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October 15, 2021

Gorgeous Photos of Dina Merrill in the 1960s and ’70s

Born 1923 as Nedenia Marjorie Hutton in New York City, American actress, heiress, socialite, businesswoman, and philanthropist Dina Merrill made her debut on the stage in the play The Mermaid Singing in 1945. During the late 1950s and 1960s, she was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement for Grace Kelly, and in 1959, she was proclaimed “Hollywood's new Grace Kelly”.

Merrill’s film credits included Desk Set (1957), A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (1958), Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959), Operation Petticoat (1959), The Sundowners (1960), Butterfield 8 (1960), The Young Savages (1961), The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), I’ll Take Sweden (1965), The Greatest (1977), A Wedding (1978), Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), Anna to the Infinite Power (1983), Twisted (1986), Caddyshack II (1988), Fear (1990), True Colors (1991), The Player (1992), Suture (1993), and Shade (2003). She also appeared in made-for-TV movies, such as Seven in Darkness (1969), The Lonely Profession (1969), Family Flight (1972), and The Tenth Month (1979).

In the 1960s and 1970s, Merrill was also a recurring guest on several network television game and panel shows including Match Game, To Tell the Truth, What’s My Line, and Hollywood Squares. She received the Women’s International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award, in 1994, and a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in April 2005.

Merrill died in 2017 at her home in East Hampton, New York at age 93. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Dina Merrill in the 1960s and 1970s.


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