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Louis Epstein
2020-10-17 01:07:42 UTC
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Variety and others report the death on October 14th 2020 of
actress Rhonda Fleming,born August 10th 1923.

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Big Mongo
2020-10-17 03:45:25 UTC
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Variety and others report the death on October 14th 2020 of
actress Rhonda Fleming,born August 10th 1923.
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https://variety.com/2020/film/people-news/rhonda-fleming-dead-spellbound-out-of-the-past-1234808175/


Rhonda Fleming, ‘Queen of Technicolor’ Who Appeared in ‘Spellbound,’ Dies at 97

By Natalie Oganesyan


Rhonda Fleming, star of the 1940s and ’50s who was dubbed the “Queen of Technicolor” and appeared in “Out of the Past” and “Spellbound,” died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., according to her secretary Carla Sapon. She was 97.

Fleming appeared in more than 40 films and worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock on “Spellbound,” Jacques Tourneur on “Out of the Past” and Robert Siodmak on “The Spiral Staircase.”

Later in life, she became a philanthropist and supporter of numerous organizations fighting cancer, homelessness and child abuse.

Her starring roles include classics such as the 1948 musical fantasy “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” alongside Bing Crosby, 1957 Western “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” and the noir “Slightly Scarlet” alongside John Payne.

Her co-stars over the years included Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Burt Lancaster, Bob Hope, Rock Hudson and Ronald Reagan, with whom she made four films. Other notable roles included Fritz Lang’s “While the City Sleeps,” “Pony Express” and “The Big Circus.” One of her last roles was in the Don Adams farce “The Nude Bomb” in 1980, and she spoofed herself as “Rhoda Flaming” in 1976 comedy “Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood” along a bevy of other vintage performers from Dorothy Lamour to Stepin Fetchit and Rudy Vallee.

Born Marilyn Louis in Hollywood, she attended Beverly Hills High and was discovered by the famous agent Henry Wilson while on the way to school, she told the Warner Bros. podcast. Wilson changed her name to Rhonda Fleming and she was then signed to a contract with David O. Selznick. Her first major part was as a nymphomaniac in “Spellbound,” and she said she was so naive she had to look up the word in the dictionary when she was cast.

In addition to cinema, Fleming made her Broadway debut in Clare Boothe Luce’s “The Women” and toured as Madame Dubonnet in “The Boyfriend.” In 1957, Fleming made her stage musical debut in Las Vegas at the opening of the Tropicana Hotel’s showroom. Later she appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in a one-woman concert with compositions from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. In 1960, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fleming also routinely guest-starred on television in series including “Wagon Train,” “Police Woman,” “The Love Boat” and a two-hour special of “McMillan & Wife.” Along with Maureen O’Hara, she was bestowed the nickname of “Queen of Technicolor” for how well her red hair and green eyes photographed in vivid color.

In 1991, Fleming and her late husband Ted Mann of Mann’s Theaters established Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Comprehensive Care for Women with Cancer at UCLA in memory of her sister Beverly, and in 1992, she founded the Rhonda Fleming Mann Resource Center at UCLA. She opened the Reflections boutique to help cancer patients with items including wigs and prostheses.

She also supported Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., where she established the Rhonda Fleming Carlson Inspiration Garden in 2014.

Her other charitable efforts include being an ambassador of Childhelp, dedicated to the care and treatment of victims of child abuse, and P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless), where she established two Rhonda Fleming Family Centers.

After her sister Beverly died of cancer, she became a supporter of cancer research and with her then-husband Ted Mann of Mann Theatres, established the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Women’s Comprehensive Care at UCLA Medical Center. She also supported the Rhonda Fleming Mann Resource Center for Women with Cancer at UCLA. To further research and treatment for women’s cancer, she created The Rhonda Fleming Mann Research Fellowship at the City of Hope Hospital.

Her sixth husband, Darol W. Carlson, died in 2017.

Fleming is survived by her son, Kent Lane, granddaughter, Kelly Harman (Morgan Harman), granddaughter, Kimberly Coleman, as well as well as great-grandchildren, Wagner Harman (Lindsay Harman), Page Harman, Linden Harman, Lane Albrecht, Cole Albrecht and two great-great grandchildren, Ronan and Kiera Harman. She is also survived by step-children, Candace Voien, Cindy Jaeger, Jill Lundstrom and Kevin Carlson.

Donations may be made to: P.A.T.H., 340 N. Madison Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004-3504; Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Foundation, 1328 22nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or Childhelp, 4350 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. F250, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Lenona
2020-10-17 05:30:16 UTC
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So she had great-great-grandchildren...

What I find a little strange is that while in theory, one doesn't have to be over 90 to witness that many generations in one's descendants, it's still somewhat rare, even for a woman over 100, to BE a great-great-grandmother! Wonder why.

That seems to be the case even when you look ONLY at those women who made it to 100 and who had great-grandchildren. After all, even women born in the 19th century sometimes chose not to have children or even to marry - such as the legendary Lillian Gish. But those who did tended to marry before age 25 or so. Of course, husbands tended to be a few years older, and while everyone has eight great-great-grandmothers, only one of those will have an unbroken line of adult female descendants, if you see what I mean. But some couples married very young, especially in the 1950s. (According to historian Stephanie Coontz, that was because, in that decade, "young people were not taught how to 'say no,' they were simply handed wedding rings.")


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2020-10-17 13:08:22 UTC
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This nerdy dirty-blond guy with a lifelong weakness for redheads simply loved the late Fleming's work (and even in monochrome!), most memorably opposite the under-heralded Victor Mature in what for this aging geek's money is hands down the best big-top* film ever, "The Big Circus".

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* Oh, and speaking--or at least typing--of big tops and film, a Q: Which star of stage and screen (as a youngster with his mother as postwar RB-B&B attendees under the big top), survived that huge, deadly tent fire in Hartford? A: Charles Nelson Reilly!
Louis Epstein
2020-10-20 06:43:50 UTC
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So she had great-great-grandchildren...
What I find a little strange is that while in theory, one doesn't have to be
over 90 to witness that many generations in one's descendants, it's still
somewhat rare, even for a woman over 100, to BE a great-great-grandmother!
Wonder why.
The youngest-ever great-great-GREAT-grandmother was not even 89,
and there have been one or two great-great-great-great-grandmothers.

Queen Victoria was a great-grandmother before she turned 60.
Post by Lenona
That seems to be the case even when you look ONLY at those women who made it to
100 and who had great-grandchildren. After all, even women born in the 19th
century sometimes chose not to have children or even to marry - such as the
legendary Lillian Gish. But those who did tended to marry before age 25 or so. Of
course, husbands tended to be a few years older, and while everyone has eight
great-great-grandmothers, only one of those will have an unbroken line of adult
female descendants, if you see what I mean. But some couples married very young,
especially in the 1950s. (According to historian Stephanie Coontz, that was
because, in that decade, "young people were not taught how to 'say no,' they
were simply handed wedding rings.")
USA longevity recordholder Sarah Knauss sat for a 6-generation family
photo when she was 118,her daughter 95,her great-grandson 74,her
great-grandaughter 49,her great-great-granddaughter in her 20s and
her great-great-great-grandson I think 4.
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Lenona.
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