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Dina Merrill Net Worth

Dina Merrill Net Worth is
$5 Billion

Dina Merrill Biography

Nedenia Marjorie Hutton was born on 29th December 1923, in New York City, USA, and as Dina Merrill was well known as an actress and socialite, though Dina added sums to her net worth as a businesswoman, too. More, she was a prominent philanthropist. Merrill was active in the entertainment industry from 1945 to 2009, before passing away in 2017.

How much was Dina Merrill’s net worth? It has been estimated that her wealth was as high as $5 billion; when her father died she inherited $250 million before adjusting money for inflation. At that time, she was only 27 years old, and a huge responsibility to manage money wisely fell on her shoulders.

Dina Merrill Net Worth $5 Billion

Dina Merrill’s father was a very wealthy man, Edward Francis Hutton, who worked as a stockbroker. She was taught at Miss Porter’s School, and later studied at the George Washington University, although she dropped out to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Dina Merrill appeared in numerous minor roles,  but her noticeable debut on the big screen was a role in the film “Desk Set” (1957), an American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang. Subsequently, she starred alongside Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in the film “Operation Petticoat” (1959) directed by Blake Edwards. Dina became loved by cinema goers and critics, and it was believed that she was the face to replace the famous actress Grace Kelly, so much so that in public she was introduced as Hollywood’s new Grace Kelly. However, she landed roles in only 20 feature films after 1960. The most significant roles she landed were in “The Sundowners”(1960) directed Fred Zinnemann, “The Young Savages” (1961) directed by John Frankenheimer, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”(1963) directed by Vincente Minnelli, “I’ll Take Sweden”(1965) directed by Frederick de Cordova, “Just Tell Me What You Want”(1980) directed by Sidney Lumet, “Caddyshack II”(1988) directed by Allan Arkush, and “Suture”(1993) directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. It is worth mentioning that all her appearances were well evaluated by critics, and increased her wealth as well as fame.

To add more, Dina Merrill appeared on television too. As a guest star she landed roles in such popular television series as “Calamity Jane” (1960), “Bonanza”(1966), and “Batman”(1968). Moreover, Dina also starred on the stage of Broadway, too; her best roles were landed in the musicals “On Your Toes” and “Wit & Wisdom”. Again, her net worth appreciated with each appearance.

Dina Merrill was a highly respected personality. Her later duties involved working at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as a trustee, and at the New York City Mission Society as a vice president. She was also on the board of directors as well as the compensation committee of Lehman Brothers for more than 18 years. In 2005 Dina Merrill was rewarded by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for her lifetime achievements.

Dina Merrill was married three times, firstly in 1946 to Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. with whom she had three children, although they divorced after two years of marriage. In 1966 she married actor Cliff Robertson, a marriage which lasted for 20 years and saw a daughter born before ending in the same way as the first. Merrill was married to Ted Hartley from 1989. until her passing on 22 May 2017, after suffering from  Lewy body dementia.

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Quick Facts

Full NameDina Merrill
Net Worth$5 Billion
Date Of BirthDecember 29, 1923
Died22 May 2017
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
ProfessionActor, Model, Businessperson, Philanthropist, Socialite, Film Producer
EducationGeorge Washington Universit, Washington, D.C. (for one term), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseTed Hartley (m. 1989), Cliff Robertson (m. 1966–1989), Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. (m. 1946–1966)
ChildrenHeather Robertson, Nedenia Rumbough, Stanley Rumbough, David Rumbough
ParentsEdward Francis Hutton, Marjorie Merriweather Post
SiblingsEleanor Post Hutton, Adelaide Breevort Close
NicknamesDina Merrill-Hartley , Deenie , Nedenia Marjorie Hutton , Nedenia Hutton
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dina_Merrill
Allmusicwww.allmusic.com/artist/dina-merrill-mn0002459429
AwardsLifetime Achievement Award (American Academy of Dramatic Arts)
Movies“The Sundowners”(1960), “The Young Savages” (1961), “The Courtship of Eddie's Father”(1963), “I'll Take Sweden”(1965), “Just Tell Me What You Want”(1980), “Caddyshack II”(1988), “Suture”(1993)
TV Shows“Calamity Jane” (1960), “Bonanza”(1966), “On Your Toes”, “Wit & Wisdom”


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Daughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton.
2Ex-stepmother of Stephanie Robertson.
3At a net worth of over $5 billion, she is by far the richest actress in the world. While this list changes every year, she has consistently held the #1 spot every year.
4Both she and her then husband Cliff Robertson played "Special Guest Villains" in Batman (1966).
5She is one of only seven actors to have played "Special Guest Villains" in Batman (1966) who are still alive, the others being Julie Newmar, John Astin, Joan Collins, Glynis Johns, Barbara Rush and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
6She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
7Two of her three children with first husband Stanley Rumbaugh, Jr--a Colgate heir--are David (deceased) and Nina. She and second husband Cliff Robertson are the parents of daughter Heather Robertson (deceased).
8Her cousin was heiress Barbara Hutton, who at one time was married to Cary Grant, who later co-starred with Merrill in Operation Petticoat (1959).
9In April 2005, she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
10As an actress, socialite and model, she made the cover of Life magazine on January 11, 1960.
11On the artistic side, she is a trustee of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and a director of the Museum of Broadcasting. She was also a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
12When one of her children was diagnosed with diabetes, she became one of the founders of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, which is dedicated to diabetic research. She is also a director of Project Orbis, a flying ophthalmological hospital which teaches advanced eye care and performs surgical techniques around the world.
13On Broadway in the 1940s before moving to film, she was hardly ever stretched during her career, being typed rather severely as a tactful, altruistic wife in family fare or as an elegant socialite and patron of the arts in sophisticated fluff.
14Spent her winters growing up at Mar-A-Lago, the largest and most elaborate estate in Palm Beach, Florida. As of this writing, Mar-a-Lago is owned by Donald Trump, who runs the estate as a private club and residence. Trump rescued the estate from condemnation in 1985 and painstakingly restored it to its former glory.
15Her mother's first husband, Edward Bennett Close, later became the grandfather of actress Glenn Close.
16Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1994.
17Current husband Ted Hartley was a regular on the television series Peyton Place (1964). In 1989, they bought RKO Pictures, which they manage today. The studio's recent film was Mighty Joe Young (1998).


Pictures

All Dina Merrill pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Special PrizeHamptons International Film FestivalTed Hartley (RKO Pictures)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Supporting PerformanceBUtterfield 8 (1960)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt2009Woman in Courtroom (uncredited)
Shade2003Dina
The Glow2002TV MoviePhoebe Janusz
The Magnificent Ambersons2002TV MovieMrs. Johnson (as Dina Merrill-Hartley)
100 Centre Street2001TV SeriesJudge Helen Randolph
Meeting Genevieve2000ShortMother
The Other Sister1999Pucky (uncredited)
Mighty Joe Young1998Society Woman
A Chance of Snow1998TV MovieMerilee Parker
Vengeance Unlimited1998TV SeriesEllen Hayworth
Something Borrowed, Something Blue1997TV MovieLydia D'Arcy, Monique's Mother
Roseanne1996TV SeriesDoris
Milk & Money1996Ellen, David's Mother
The Point of Betrayal1995
The Nanny1995TV SeriesElizabeth Sheffield
Open Season1995Doris Hays-Britton
Suture1993Alice Jameson
Not in My Family1993TV MovieClair Worth
The Player1992Celia
Murder, She Wrote1990-1992TV SeriesAnnie Floret / Monica Douglas
True Colors1991Joan Stiles
Fear1990Catherine Tarr
Turn Back the Clock1989TV MovieMaureen Dowd
Caddyshack II1988Cynthia Young
Twisted1986Nell Kempler
Hotel1984-1986TV SeriesJessica Cabot / Eleanor Blackwood
The Alan King Show1986TV MovieNan Cooper
Hot Pursuit1984TV SeriesEstelle Modrian
Tales of the Unexpected1984TV SeriesMarjorie
Anna to the Infinite Power1983Sarah
The Brass Ring1983TV MovieMother
Matt and Jenny1980TV SeriesAdelaide Alcott
Just Tell Me What You Want1980Connie Herschel
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesHelen Ames
The Tenth Month1979TV MovieCele
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Hickinger
A Wedding1978Antoinette Goddard
The Greatest1977Velvet Green
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977TV SeriesThelma March
Quincy M.E.1976TV SeriesClaire Garner
Hawaii Five-O1976TV SeriesDr. Barbara Dalton
Kingston: Confidential1976TV SeriesHelen Martinson
Switch1975TV SeriesLuciana
Ellery Queen1975TV SeriesMiss Harriet Manners
The Meal1975Kelley Fielding (as Miss Dina Merrill)
Throw Out the Anchor!1974Lindy Baker
The Odd Couple1974TV SeriesAnita
Marcus Welby, M.D.1973TV SeriesDr. Carol Brooks
Cannon1973TV SeriesDoris Hawthorne
Running Wild1973Whit Colby
Night Gallery1973TV SeriesRuth Wilson (segment "Hatred Unto Death")
The Letters1973TV MoviePenelope Parkington (The Parkingtons Episode)
Family Flight1972TV MovieFlorence Carlyle
The F.B.I.1965-1972TV SeriesChristine Minton / Jean Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones1971TV MovieMrs. Greher
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1971TV SeriesMadeline Calvert
Medical Center1971TV SeriesRuth Marlowe
The Virginian1971TV SeriesLaura Duff
The Name of the Game1969-1970TV SeriesMaggie Payden / Nancy Devlin
Aru heishi no kake1970Kelly Allen
The Lonely Profession1969TV MovieBeatrice Savarona
Mission: Impossible1969TV SeriesMeredyth
Seven in Darkness1969TV MovieEmily Garth
The Sunshine Patriot1968TV MovieBrancie Hagen
Batman1968TV SeriesCalamity Jan
Run for Your Life1967TV SeriesCaroline Willins
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesGinny Weldon
Bonanza1966TV SeriesSusannah Clauson
Daktari1966TV SeriesJanet Lorne
12 O'Clock High1966TV SeriesCapt. Patricia Bates
Daniel Boone1965TV SeriesMadeline Lorne
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963-1965TV SeriesMaralise / Joan Cowley
I'll Take Sweden1965Karin Granstedt
The Rogues1964-1965TV SeriesClothilde Bonheur / Kendall Frazier
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesJo Andrews
Mickey1964TV SeriesAngela
Rawhide1964TV SeriesLisa Temple
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1964TV SeriesCameo
Burke's Law1963TV SeriesBarrie Coleman
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesRita Hall
The Courtship of Eddie's Father1963Rita Behrens
The Expendables1962TV MovieBarbara
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesLaura
The Dick Powell Theatre1962TV SeriesMrs. Eve Emerson / Carol Manson
Kraft Mystery Theater1962TV SeriesAline Lincoln
The New Breed1962TV SeriesRuth Kingman
Dr. Kildare1962TV SeriesEvelyn LeFevre
Checkmate1962TV SeriesLaura Hammond
The Investigators1961TV SeriesValerie Corbin
Westinghouse Presents: The Dispossessed1961TV MovieAnnette DeGrande
The United States Steel Hour1961TV SeriesLisa Muller
Twenty Plus Two1961Nicki Kovacs
The Young Savages1961Karin Bell
Hong Kong1961TV SeriesHelen Rowan Randolph
The Sundowners1960Jean Halstead
BUtterfield 81960Emily Liggett
The DuPont Show of the Month1959-1960TV SeriesLaura Hudson / Julie
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1960TV SeriesAline Lincoln
Catch Me If You Can1959
Operation Petticoat1959Lt. Barbara Duran RN
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesLaurette Harrington
Don't Give Up the Ship1959Ens. Rita J. Benson
A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed1958Margie Solitaire
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesMary
Climax!1958TV SeriesIris Farrar
Desk Set1957Sylvia Blair
The Phil Silvers Show1956TV SeriesLieutenant Roxberry / WAC Lieutenant
Playwrights '561956TV SeriesSarah / Mrs. Neville
Four Star Playhouse1955TV SeriesMarcia

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Milk & Money1996executive producer

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Biography1993-2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Tanner on Tanner2004TV SeriesHerself
American Masters2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Greats1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The 1999 Annual Golden Laurel Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The Annual Museum of Television and Radio Gala1997TV MovieHerself
The Annual Artists Rights Foundation Honors Martin Scorsese1996TV MovieHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
This Is Your Life1993TV Series documentaryHerself
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
The 20th Annual Your Choice for the Film Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
In Concert at the Met1984TV SpecialHerself - Host
Working in the Theatre1983TV Series documentaryHerself
Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood1983TV MovieHerself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
Musing1980Documentary shortNarrator
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself
Over Easy1979TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1974-1977TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1962-1972TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHerself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Girl Talk1970TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Match Game1966-1969TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
Personality1968TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967TV SeriesHerself - Guest
I've Got a Secret1967TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Guest
What's My Line?1960-1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Mystery Guest
The Bob Hope Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Today1966TV SeriesHerself
To Tell the Truth1961-1963TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Costume Design Awards
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1963TV SeriesMary
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