Rhonda Fleming, a voluptuous, titian-haired Hollywood actress who described herself as "a nice clean-cut girl from a Mormon background" but made her name on-screen as a femme fatale and distinctly adventurous leading lady, died October 14 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.
She was cast as a nymphomaniac in Spellbound, a term she later admitted she had to look up after being cast.
Although she is best known for her work in film, Fleming also appeared on the stage, making her Broadway debut in The Women in 1973, in the role on Miriam Aarons.
She was a female pirate in "The Golden Hawk" (1952), had an extended bathtub scene in "Pony Express" (1953) starring Charlton Heston, was a belly dancing con artist in "Little Egypt" (1951) and played Cleopatra in "Serpent of the Nile" (1953), with Raymond Burr as an unlikely Mark Antony.
Her beauty helped her become a nightclub star too, and she was chosen to christen the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas in 1957.
Unfortunately the celebrities of the fifties have been losing their lives lately, like Kirk Douglas with whom he shared credits in his first films; Rhonda Fleming Born in Los Angeles in 1923, he studied acting, but also as a backup he studied accounting and typing and shorthand. She also excelled in athletics, leading the women's volleyball and basketball teams at Beverly Hills High School. Wilson modified her title to Rhonda Fleming and he or she was then signed to a contract with David O. Selznick. "I hate men, I loathe them", she tells a psychiatrist played by Ingrid Bergman. She duetted with Crosby on "Once and For Always" and sang solo on "When Is Sometime". Corral, and the noir Barely Scarlet, alongside John Payne.
Her last feature film role was in the spy comedy The Nude Bomb, which released in 1980. After 1975, her screen appearances significantly dwindled.
She was also a humanitarian and philanthropist, establishing the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Comprehensive Care for Women with Cancer at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Rhonda Fleming Carlson Inspiration Garden at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, as well as welfare centers for the homeless. Later, she set up the Rhonda Fleming Mann Research Fellowship at the City of Hope.
She was married six times, including to American businessman Ted Mann, known for once owning Hollywood's historic TCL Chinese Theatre, which he renamed after himself.
Fleming is survived by her son, Kent Lane, granddaughter, Kelly Harman (Morgan Harman), granddaughter, Kimberly Coleman, in addition to effectively as great-grandchildren, Wagner Harman (Lindsay Harman), Web page Harman, Linden Harman, Lane Albrecht, Cole Albrecht and two great-great grandchildren, Ronan and Kiera Harman.