Rhonda Fleming, star of classic Hollywood films, dead at 97

Rhonda Fleming Passed Away at the Age of 97

Actress Rhonda Fleming, star of Hollywood's Golden Age, has died at the age of 97, her secretary has said. Throughout her career, Fleming acted in more than 40 films.

Later in life, she grew to become a philanthropist and supporter of quite a few organizations preventing most cancers, homelessness and little one abuse.

Her first starring part was in the musical comedy "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1948), as the love interest of Bing Crosby (and as a last-minute replacement for singing star Deanna Durbin, who quit films in 1949).

Marilyn Louis was born in 1923 in Los Angeles Daughter of an insurance salesman and of a model and actress however, she had not thought about it until after leaving Beverly Hills High School a man from a auto told her that she should make movies She wouldn't listen to him but he insisted and showed up at her house it was Henry Wilson a famous agent the guy who drove the emerging careers of Rock Hudson or Robert Wagner. Other notable roles included Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps, Pony Express and The Big Circus. She was then signed to a contract with David O. Selznick, who got her her first part in "Spellbound", which he was producing.

Fleming appeared on Broadway in in Clare Boothe Luce's The Women and toured as Madame Dubonnet in The Boyfriend. Later she appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in a one-woman live performance with compositions from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Fleming received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, at 6660 Hollywood Blvd. Her figure "practically whistles at itself", a film colony scribe observed early in her career, and her red hair and green eyes shone spectacularly in Technicolor.

Fleming was married six times, and her final husband was theater chain mogul Ted Mann (of what was formerly Mann's Chinese Theatre), who joined her in her philanthropic efforts. She opened the Reflections boutique to help cancer patients with items including wigs and prostheses. (Folks Aiding the Homeless), the place she established two Rhonda Fleming Household Facilities.

Although she began her career acting in black and white films, her beauty and sweetness was unsurpassed, however once color appeared on the screens, this beauty was even more impacting everyone who saw her on television. She is survived by son Kent, stepchildren Candace, Cindy, Jill and Kevin, granddaughters Kelly and Kimberly, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She additionally supported the Rhonda Fleming Mann Useful resource Heart for Ladies with Most cancers at UCLA.

Donations could also be made to: P.A.T.H., 340 N. Madison Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004-3504; Saint John's Hospital and Well being Heart Basis, 1328 twenty second Road, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or Childhelp, 4350 E. Camelback Rd., Ste.