RIP Rhonda Fleming

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Just saw that we lost another long-lived star from Hollywood's Golden Age.

The gorgeous redhead had standout roles in Alfred Hitchcock's underrated Spellbound, the noir classic Out of the Past, and the 3D adventure Inferno, among many others.

She was 97.






 

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Oddly, her given first name was Marilyn, but changed for the movies. (In fact, Rhonda Fleming was three years older than Marilyn Monroe.)
 
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Oddly, her given first name was Marilyn, but changed for the movies. (In fact, Rhonda Fleming was three years older than Marilyn Monroe.)
Born Marilyn Louis in 1923. Like so many Hollywood stars back then, she too changed her name but most did so to hide their ethnicity or to cover up for less than ideal names for movie stars.

Marion Morrison just doesn't conjure up a manly image as much as John Wayne

Archibald Leech doesn't come off as a suave and sophisticated ladies man as much as Cary Grant

The list is huge really.
 

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Born Marilyn Louis in 1923. Like so many Hollywood stars back then, she too changed her name but most did so to hide their ethnicity or to cover up for less than ideal names for movie stars.

Marion Morrison just doesn't conjure up a manly image as much as John Wayne

Archibald Leech doesn't come off as a suave and sophisticated ladies man as much as Cary Grant

The list is huge really.
Fleming's mother Effie Graham was a stage actress who worked with Al Jolson on Broadway at the Shubert rented Winter Garden Theater in 1914 and 1915 in the musical Dancing Around, the same time Marilyn Miller (born Mary Ellen Miller) was performing in The Passing Show. No doubt that's who Rhonda Fleming was originally named after, Marilyn Miller. (My mother's mother was also named after Marilyn Miller after her pregnant mother saw Miller perform live in St. Louis, where my grandmother was born. Marilyn Miller was easily the greatest female stage star prior to the establishment of talking pictures, a prima ballerina who could sing and mentored Fred Astaire.)
 
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In my own mind for some reason, the physically powerful Maureen O'Hara (who repeatedly hoisted a drunk Yvonne DeCarlo on her shoulders in a fireman's carry up a flight of stairs to fall backwards down those stairs over and over in a great comic stunt scene for McLintock!) defined the fiery redhead as hot tempered and rowdy (which she was), while Rhonda Fleming defied it as much more of a gentler lass. Here's an extremely rare photograph of the two together, Rhonda on the left visiting Maureen on the set of "Against All Flags" in 1952. This is something akin to the few photographs of Marilyn Monroe with Jayne Mansfield.