Angie Dickinson: The Star Who Transformed Television Roles For Women
By | December 10, 2021
Her Auspicious Beginnings
Angeline Brown was born on September 30, 1931, in Kulm, North Dakota to a newspaper publisher and editor. She lived in North Dakota until she was 10 when her family moved to Burbank, California. She graduated in 1954, with the intent of becoming a writer, but before she graduated, she had married Gene Dickinson, a football player, in 1952. They remained married until 1960, and after the divorce, she kept his last name.
Her first step into show business was when she was in a preliminary beauty pageant for Miss America. Although she only came in second, she did come to the attention of a casting agent. The agent helped her to land her first job in show business, as one of six showgirls on The Jimmy Durante Show. While on this show, a television producer noticed her and convinced her to think about an acting career. After studying acting for a few years, NBC approached her and she guest-starred on a few television shows, including The Colgate Comedy Hour. During this time, she met Frank Sinatra, who she would become friends with, and who she was later cast opposite in Ocean’s 11 (1960).