Kipp Hamilton

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Kipp Hamilton
Born Rita Marie Hamilton
(1934-08-16)August 16, 1934
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died January 29, 1981(1981-01-29) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1953–1967
Spouse(s) David Geisel (m. 1963–65)
Donald Thorman Rosenfeld (m. 1968–81)

Kipp Hamilton (August 16, 1934 – January 29, 1981) was an American actress. She was the sister of producer Joe Hamilton and the sister-in-law of Carol Burnett.


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,[1] Anita Ekberg, Lilian Montevecchi, Jody Lawrence, Mara Corday, Lori Nelson, Tracey Morgan, Marisa Pavan, and Gloria Thomas. With little acting experience, she managed to get her first major role in the 1955 movie, Good Morning Miss Dove, playing Jincey Baker.[2]

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.[3] 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[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
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
Christina Bradley
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"


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