Dina Merrill Net Worth

We sure love our actresses. Dina Merrill is no exception. As an Actor, Model, Businessperson, Philanthropist, Socialite, Film Producer from New York City, New York, United States. Born on December 29, 1923 into the family of Edward Francis Hutton, Marjorie Merriweather Post Eleanor Post Hutton, Adelaide Breevort Close, this United States of America woman is famous for her many roles on large and small movies as well as TV. Standing at unknown, Dina Merrill studied and graduated from George Washington Universit, Washington, D.C. (for one term), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City. The actress’ family is comprised of her spouse Ted Hartley (m. 1989), Cliff Robertson (m. 1966–1989), Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. (m. 1946–1966), kids Heather Robertson, Nedenia Rumbough, Stanley Rumbough, David Rumbough. As most of famous actresses, Dina Merrill has amassed a large net worth with a lot of money under her name. Successful box office hits and terrific performances on the small and large screen have earned this woman tons of accolades and recognition across the board. So, what about numbers? Her net worth is calculated to be $5 Billion.

Read more about Dina Merrill Biography

Dina Merrill’s father was a very wealthy man, Edward Francis Hutton, who worked as a stockbroker. She was taught at Miss Porter’s School, and later studied at the George Washington University, although she dropped out to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Dina Merrill appeared in numerous minor roles,  but her noticeable debut on the big screen was a role in the film “Desk Set” (1957), an American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang. Subsequently, she starred alongside Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in the film “Operation Petticoat” (1959) directed by Blake Edwards. Dina became loved by cinema goers and critics, and it was believed that she was the face to replace the famous actress Grace Kelly, so much so that in public she was introduced as Hollywood’s new Grace Kelly. However, she landed roles in only 20 feature films after 1960. The most significant roles she landed were in “The Sundowners”(1960) directed Fred Zinnemann, “The Young Savages” (1961) directed by John Frankenheimer, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”(1963) directed by Vincente Minnelli, “I’ll Take Sweden”(1965) directed by Frederick de Cordova, “Just Tell Me What You Want”(1980) directed by Sidney Lumet, “Caddyshack II”(1988) directed by Allan Arkush, and “Suture”(1993) directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. It is worth mentioning that all her appearances were well evaluated by critics, and increased her wealth as well as fame.

To add more, Dina Merrill appeared on television too. As a guest star she landed roles in such popular television series as “Calamity Jane” (1960), “Bonanza”(1966), and “Batman”(1968). Moreover, Dina also starred on the stage of Broadway, too; her best roles were landed in the musicals “On Your Toes” and “Wit & Wisdom”. Again, her net worth appreciated with each appearance.

Dina Merrill was a highly respected personality. Her later duties involved working at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as a trustee, and at the New York City Mission Society as a vice president. She was also on the board of directors as well as the compensation committee of Lehman Brothers for more than 18 years. In 2005 Dina Merrill was rewarded by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for her lifetime achievements.

Dina Merrill was married three times, firstly in 1946 to Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. with whom she had three children, although they divorced after two years of marriage. In 1966 she married actor Cliff Robertson, a marriage which lasted for 20 years and saw a daughter born before ending in the same way as the first. Merrill was married to Ted Hartley from 1989. until her passing on 22 May 2017, after suffering from  Lewy body dementia.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Dina Merrill
  • Net Worth: $5 Billion
  • Date Of Birth: December 29, 1923
  • Died: 22 May 2017
  • Place Of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model, Businessperson, Philanthropist, Socialite, Film Producer
  • Education: George Washington Universit, Washington, D.C. (for one term), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Spouse: Ted Hartley (m. 1989), Cliff Robertson (m. 1966–1989), Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. (m. 1946–1966)
  • Children: Heather Robertson, Nedenia Rumbough, Stanley Rumbough, David Rumbough
  • Parents: Edward Francis Hutton, Marjorie Merriweather Post
  • Siblings: Eleanor Post Hutton, Adelaide Breevort Close
  • Nicknames: Dina Merrill-Hartley , Deenie , Nedenia Marjorie Hutton , Nedenia Hutton
  • IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0581277
  • Allmusic: www.allmusic.com/artist/dina-merrill-mn0002459429
  • Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award (American Academy of Dramatic Arts)
  • Movies: “The Sundowners”(1960), “The Young Savages” (1961), “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”(1963), “I’ll Take Sweden”(1965), “Just Tell Me What You Want”(1980), “Caddyshack II”(1988), “Suture”(1993)
  • TV Shows: “Calamity Jane” (1960), “Bonanza”(1966), “On Your Toes”, “Wit & Wisdom”


  • Daughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton.
  • Ex-stepmother of Stephanie Robertson.
  • At a net worth of over $5 billion, she is by far the richest actress in the world. While this list changes every year, she has consistently held the #1 spot every year.
  • Both she and her then husband Cliff Robertson played “Special Guest Villains” in Batman (1966).
  • She is one of only seven actors to have played “Special Guest Villains” in Batman (1966) who are still alive, the others being Julie Newmar, John Astin, Joan Collins, Glynis Johns, Barbara Rush and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
  • She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
  • Two of her three children with first husband Stanley Rumbaugh, Jr–a Colgate heir–are David (deceased) and Nina. She and second husband Cliff Robertson are the parents of daughter Heather Robertson (deceased).
  • Her cousin was heiress Barbara Hutton, who at one time was married to Cary Grant, who later co-starred with Merrill in Operation Petticoat (1959).
  • In April 2005, she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
  • As an actress, socialite and model, she made the cover of Life magazine on January 11, 1960.
  • On the artistic side, she is a trustee of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and a director of the Museum of Broadcasting. She was also a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
  • When one of her children was diagnosed with diabetes, she became one of the founders of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, which is dedicated to diabetic research. She is also a director of Project Orbis, a flying ophthalmological hospital which teaches advanced eye care and performs surgical techniques around the world.
  • On Broadway in the 1940s before moving to film, she was hardly ever stretched during her career, being typed rather severely as a tactful, altruistic wife in family fare or as an elegant socialite and patron of the arts in sophisticated fluff.
  • Spent her winters growing up at Mar-A-Lago, the largest and most elaborate estate in Palm Beach, Florida. As of this writing, Mar-a-Lago is owned by Donald Trump, who runs the estate as a private club and residence. Trump rescued the estate from condemnation in 1985 and painstakingly restored it to its former glory.
  • Her mother’s first husband, Edward Bennett Close, later became the grandfather of actress Glenn Close.
  • Received the Women’s International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1994.
  • Current husband Ted Hartley was a regular on the television series Peyton Place (1964). In 1989, they bought RKO Pictures, which they manage today. The studio’s recent film was Mighty Joe Young (1998).


Title Year Status Character
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 2009 Woman in Courtroom (uncredited)
Shade 2003 Dina
The Glow 2002 TV Movie Phoebe Janusz
The Magnificent Ambersons 2002 TV Movie Mrs. Johnson (as Dina Merrill-Hartley)
100 Centre Street 2001 TV Series Judge Helen Randolph
Meeting Genevieve 2000 Short Mother
The Other Sister 1999 Pucky (uncredited)
Mighty Joe Young 1998 Society Woman
A Chance of Snow 1998 TV Movie Merilee Parker
Vengeance Unlimited 1998 TV Series Ellen Hayworth
Something Borrowed, Something Blue 1997 TV Movie Lydia D’Arcy, Monique’s Mother
Roseanne 1996 TV Series Doris
Milk & Money 1996 Ellen, David’s Mother
The Point of Betrayal 1995
The Nanny 1995 TV Series Elizabeth Sheffield
Open Season 1995 Doris Hays-Britton
Suture 1993 Alice Jameson
Not in My Family 1993 TV Movie Clair Worth
The Player 1992 Celia
Murder, She Wrote 1990-1992 TV Series Annie Floret / Monica Douglas
True Colors 1991 Joan Stiles
Fear 1990 Catherine Tarr
Turn Back the Clock 1989 TV Movie Maureen Dowd
Caddyshack II 1988 Cynthia Young
Twisted 1986 Nell Kempler
Hotel 1984-1986 TV Series Jessica Cabot / Eleanor Blackwood
The Alan King Show 1986 TV Movie Nan Cooper
Hot Pursuit 1984 TV Series Estelle Modrian
Tales of the Unexpected 1984 TV Series Marjorie
Anna to the Infinite Power 1983 Sarah
The Brass Ring 1983 TV Movie Mother
Matt and Jenny 1980 TV Series Adelaide Alcott
Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 Connie Herschel
The Love Boat 1979 TV Series Helen Ames
The Tenth Month 1979 TV Movie Cele
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Mrs. Hickinger
A Wedding 1978 Antoinette Goddard
The Greatest 1977 Velvet Green
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1977 TV Series Thelma March
Quincy M.E. 1976 TV Series Claire Garner
Hawaii Five-O 1976 TV Series Dr. Barbara Dalton
Kingston: Confidential 1976 TV Series Helen Martinson
Switch 1975 TV Series Luciana
Ellery Queen 1975 TV Series Miss Harriet Manners
The Meal 1975 Kelley Fielding (as Miss Dina Merrill)
Throw Out the Anchor! 1974 Lindy Baker
The Odd Couple 1974 TV Series Anita
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1973 TV Series Dr. Carol Brooks
Cannon 1973 TV Series Doris Hawthorne
Running Wild 1973 Whit Colby
Night Gallery 1973 TV Series Ruth Wilson (segment “Hatred Unto Death”)
The Letters 1973 TV Movie Penelope Parkington (The Parkingtons Episode)
Family Flight 1972 TV Movie Florence Carlyle
The F.B.I. 1965-1972 TV Series Christine Minton / Jean Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones 1971 TV Movie Mrs. Greher
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1971 TV Series Madeline Calvert
Medical Center 1971 TV Series Ruth Marlowe
The Virginian 1971 TV Series Laura Duff
The Name of the Game 1969-1970 TV Series Maggie Payden / Nancy Devlin
Aru heishi no kake 1970 Kelly Allen
The Lonely Profession 1969 TV Movie Beatrice Savarona
Mission: Impossible 1969 TV Series Meredyth
Seven in Darkness 1969 TV Movie Emily Garth
The Sunshine Patriot 1968 TV Movie Brancie Hagen
Batman 1968 TV Series Calamity Jan
Run for Your Life 1967 TV Series Caroline Willins
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series Ginny Weldon
Bonanza 1966 TV Series Susannah Clauson
Daktari 1966 TV Series Janet Lorne
12 O’Clock High 1966 TV Series Capt. Patricia Bates
Daniel Boone 1965 TV Series Madeline Lorne
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1963-1965 TV Series Maralise / Joan Cowley
I’ll Take Sweden 1965 Karin Granstedt
The Rogues 1964-1965 TV Series Clothilde Bonheur / Kendall Frazier
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1964 TV Series Jo Andrews
Mickey 1964 TV Series Angela
Rawhide 1964 TV Series Lisa Temple
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1964 TV Series Cameo
Burke’s Law 1963 TV Series Barrie Coleman
The Eleventh Hour 1963 TV Series Rita Hall
The Courtship of Eddie’s Father 1963 Rita Behrens
The Expendables 1962 TV Movie Barbara
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962 TV Series Laura
The Dick Powell Theatre 1962 TV Series Mrs. Eve Emerson / Carol Manson
Kraft Mystery Theater 1962 TV Series Aline Lincoln
The New Breed 1962 TV Series Ruth Kingman
Dr. Kildare 1962 TV Series Evelyn LeFevre
Checkmate 1962 TV Series Laura Hammond
The Investigators 1961 TV Series Valerie Corbin
Westinghouse Presents: The Dispossessed 1961 TV Movie Annette DeGrande
The United States Steel Hour 1961 TV Series Lisa Muller
Twenty Plus Two 1961 Nicki Kovacs
The Young Savages 1961 Karin Bell
Hong Kong 1961 TV Series Helen Rowan Randolph
The Sundowners 1960 Jean Halstead
BUtterfield 8 1960 Emily Liggett
The DuPont Show of the Month 1959-1960 TV Series Laura Hudson / Julie
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1960 TV Series Aline Lincoln
Catch Me If You Can 1959
Operation Petticoat 1959 Lt. Barbara Duran RN
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Laurette Harrington
Don’t Give Up the Ship 1959 Ens. Rita J. Benson
A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed 1958 Margie Solitaire
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series Mary
Climax! 1958 TV Series Iris Farrar
Desk Set 1957 Sylvia Blair
The Phil Silvers Show 1956 TV Series Lieutenant Roxberry / WAC Lieutenant
Playwrights ’56 1956 TV Series Sarah / Mrs. Neville
Four Star Playhouse 1955 TV Series Marcia
Title Year Status Character
Milk & Money 1996 executive producer
Title Year Status Character
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Biography 1993-2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Tanner on Tanner 2004 TV Series Herself
American Masters 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Greats 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The 1999 Annual Golden Laurel Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The Annual Museum of Television and Radio Gala 1997 TV Movie Herself
The Annual Artists Rights Foundation Honors Martin Scorsese 1996 TV Movie Herself
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1993 TV Special documentary Herself (uncredited)
This Is Your Life 1993 TV Series documentary Herself
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Herself
Star’s Table 1986 TV Series Herself
The 20th Annual Your Choice for the Film Awards 1985 TV Special Herself
In Concert at the Met 1984 TV Special Herself – Host
Working in the Theatre 1983 TV Series documentary Herself
Bob Hope’s Road to Hollywood 1983 TV Movie Herself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Herself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself – Presenter
Musing 1980 Documentary short Narrator
The Mike Douglas Show 1970-1979 TV Series Herself – Actress / Herself
Over Easy 1979 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1974-1977 TV Series Herself
Password All-Stars 1962-1972 TV Series Herself – Celebrity Contestant
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Herself
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Herself
Girl Talk 1970 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Match Game 1966-1969 TV Series Herself – Team Captain
Personality 1968 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967 TV Series Herself – Guest
I’ve Got a Secret 1967 TV Series Herself – Celebrity Guest
What’s My Line? 1960-1967 TV Series Herself – Panelist / Herself – Mystery Guest
The Bob Hope Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Today 1966 TV Series Herself
To Tell the Truth 1961-1963 TV Series Herself – Panelist
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1963 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Costume Design Awards
Here’s Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1960 TV Series Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1963 TV Series Mary


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