|Born||Rita Marie Hamilton
August 16, 1935
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Died||January 29, 1981
Los Angeles, California
David Geisel (m. 1963–65)
Born Rita Marie Hamilton in Los Angeles, California, Hamilton was a beauty pageant contestant winning the title of "Miss Optometry" in New York in March 1953. In October 1955, she was named "Deb Star of 1955" along with Cathy Crosby, Anita Ekberg, Lilian Montevecchi, Jody Lawrence, Mara Corday, Lori Nelson, Tracey Morgan, Marisa Pavan, and Gloria Thomas. With little acting experience, she managed to make her debut in the 1955 movie, Good Morning Miss Dove, playing Jincey Baker.
Among her earliest television appearances Hamilton played the role of defendant Elaine Barton in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Cautious Coquette." Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s, Hamilton would go on to land roles on shows like 77 Sunset Strip, The Texan, Dragnet, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and continued modeling for many contemporary magazines. In 1965 she landed her most notable acting role as Pleasure O' Riley in Bewitched. The following year Hamilton appeared in the Japanese Kaiju movie, War of the Gargantuas. She was recommended for the part by her brother, Joe. The director auditioned her, and she was hired for the part of a singer in the film. After filming War of the Gargantuas, she appeared onscreen for the last time in an episode of The Virginian.
Personal life and death
Hamilton married director David Geisel, with whom she had a daughter, Marie, in 1963. The couple divorced in 1965, and Geisel later passed away of a brain tumor in 1968. In 1968 Hamilton married Beverly Hills lawyer Donald Thorman Rosenfeld. Together they had a daughter, Dana, later that same year. She had previously dated Frank Sinatra and actors Eric Fleming and Chris Robinson. She also was linked to screenwriter/producer Sy Bartlett and actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Hamilton died on January 29, 1981, in Los Angeles.
|1950||Our Very Own||Gwendolyn||Credited as Rita Hamilton|
|1955||Good Morning, Miss Dove||Virginia "Jincey" Baker|
|1955–1957||The 20th Century Fox Hour||Susie Hagget
|Episodes: "Christopher Bean"
"The Marriage Broker"
|1956||Bigger Than Life||Pat Wade|
|1958||Perry Mason||Elaine Barton||Episode: "The Case of the Cautious Coquette"|
|1958||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Katie O'Donnell||Episode: "Dead Men Don't Dream"|
|1958||Meet McGraw||Helen Maddon||Episode: "The Setup"|
|1958||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Yvette Greener||Episode: "One Foot in the Grave"|
|1959||The Lineup||Episode: "The Murdered Blonde Case"|
|1959||Never So Few||Margaret Fitch||Alternative title: Campaign Burma|
|1959||77 Sunset Strip||Lili||Episode: "Vacation with Pay"|
|1959||The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp||Miss Doreen||Episode: Dodge is Civilized|
|1959–1960||The Texan||Steve||5 episodes|
|1960||The Unforgiven||Georgia Rawlins|
|1960||Rawhide||Shezoe||Episode: "Incident of the Dancing Death"|
|1961||Westinghouse Playhouse||Sylvia Morrow||Episode: "I Seen the Saw"|
|1965||Bewitched||Priscilla "Pleasure" O'Reilly||Episode: "Pleasure O'Reilly"|
|1965||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Lavinia Brown||Episode: "The Girls of Nazarone Affair"|
|1965||Harlow||Marie Tanner||Scenes deleted|
|1965||Burke's Law||Silkie||Episode: "Steam Heat"|
|1965||The Wild Wild West||Cluny Ormont||Episode: "The Night of the Glowing Corpse"|
|1965||The Smothers Brothers Show||Danielle||Episode: "Boys Will Be Playboys"|
|1966||War of the Gargantuas||Singer|
|1966||My Three Sons||Maxine||Episode: "Call Her Max"|
|1967||Family Affair||Meg||Episode: "Fancy Free"|
|1967||The Pruitts of Southampton||Greta||Episode: "Goddess of Love"|
|1967||Dragnet||Jana Altman||Episode: "The Bank Jobs"|
|1967||The Virginian||Gloria||Episode: "The Fortress"|