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Rhonda Fleming ACTOR


Rhonda Fleming was born on August 10th, 1923 in Hollywood, California with the birth name Marilyn Louis.  She attended school at Beverly Hills Public as well as private schools.  Her mother was a famous Swedish blonde model in New York and her father was a non-professional insurance man. Her parents divorced when Rhonda was ten.  She was "discovered" by talent agent Henry Willson while a student at Beverly Hills High. was trained in voice by an aunt and entered singing contests.

She graduated from High School in 1941 and then began working as a film actress.  She appeared in a couple films with unaccredited roles before she got her big break on the film, "Spellbound" (1945) starring Alongside Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman and Leo G. Carroll.  This role was followed by a number of supporting roles in films such as, "The Spiral Staircase" (1946) starring Dorothy McGuire, Ethel Barrymore and George Brent, "Abilene Town" (1946) starring with Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Edgar Buchanan and Lloyd Bridges, "Out of the Past" (1947) co-starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas and then her first leading role was in, "Adventure Island" (1947) starring Rory Calhoun

Fleming's first Technicolor film role was on, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1949) starring with Bing Crosby, Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix, which was a musical based around the story of Mark Twain.  Along with being a talented actress, she had a beautiful singing voice and was able to share that with the public viewers on the television show on NBC's, "Colgate Comedy Hour" (1951).  

Fleming's career continued with a role on, "Serpent of the Nile" (1953) co-starring William Lundigan and Raymond Burr, portraying Cleopatra.  Throughout her career she appeared in over 40 films.  She was also very beautiful and viewers adored her. 

Among some of her co stars over her years as an actress were, Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Burt Lancaster, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Rock Hudson.  Fleming also worked in Las Vegas at the opening of the Tropicana Hotel showroom.

Her beautiful voice was paired with Jane Russell, Connie Haines and Beryl Davis for a traveling gospel quartet called, "The Four Girls" who together made an album called, "Making a Joyful Noise" which sold over a million copies.  She also recorded an album in 1958 for Columbia Records.    

Along with a successful film and music career, she also worked in television making numerous guest appearances on such shows as, "Wagon Train" (1957), "The Love Boat" (1977), "The Red Skelton Show" (1961-1963), "The Dick Powell Show" (1961), "Police Woman"(1974), "Ellery Queen" (1975), "Burke's Law" (1963-1964), "Last Hours Before Morning" (1975) and "Waiting for the Wind" (1990) working with Robert Mitchum.
Rhonda Fleming currently resides in Century City, California and is a member and supporter of Childhelp USA, ARCS, which stands for Achievement Rewards for College Scientists.  She is also a Lifetime Member of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and a Founding Member of  the French Foundation For Alzheimer Research, a Benefactor of the Los Angeles Music Center, and a Member of the Center's Blue Ribbon Board of Directors. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of Olive Crest Treatment Centers for Abused Children and serves as a Board of Directors Trustee of World Opportunities International.

Along with her husband in 1991, they established the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Women's Comprehensive care at UCLA Medical Center.  Fleming was nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" because her fair complexion and flaming red hair photographed exceptionally well in Technicolor

Throughout her lifetime Fleming was married a total of six times.  First she married Thomas Lane but they divorced in 1948 having only one child together.  She then married Dr. Lew Morrell on July 11th, 1952 through 1958.  Marriage number three was to actor Lang Jeffries from April 3rd, 1960 to January 11th, 1962.  Fleming then decided to marry for a fourth time to Hall Bartlett on March 27th, 1966 through 1972.  Her fifth marriage was to Ted Mann from March 11th, 1978 through January 15th, 2001 when he passed away.  Fleming's final marriage was to Darol Wayne Carlson from 2003 till present. 

Fleming has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  To this day, she continues to be involved in her charity work especially focusing on the field of cancer care.   

1990   Waiting for the Wind
1980   The Nude Bomb 
1979   Love for Rent
1978   The Love Boat
1976   Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1975   Ellery Queen
1975   Last Hours Before Morning
1975   Kung Fu 
1974   Police Woman 
1974   McMillan & Wife
1973   Needles and Pins 
1973   Search
1965   Run for Your Wife  
1965   The Virginian
1963-1964  Burke's Law 
1964   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 
1964   Pão de Açúcar
1958-1963  Wagon Train 
1961-1963  The Red Skelton Hour
1962   Death Valley Days
1962   Follow the Sun
1961   The Dick Powell Theatre
1961   The Investigators 
1961   Hong Kong 
1960   La rivolta degli schiavi  
1960   The Crowded Sky
1959   The Big Circus 
1959   Alias Jesse James 
1958   Home Before Dark 
1958   Bullwhip 
1957   Gun Glory 
1957   The Buster Keaton Story 
1957   Gunfight at the O.K. Corral  
1956   Odongo  
1956   While the City Sleeps 
1956   The Killer Is Loose 
1956   Slightly Scarlet  
1955   The Ford Television Theatre 
1955   Tennessee's Partner
1955   The Best of Broadway
1954   The Queen of Babylon 
1954   Yankee Pasha
1954   Jivaro 
1953   Those Redheads from Seattle  
1953   Inferno
1953   Pony Express  
1953   Serpent of the Nile 
1953   Tropic Zone
1952   The Golden Hawk
1952   Hong Kong 
1951   Crosswinds
1951   Little Egypt 
1951   The Last Outpost
1951   The Redhead and the Cowboy  
1951   Cry Danger 
1950   The Eagle and the Hawk 
1949   The Great Lover
1949   A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
1947   Out of the Past  
1947   Adventure Island
1946   Abilene Town 
1945   The Spiral Staircase
1945   Spellbound  
1944   When Strangers Marry
1944   Since You Went Away
1943   In Old Oklahoma 

Matinee Classics - Adventure Island starring Rory Calhoun, Rhonda Fleming, Paul Kelly, John Abbott, Alan Napier and Douglas Spencer
Matinee Classics - Out of the Past starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb, Steve Brodie, Virginia Huston, Paul Valentine, Dickie Moore and Ken Niles
Matinee Classics - Out of the Past starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb, Steve Brodie, Virginia Huston, Paul Valentine, Dickie Moore and Ken Niles
Matinee Classics - Tennessee's Partner starring John Payne, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Coleen Gray, Anthony Caruso, Morris Ankrum, Leo Gordon, Chubby Johnson, Joe Devlin, Myron Healey and John Mansfield

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