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Actress Dina Merrill dies

Socialite-turned-actress Dina Merrill has died at the age of 93.
She had reportedly been suffering from Lewy body dementia, and passed away in New York on Monday (22May17), according to the New York Times.
Born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton, the daughter of finance mogul E.F. Hutton and cereal heir Marjorie Merriweather Post, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill and made her Broadway debut in 1945 in a production of The Mermaids Singing.
After taking some time out of the spotlight to become a mother, she returned with her first movie role in 1957, when she appeared alongside Katharine Hepburn in the comedy The Desk Set.
Art imitated life in 1959’s What Makes Sammy Run, in which she played the daughter of a Wall Street banker, while she also worked with Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8, and with Glenn Ford and Shirley Jones in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.
Her other onscreen credits include Operation Petticoat, The Young Savages, The Player, and The Sundowners.
Merrill, who was also known for her philanthropy, was married three times. First to pharmaceutical heir Stanley M. Rumbough, the father of three of her children, and then to Oscar winner Cliff Robertson, the father of her daughter Heather, who died in 2007. They divorced in 1989 and she went on to wed actor and producer Ted Hartley.

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