At 92 years old, Angie Dickinson is left alone in her Beverly Hills home – more inside her life right now

Angie Dickinson, renowned as one of the standout actresses of her era, garnered accolades and acclaim for her exceptional performances on screen.

Now at the age of 92, the splendor of her illustrious career seems to have waned. To delve into her current life, read on…

Angeline Dickinson, widely known as Angie, emerged as a prominent figure in American television, commencing her journey with appearances in anthology series in the early 1950s. Her breakthrough came with roles in productions such as “Gun the Man Down” and the memorable “Rio Bravo,” which earned her a coveted Golden Globe award.

Beyond television, Dickinson made significant contributions to cinema, featuring in notable films including “Jessica,” “The Chase,” “The Outside Man,” and “Ocean’s 11 (1964),” among others. Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, she remained in high demand, establishing herself as a sought-after actress.

However, her most impactful portrayal came with her role as Sergeant Pepper Anderson in “Police Woman,” a groundbreaking achievement as it marked the first instance of a woman leading a television series. Her portrayal not only captivated audiences but also inspired young women to pursue careers in law enforcement.

Reflecting on her pioneering role, Dickinson acknowledged the significance of seeing a woman in uniform on television, recognizing its uniqueness in an era dominated by male-centric narratives. Despite not identifying as a feminist, her portrayal empowered countless women to pursue their aspirations.

Regarding the gender pay gap, Dickinson expressed contentment with her salary, emphasizing that she focused on securing roles suited for women rather than competing with men.

While “Police Woman” enjoyed widespread popularity, Dickinson lamented the show’s lack of grittier storytelling, wishing it had depicted more realistic consequences for its characters’ actions. She admired contemporary series like “Southland” and “Detroit 1-8-7” for their more authentic portrayal of law enforcement.

During the show’s peak, Dickinson received numerous letters from fans expressing how her character inspired them to pursue careers in policing. Despite being in her 40s during the show’s run, Dickinson’s dedication and talent shone through, enhancing her allure rather than diminishing it with age.

Rumors abound about Dickinson’s personal life, particularly her alleged relationships with members of the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and even former president John F. Kennedy. These rumors add to the mystique surrounding the enigmatic actress, further cementing her status as a Hollywood icon.The actress also made her famous cameo in 2001’s “Ocean’s 11” with George Clooney.

She is still regarded as a Hollywood legend who is praised by the entire industry even today. In 2020, the actress made a startling revelation in an interview. She appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning Show” where she was asked about her time on “Police Woman.” She revealed that when she was first offered the role, she had wanted “to throw up.” She said at the time it was a “horrendous undertaking.” She revealed the show shot 20 to 21 episodes each season which would be a grueling task. She told the showrunners she would give them four years but no more than that!

She worked on the show for four years and now revealed that she had not been paid much for it. In the end she says it “sapped” years of her life and that it “wasn’t worth it.” When she was asked what prompted her to accept the role, the actress simply replied that David Gerber had told her it would turn her into a household name. But she revealed how at the time it was something she had wanted but things people want change all the time. In her life, the actress has been married twice.

She married her first husband Gene Dickinson in 1952 and their marriage ended in 1960. The actress later met and married Burt Bacharach. She was with him from 1965 to 1981. It was also Bacharach’s second marriage. The couple had a daughter together – the first child for them both. They named their daughter Nikki.

She was born prematurely about 3 months earlier than her due date in 1966. Years later, Angie revealed that her daughter had Asperger’s syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum and often referred to as a type of “high-functioning autism.” Nikki studied geology at Cal Lutheran University. Unfortunately, her eyesight became worse and worse which prevented her from having a career. Her parents then took her to a specialized facility where she lived for ten years.

Sadly Nikki died by suicide in 2007 in her condo in Thousand Oaks. She was 40 years old at the time and a statement released to the public read that she had taken her life to “escape the ravages” in her mind. Angie later said of her daughter, “She was very smart and funny and wonderful. Yeah, so all my memories of her are my best memories.” When Angie got together with Bacharach, he was still unknown in the industry while she was a major name.

But soon Bacharach wrote songs for Dionne Warwick and Butch Cassidy which helped him gain a lot of popularity. While he got busier, Angie was more than happy to take a backseat so she could be a better mother and wife. She even rejected projects to make sure she was close to home at all times.

She did not step out in the industry for a while till “Police Woman” came out. When she got the job, she had a clause added to her contract that said she would be home by 6 p.m. but of course it did not work out the way she had wanted. She would often end up bringing Italian takeout on her way home from work so the family could eat on time. At the time Bacharach told her she was angry all the time, she did not understand what he meant till years later.

She understood much later that she would blame herself for the smallest thing which was hurting her marriage too. She later wondered whether being a Hollywood mom had been worth it and whether her husband would have loved her more had she been a housewife. The couple separated for five years before their divorce. They saw other people during the time but Angie always kept pictures of Bacharach in her home because after all, he was her daughter’s father.

Her daughter was also a musician and played the drums. They had a rocky relationship which was strained especially when Nikki was 14 years old and had joined a religious cult. Nikki was also not very feminine and said she would “never be as feminine” as her mother. Still, the women had a beautiful bond and Angie always wanted her daughter to be close to her.

When she was working on “Pearl,” she took Nikki with her to Hawaii. However, when the two of them were in the water, they met with a tide that led them to collide with a coral reef. Angie was convinced they would not survive. Luckily she was able to keep her daughter safe and above water.

Since Nikki was born premature she had certain health issues like ones with her eyesight. She was also on the autism spectrum. At times Nikki would get physical with her mother but Angie always understood her daughter’s frustrations.

As Nikki’s health demanded more attention, Angie stepped away from her career to focus on her daughter. She remarked, “It wasn’t a sacrifice. Would I have been out working? Yes, I would have been doing plays in Chicago or something like that if I hadn’t had a daughter who needed me. But I did. I didn’t have the gift of free time.”

After her daughter’s tragic death, Angie sought solace from friends, including Gregory Peck’s widow, Veronique, who introduced her to a play by Tony Kushner that explored themes of loss.

Burt Bacharach passed away earlier this year on February 8, 2023, at the age of 94. Despite having other children, Nikki was Angie’s only child. Angie separated and later divorced the famed composer, citing various reasons, including his infidelity.

Reflecting on her relationship with Bacharach, Angie revealed his lack of conventional love and respect for her. Despite this, she acknowledged loving him.

Now living a reclusive but peaceful life in her Beverly Hills home, Angie rarely ventures outside, understandable given her advanced age. Her last film was in 2004, titled “Elvis Has Left The Building,” with a 2009 television appearance in “Mending Fences.”

Although she has largely retired from acting, she made appearances in documentaries and expressed interest in one-woman shows or theater.

At 92, Angie remains concerned about appearances but acknowledges the challenges of maintaining glamour in old age.

Known for her privacy, Angie has resisted tell-all memoirs, preferring to keep her personal life private. Nevertheless, she remains a beloved neighbor in her community.

Despite modern declarations of “strong women,” Angie was a trailblazer in her own right, embodying grace, beauty, and resilience long before it became a trend.

In an era where female pioneers were few, Angie’s legacy as a formidable force in film and television endures, often overshadowed by contemporary narratives.

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