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in The Sundowners (1960)
|Born||Nedenia Marjorie Hutton
December 9, 1925
New York, New York, U.S.
|Net worth||$5 billion|
|Spouse(s)||Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr.
Dina Merrill (born December 9, 1925) is an American actress and businesswoman.
Merrill was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton in New York City, the only child of the Post Cereals heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, the Wall Street stockbroker, Edward Francis Hutton. Ms. Merrill was educated at Miss Porter's School and she studied at the George Washington University. She dropped out after a year and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In April 2005, she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Merrill has acted in 22 motion pictures, including 1957's Desk Set, 1959's Operation Petticoat (with Cary Grant, who was married to her cousin, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton), 1960's The Sundowners and Butterfield 8, 1961's The Young Savages, 1963's The Courtship of Eddie's Father, 1977's A Wedding, 1991's True Colors, and 1992's The Player.
Merrill appeared regularly as a guest star on numerous television series in the 1960s, notably as villainess Calamity Jan in a 1966 episode of Batman alongside her then-husband, Cliff Robertson. Also starring in "Bonanza" in the two part episode of "The Pursued" in 1966.
Merrill's theater credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hart musical On Your Toes, starring Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the off-Broadway staged reading of Wit & Wisdom.
Merrill has been married three times. In 1946, she wed Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr., an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur. They had three children. They divorced in 1966. Later that year, she wed Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson. In 1969, Merrill gave birth to a daughter.
In 1989, Merrill married former actor Ted Hartley. In 1991, the couple merged their company, Pavilion Communications, with RKO to form RKO Pictures (which owns the copyright to the films and intellectual property of RKO Radio Pictures movie studio).
Merrill is a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and a vice president of the New York City Mission Society. She served on the board of directors and the compensation committee of Lehman Brothers for over 18 years.