Hollywood actress Rhonda Fleming passed away on Wednesday, October 14th, in Santa Monica, California. The sad news was confirmed by Fleming’s assistant Carla Sapon. She was 97.
Rhonda Fleming was a leading lady of the 1940s and ’50s. She was dubbed the “Queen of Technicolor”. Throughout her career, Fleming acted in more than 40 films.
She starred in many classics including “Since You Went Away” (1944), 1948 musical fantasy “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” alongside Bing Crosby, 1957 Western “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” and the noir “Slightly Scarlet” with John Payne. She also worked with a number of notable directors including the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, in 1945’s “Spellbound,” with Jacques Tourneur on “Out of the Past” and Robert Siodmak on “The Spiral Staircase.”
In her films, Fleming co-starred alongside famous actors like Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Burt Lancaster, Bob Hope, Rock Hudson and Ronald Reagan, with whom she made four films.
Rhonda Fleming was born Marilyn Louis in Hollywood in 1923. Famous agent Henry Wilson changed her name to Rhonda Flemming.
The late film star is survived by her son, Kent Lane, four stepchildren, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.