Angie Dickinson, 91, Lives Alone in Beverly Hills with Her Cats after Her Ex-husband & Daughter Reunited in Heaven
American actress Angeline Dickinson, better known by her stage name Angie, had a long and successful career in television. In the early 1950s, she started appearing on anthology shows and eventually got a role in “Gun the Man Down.” You might also be familiar with her from the Golden Globe-winning film “Rio Bravo.”
Some of her best films include “Jessica,” “The Chase,” “The Outside Man,” “The Art of Love,” “The Killers,” “Ocean’s 11” (the original from 1964 where Frank Sinatra played Danny Ocean), “Pretty Maids All in a Row,” and many others, as Dickinson was busy through the ’60s and the ’70s.
However, her most significant role of all time was as Sgt. Pepper Anderson in “Police Woman.” She was the first female actress to play the leading role in a TV drama. It was a huge hit, and her character inspired a whole generation of girls who decided to become cops.
The actress said that in the early ’70s, it was “unique” to see a woman using a uniform. You must remember that they didn’t have all the fantastic female characters from today on shows like “Law & Order” and “CSI.” But Dickinson proved that a woman was strong enough for the part, and real-life women wanted to become just like her character.
In the PBS series, “Pioneers of Television,” the actress talked about her involvement, and the love audiences have for crime shows. However, Angie never saw herself as a “feminist.” She never competed against men and believed that that competitive drive started the movement. While they might be debatable, the actress explained how she balanced her femininity while maintaining her strong self. Dickinson added:
“When I was up for a role, I didn’t compete with men; it was a role for a woman.”
When asked about the pay gap that has always existed between men and women in entertainment and many other industries, Dickinson only commented that she was “content” with the salary she was offered for some of the projects. Then again, that was a different time. Dickinson also said that “Police Woman” didn’t have a chance to show more. The actress felt like the series was “too clean.” Looking back, she doesn’t like how every episode ended perfectly and how little violence there was.
She wanted to show more consequences for the bad guys, so clearly, Dickinson was not afraid of gore, blood, or pushing envelopes. She believes that shows today, like “Southland” and “Detroit 1-8-7,” do better with those plots.
During the show’s height, Dickinson received many letters from fans, who told the actress they wanted to become police officers because of her. Angie was not just an inspiration for future female cops. She was an icon for Hollywood actresses. Dickinson was over 40 years old during “Police Woman” and worked harder than younger actresses of the era. Furthermore, her attractiveness never faded, even as she aged later.
Always intrigued by her, and that’s why she was the gal pal of the Rat Pack. It has been said that she had a 10-year affair with Frank Sinatra after starring with him on “Ocean’s 11.” It’s also been speculated that she had a relationship with Dean Martin and former president John F. Kennedy.
You might remember her iconic cameo in 2001’s “Ocean’s 11” with George Clooney. That’s why she is still known as a legend among Hollywood actresses. The 91-Year-Old Actress Was Married and Had a Daughter
Angie Dickinson was married twice. Her first husband was Gene Dickinson, and their marriage lasted from 1952 to 1960. The actress moved on to Burt Bacharach. She and the legendary composer were together between 1965 and 1981. It was also Bacharach’s second marriage.
They welcomed their daughter Nikki – the first child for both of them. Unfortunately, she was born prematurely, around three months early in 1966. Years later, Bacharach revealed that Nikki had Asperger’s syndrome, a kind of autism often referred to as “high-functioning autism.”