Angie Dickinson: The Star Who Transformed Television Roles For Women

By | December 10, 2021

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Angie Dickinson was one of the most prolific actresses during the 1950s and ‘60s, and she has also been recognized as number 42 on Playboy’s list of the “100 Sexiest Stars of the Century” in 1999. She fared better with TV Guide, which ranked her number three behind George Clooney and Diana Rigg on their 2002 list of “50 Sexiest Television Stars of All Time.” And she appeared in Esquire in 1966, wearing nothing but a sweater and a pair of white pumps. The image was accidental as she hadn’t brought clothes to the photoshoot as she had expected that there would be clothes at the photoshoot. That image appeared on the cover 27 years later and was recreated by Britney Spears and Victoria’s Secret models. 

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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).