Dina Merrill Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career
Dina Merrill Net Worth 2020 – Dina Merrill was an American actress, socialite, philanthropist, and heiress who despite being born in one of the richest American households, worked hard enough to carve a special place for herself among the American elite.
She was born to Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and a Wallstreet professional Edward Hutton.
Dina Merrill was born on 29th December 1923 in New York City to Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress of Post Cereals, and Wall Street stockbroker, Edward Francis Hutton.
Born with a silver spoon, Dina was always a pampered kid, and being the only kid in the family, she was exposed to all sorts of luxuries a child could ever want.
But somehow, Dina was immune to all the glitz and initially wanted to lead a very normal life, which she couldn’t.
She hated all the attention she got because of her rich heritage but she eventually grew to enjoy it and by the time she was a teenager, she was pretty much a part of the American elite, being friends with super-rich kids and going to exotic locations for school holidays.
While most of the rich kids in those times were in the news due to their drug usage among other antics, she kept her dignity intact and stayed out of the news.
Dina was a keen traveler and spent almost half her childhood on the yacht ‘Sea Cloud’ their family-owned.
The yacht had all the luxuries of a five-star hotel and some of their guests during their holidays were the royal British kings and queens, princes and princesses.
While in school, Dina was given a private luxury car and a driver, but she wished to travel in the school bus like other children.
Her father wanted her to study law and enter politics but little Dina had some other dreams. Being an actor wasn’t always on her list but she dreamed of having something of her own.
She got married three times while she was alive, marrying a couple of notable men. The first was Stanley M. Rumbough Jr, who was the son and heir to the Colgate toothpaste empire. Her second husband was Cliff Robertson, the first husband she got who was a part of the film industry.
The actress’ marriage to Cliff was one of her longest, lasting 20 years. Her last husband, who she was with until her death was Ted Hartley. The marriage began in 1989.
Her three marriages produced four children. She had three children with Stanley M. Rumbough. Jr. and a solitary daughter with Cliff Robertson. Her daughter with Cliff, Heather Robertson died in 2007, ten years before her own death in 2017.
Dina Merrill’s other children are Nedenia Colgate Rumbough, David Post Rumbough, and Stanley Rumbough III.
She got enrolled at George Washington University in Washington D.C., but right around that time, her interests shifted from academics to a furthermore interesting career.
Bored with her rich life, she decided to become an actor, so that she could lead to many different lives, and she got herself enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
Dina Merrill made her stage debut in the year 1945, and she didn’t use her father’s approach or money to bag the first role.
It was purely her talent and skills and as she performed on stage for the first time in Broadway ‘The Mermaids Singing’, she got hooked to the performance art and with that, her acting career kicked off.
She ended up doing many plays during her early years and her gorgeous looks and acting prowess drew comparisons with Grace Kelly, a legendary actress, and Dina were now being hailed as the new Grace Kelly.
After a full decade of earning experience and confidence through theatre, it was then the time to move on to the next step, TV, and films and Dina made her film debut with a sensational role in the film ‘Desk Set’ in the mid-50s, where she appeared in a supporting role.
Her solid presence and gorgeous sense of dressing and make-up sort of bound her to certain types of roles as a model wife or a socialite in further films such as ‘Operation Petticoat’, ‘Butterfield 8’ and ‘Young Savages’ and she eventually became one of the most loved and adored actors in the late 50s to early 60s.
Her film career blossomed in the 60s and 70s with some big films such as ‘I’ll Take Sweden’, ‘The Greatest Wedding’ and ‘Just tell me what you Want’ and along with that, she also kept appearing in television on the guest spots on shows such as ‘Bonanza’, ‘The Love Boats’ and ‘The Nanny’.
In her two-episode-long role as a villain in ‘Batman’, she played Calamity Jan.
Her love for the theatrical productions didn’t die even after all the success in TV and films and she was seen in a revival of the musical ‘On Your Toes’ in 1983 and an off-Broadway, ‘Wit & Wilson’.
Her business ventures got her into the news as much as her film roles. In partnership with her third husband Ted Hartley, she merged her company Pavilion Communications with RKO, which laid the foundation of RKO studios.
She was appointed as a trustee to the John F. Kennedy Centre of Performing Arts along with Eugene O’Neill Theatre Company. She also happened to be the New York Mission Society’s vice president.
Her father compelled her to use her excellent business sense for his company E. F. Hutton and Co. and made her one of the board members.
She was one of the decision-makers during the time her father’s company took over Lehman Brothers, creating a stir in the business circles of the United States of America.
In the last few years of life, Dina suffered from a very aggressive form of dementia and succumbed to it on 22nd May 2017. She died peacefully at her residence in New York City at the age of 93.
Dina Merrill had a net worth of $5 billion.