Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I'm Still Spellbound

A native-born Californian, Rhonda Fleming went to school in Beverly Hills, and appeared in over 40 motion pictures, starting with David O. Selznick's SPELLBOUND, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Featured roles in OUT OF THE PAST and THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE lead to starring roles in classics such as CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL, HOME BEFORE DARK, PONY EXPRESS, SLIGHTLY SCARLETT, WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS and THE BIG CIRCUS.

The Famous Author tells me he was 13 when he saw GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL. He says, "She's had a piece of my heart ever since."

At 13, I'm guessing Rhonda might have worked on another of TFA's organs, but I'm not going there. Rhonda is still very active with her charities--the City of Hope, the Rhonda Fleming Clinic for Women's Comprehensive Care at the UCLA Medical Center, and the Rhonda Fleming Family Center at P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless), among them. We wouldn't want to embarrass this gorgeous, generous redhead.

Rhonda also guest-starred on numerous major television shows including WAGON TRAIN, POLICE WOMAN, LOVE BOAT, a two-hour production, THE LAST HOURS BEFORE MORNING, and a two-hour special of McMILLAN AND WIFE, which is my first memory of her.

In private life, Ms. Fleming resides in Century City, California with her new husband, Darol W. Carlson. Rhonda was married for 23 years to Ted Mann, producer and chairman of Mann Theaters, until his death in January 2001.

You can check out her website, www.rhondafleming.com, or even email her directly at email@rhondafleming.com.


Anonymous said...

Hey Austin, tell TFA that I received my book, and am grateful for his Jack Hancock and kind words. It goes on the shelf with my other First Editions!!

Austin Carr said...

TFA said you were a cutie, but I had no idea. I thought he was just thrilled you bought his book. Put on a red wig for me, Toots, and I'll put you on the schedule for Redhead Tuesdays.

And hey. I'm kinda thrilled you bought the book, too. Thanks very much.

Anonymous said...

Austin, this is me running out to buy red hair dye...as long as you promise to save a tequila shot for me.

I'm even telling my friends to buy it - we'll discuss my commission later.