October 30, 2020

Who was Rhonda Fleming, was she married and what were her most famous films?

Who was Rhonda Fleming, was she married and what were her most famous films?

RHONDA Fleming was a Hollywood star in the 1940s and 50s, most famous for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Spellbound in 1945 and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court in 1948.

She was known as the “queen of technicolor” due to her frequent roles in the rise of colored television and movies at that time. 

Rhonda Fleming was a popular Hollywood actress in the 1940's and 1950's

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Rhonda Fleming was a popular Hollywood actress in the 1940’s and 1950’sCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Who was Rhonda Fleming?

Marilyn Louis, aka Rhonda Fleming, 97, hailed from Los Angeles. 

She worked as a film actress while attending Beverly Hills High School and was discovered by an agent named Henry Willson.

He coined her stage name as Rhonda Fleming and signed her to a seven-year contract to begin starring in films.

She starred in various movies by prominent directors such as Alfred Hitchcock

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She starred in various movies by prominent directors such as Alfred HitchcockCredit: Getty – Contributor

Fleming went on to work for producer David O. Selznick under her agent’s watch. 

After eight years she decided to quit working with Selznick and wanted to branch out elsewhere.

She joined Paramount Pictures and starred in a few MGM films in the late 1950’s.

She was discovered by an agent and went on to work with Paramount Pictures and MGM studios

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She was discovered by an agent and went on to work with Paramount Pictures and MGM studiosCredit: AFP

How did Rhonda Fleming die?

The Hollywood star passed away on October 14 at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica

The cause of death has not been revealed.

Fleming was living in Santa Monica at the time of her death

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Fleming was living in Santa Monica at the time of her deathCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Was she married and did she have any children?

Fleming was married six times throughout her life and only had one son with Thomas Wade Lane. 

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She gave birth to Kent Lane, 79 in 1941.

She was married to: Thomas Wade Lane, divorced two years later, Dr. Lewis V. Morrill, divorced two years later, Lang Jeffries, divorced two years later, Hall Bartlett, divorced seven years later, Ted Mann, widowed 24 years later, and Darol Wayne Carlson, widowed 14 years later. 

Her last husband passed away in 2017.

She was known as the 'queen of technicolor' as she starred in the first colored films

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She was known as the ‘queen of technicolor’ as she starred in the first colored filmsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

What films was she in?

Fleming’s career blew up after her role in Hitchcock’s movie and went on to star in her first lead role, Adventure Island.

The star was then casted for The Great Lover, The Last Outpost alongside Ronald Reagan, The Golden Hawk, Cleopatra, Pony Express, Inferno, and many more. 

Fleming also opened a nightclub in Las Vegas after she gave birth to her son

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Fleming also opened a nightclub in Las Vegas after she gave birth to her son Credit: Getty Images – Getty

In May of 1957 she also launched a Tropicana nightclub in Las Vegas where she performed for many years but eventually stopped as she was raising her son Kent. 

In addition to her movie roles, Fleming frequently appeared on television with guest-starring roles on The Red Skelton Show, The Best of Broadway, The Investigators, Shower of Stars, and The Dick Powell Show.

Her last two films were The Nude Bomb in 1980 and Waiting for the Wind in 1990. 

Her last films were in 1980 and 1990

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Her last films were in 1980 and 1990Credit: Getty Images – Getty