Born 1931 in Kulm, North Dakota, American actress Angie Dickinson began her career on television, appearing in many anthology series during the 1950s, before landing her breakthrough role in Gun the Man Down (1956) and the Western film Rio Bravo (1959), for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.
In her six decade career, Dickinson has appeared in more than 50 films, including China Gate (1957), Ocean’s 11 (1960), The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961), Jessica (1962), Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), The Killers (1964), The Art of Love (1965), The Chase (1966), Point Blank (1967), Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), The Outside Man (1972) and Big Bad Mama (1974).
From 1974 to 1978, Dickinson starred as Sergeant Leann “Pepper” Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations. As lead actress, she starred in Brian De Palma’s erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill (1980), for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress.
During her later career, Dickinson starred in several television movies and miniseries, also playing supporting roles in films such as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994), Sabrina (1995), Pay It Forward (2000) and Big Bad Love (2001).
Through the 1960s and ’70s, she was as popular for her on-screen work as she was for her personal life. A tabloid sensation, she allegedly had affairs with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and John F. Kennedy.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Angie Dickinson in the 1950s and 1960s.