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Tue May 23, 2017, 06:51 AM

 

Dina Merrill, Actress, Heiress And Philanthropist, Dies At 93

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dina-merrill-dead-butterfield-8-operation-petticoat-actress-was-93-978723



Dina Merrill, the actress, heiress and RKO executive whose blend of beauty and refinement made her the perfect woman to portray socialites on screens big and small, has died. She was 93.

Merrill died Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y., The New York Times reported.

As the daughter of Wall Street maverick E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post Cereals fortune, Merrill was born into and raised in New York society, and her characters often came from upper-crust backgrounds as well.

She made her feature debut in 1957 as one of the eager young research assistants who work for TV executive Katharine Hepburn in the comedy Desk Set, and she played a long-suffering wife whose husband (Laurence Harvey) cheats on her with Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960).

In John Frankenheimer's The Young Savages (1961), Merrill portrayed the well-to-do wife of assistant district attorney Burt Lancaster, and she was a sophisticate who's not crazy about Glenn Ford's kid in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963).


Cross gently, Dina. Such a stunning actress...

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Reply Dina Merrill, Actress, Heiress And Philanthropist, Dies At 93 (Original post)
Cooley Hurd May 2017 OP
nocalflea May 2017 #1
spiderpig May 2017 #2
nocalflea May 2017 #4
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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 07:03 AM

1. Grace and dignity . Mar-a- Lago will never see the likes of her again.

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Response to nocalflea (Reply #1)

Tue May 23, 2017, 07:09 AM

2. My first thought.

I wonder what she'd think of the current squatter.

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Response to spiderpig (Reply #2)

Tue May 23, 2017, 07:25 AM

4. Hard to imagine her swearing . I'm guessing "appalled".

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Response to nocalflea (Reply #1)

Tue May 23, 2017, 07:19 AM

3. She was a "liberal Republican," a creature long extinct...

Back when there actually was such a thing.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/movies/dina-merrill-dead-actress-and-heiress.amp.html
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With an inheritance from her parents estimated at more than $50 million, Ms. Merrill became a philanthropist. A liberal Republican, she was vice chairwoman of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, an advocate on women’s health issues and vice president of the New York Mission Society. After her son David, who had diabetes, died in a boating accident at age 23 in 1973, Ms. Merrill created a yearly award for scientific excellence in his name for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 07:41 AM

5. "She has skinny eyes.."

- a young Ron Howard in Courtship of Eddie's Father describing his father's girlfriend. One of my favorite moves.

Beautiful actress, rest in peace.

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