhip as Cheyenne O'Malley
1957 Gun Glory as Jo
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as Laura Denbow
1957 The Buster Keaton Story as Peggy Courtney
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show - (1 episode)
1956 Odongo as Pamela Muir
1956 While the City Sleeps as Dorothy Kyne
1956 The Killer Is Loose as Lila Wagner
1956 Slightly Scarlet as June Lyons, Jansen's Secretary / Girlfriend
1955 Tennessee's Partner as Elizabeth 'Duchess' Farnham
1954 The Queen of Babylon as Semiramide
1954 Yankee Pasha as Roxana Reil
1954 Jivaro as Alice Parker
1953 Those Redheads from Seattle as Kathie Edmonds
1953 Inferno as Geraldine Carson
1953 Serpent of the Nile as Cleopatra
1953 Pony Express as Evelyn Hastings
1953 Tropic Zone as Flanders White
1952 The Golden Hawk as Captain Rouge
1952 Hong Kong as Victoria Evans
1951 Crosswinds as Katherine Shelley
1951 Little Egypt as Izora
1951 The Last Outpost as Julie McQuade
1951 The Redhead and The Cowboy as Candace Bronson
1951 Cry Danger as Nancy Morgan
1950 The Eagle and the Hawk as Mrs. Madeline Danzeeger
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour - (2 episodes)
1949 The Great Lover as Duchess Alexandria
1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as Alisande La Carteloise
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show - (1 episode)
1947 Out of the Past as Meta Carson
1946 Abilene Town as Sherry Balder
1945 Spellbound as Mary Carmichael
1945 The Spiral Staircase as Blanche
1942 Adventure Island as Faith Wishart
1929 The Academy Awards - (1 episode)
1900 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration - (0 episodes)