- NAME: Angie Dickinson
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: September 30, 1931 (Age: 82)
- EDUCATION: Glendale College, Immaculate Heart College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Kulm, North Dakota
- Maiden Name: Angeline Brown
- AKA: Angie Dickinson
- Full Name: Angeline Dickinson
- AKA: Angie Brown
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Angie Dickinson is an American actress best known for her roles in the films Dressed to Kill and Ocean's Eleven, and on the hit 1970s television series Police Woman.
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Angie Dickinson was born on September 30, 1931, in Kulm, North Dakota. She moved to California with her family around the age of 10. Dickinson attended Glendale College and worked as a secretary before delving into acting. Her breakthrough film performance was in Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo. In the 1970s, she starred on the television series Police Woman. In 1980,
"I've learned that you use what you've got to the best of your ability. It took me a while to realize that it's OK just to be there and glamorous."
"I was a leading laldy, but never the lead."
Dickinson appeared in Brian DePalma's film Dressed To Kill. She later starred in the 1993 miniseries Wild Palms. Her later film work includes Pay It Forward (2000) and Big Bad Love (2001).
Actress Angie Dickinson was born Angeline Brown on September 30, 1931, in Kulm, North Dakota. She is one of three daughters. Her father worked as a newspaper editor. Around the age of 10, she moved with her family to California. Dickinson attended Glendale College and Immaculate Heart College. At Glendale College, she met Gene Dickinson, a star on the school's football team. The pair soon began dating, and went on to marry in 1952. (They would divorce in 1959.)
Now known as Angie Dickinson, she first worked as a secretary after college. A beauty pageant win opened up a new career for her. After her victory, Dickinson appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour, and hen decided to pursue a career in acting.
Dickinson made the rounds on television and eventually started to receive small acting parts. Her breakthrough role came in Howard Hawks's western drama Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Her portrayal of Feathers, a sultry saloon girl, helped establish her as an emerging sex symbol.
Dickinson, however, was unable to capitalize on this success. She was under contract to Hawks, but he sold her contract to Warner Brothers. At Warner Brothers, she was relegated to supporting roles. She played the wife of Frank Sinatra's character in the comedy crime caper Ocean's Eleven (1960). A later move to Universal did little to advance Dickinson's film career. One notable role from this period was the crime drama The Killers (1964), in which she co-starred with Lee Marvin and John Cassavetes. Dickinson also worked with Marlon Brando on 1966's The Chase.
In the 1970s, Dickinson tackled her own iconic role: playing Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson on the crime series Police Woman. The character first appeared on an episode of Police Story in 1973, and was spun off into a new series the following year. Pepper Anderson was a groundbreaking role, paving the way for other female actresses in television. "Before me, women were always funny, or they were just tough," Dickinson explained to Entertainment Weekly. "Pepper was really a first. She was sexual, funny and in control." Police Woman went off the air in 1978.
Around the same time as Police Woman's debut, Dickinson appeared in Roger Corman's Big Bad Mama with William Shatner and Tom Skerritt. Stills from her sex scene with Shatner raised eyebrows and reinforced her image as a sex symbol. Not long after Police Woman ended, Dickinson once again channeled her seductive powers in Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill (1980). Two years later, she returned to series television with the short-lived Cassie & Co.
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