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Dina Merrill Biography

Birth Name:
Nedenia Marjorie Hutton
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Mother Marjorie Merriweather Post was heiress to the Post Cereal company; Merrill's childhood winter home was the Mar-a-Lago estate, which was bought by Donald Trump in 1985
  • Though her family was very wealthy, she supported herself by earning $10 an hour modeling clothes for Vogue magazine
  • Outside of her successful motion picture work, she also appeared in several popular TV shows such as Bonanza, Batman and Mission: Impossible
  • Was an early ambassador for and the face of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research
  • Created JDRF's annual Rumbough Award for scientific excellence, in recognition of outstanding achievement in diabetes research after the passing of her diabetic son David Rumbough in 1973