Angie Dickinson is an American actress who has had a successful career spanning over six decades in film, television, and theatre. She is best known for her roles in films like Rio Bravo, Ocean’s 11, Dressed to Kill and the 1970s TV series Police Woman, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Angie Dickinson has built an impressive net worth through her extensive acting work.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Angie Dickinson was born Angeline Brown on September 30, 1931 in Kulm, North Dakota. She was of German descent. In 1942, her family moved to California where she attended Immaculate Heart High School and Glendale Community College. She entered a beauty pageant and placed second which led to her appearing in several small roles in films and television shows in the early 1950s, often cast as the sexy femme fatale.
Her first major role came in 1954 when she played the lead in Lucky Me with Doris Day and Robert Cummings. She continued getting bigger parts in films like Gun the Man Down with James Arness, Tennessee’s Partner with John Payne, and I Married a Woman. Her breakout role was in Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo in 1959 starring opposite John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.
Television and Film Career Highlights
Throughout the 1960s, Dickinson alternated between film and television roles. She appeared in Ocean’s 11 with the Rat Pack in 1960 and Jessica with Maurice Chevalier in 1962. On television, she guest-starred on shows like The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, The Virginian, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Dickinson had her greatest success on television in the 1970s. She starred as Sergeant Leann ‘Pepper’ Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman from 1974-1978. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the pioneering show about a female police detective. She also starred in several TV miniseries like Pearl (1978) and Cassie & Co. (1982).
In film, Dickinson had a major role in John Boorman’s Point Blank (1967) with Lee Marvin. Her most memorable film of the 1970s was Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller Dressed to Kill (1980) where she portrayed Kate Miller, a sexually frustrated Manhattan housewife.
Later films include Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Sabrina (1995), and Pay It Forward (2000). Her last roles were in two telefilms: Mending Fences in 2009 and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 2010.
Net Worth and Income Sources
Over her decades-long career, Angie Dickinson has amassed an estimated net worth of $25 million as of 2022. In her prime during the 1970s and 80s, she earned $100,000 per episode for Police Woman. She also earned sizable salaries for her various film roles over the years.
In addition to acting income, Dickinson has earned income from endorsement deals, investments, and real estate holdings. She was one of the first celebrities to endorse a product nationally when she signed an exclusive contract to be the spokesperson for the new Polaroid Swinger camera in 1965.
Dickinson has made smart investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate which have grown her wealth over the decades. She owns multiple properties in California.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Angie Dickinson married former football player Gene Dickinson in 1952. They had a daughter named Nikki before divorcing in 1960. She then had a long on-again, off-again relationship with actor Burt Bacharach from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s.
Dickinson has supported various charity organizations over the years. She sat on the board of the American Wild Horse Sanctuary and supports animal welfare groups like the Humane Society. She also supports environmental causes and women’s empowerment organizations.
Despite being in her 90s, Dickinson still makes occasional television and film appearances. She enjoys a quieter life focusing on her hobbies like gardening, cooking, and photography.
With an extensive career spanning over 60 years, Angie Dickinson has become one of the most successful actresses of her generation. Her groundbreaking work in film and television has earned her an estimated $25 million net worth. Through smart investments and entrepreneurship, Dickinson has been able to grow her wealth and live comfortably in her retirement years while also giving back through philanthropy. With her icon status cemented, Angie Dickinson remains an inspiration for aspiring actresses in Hollywood