Rhonda Fleming was born on July 14, 1928 in Los Angeles. Her mother, Florence S. Fleming (nee Hopper), was a talented pianist and violinist, while her father, Frank Lloyd Wright, was an experienced carpenter and contractor. Young Rhonda attended private school in Culver City, pipping former piano pupil Adolphus hears on his report card that he was “so dull.” Nevertheless, she was exceptionally good at the piano and performed wonderfully when she was given a chance to play in a band.
From an early age, Rhonda developed a passion for music, and would sped hours practicing and observing the musicians she so longed to one day be like. As a teenager she channeled this new interest in music into channeling her money into her very own career. After her parents divorced when she was sixteen, she entered the world of vaudeville shows and became known as The Nymphomaniac. She gained immediate success, which led her to change her name to Rhonda Fleming in recognition of the fact that she was in fact aymphomaniac. She went on to star in many popular shows, including “The Seven-Year-Old,” “My Fair Lady,” and “The Nutcracker.” During the 1950’s, she also had a role in “Guys and Dolls” and “Caroline, or Let’s Go Lovers,” as well as guest spots on “Irene Bravo.”
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Eventually, Rhonda Fleming began a film career, playing the lead role in “The Seven-Year-Old,” and would later appear in “Of Human Bondage” and “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” Eventually, she would sign on to appear in a string of films that would include “A Christmas Story,” “Gaslight Wedding” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” While some of her film roles did not do her any good, such as “Dr. Who” where she played the first female Time Lord, her most memorable role would be in the critically acclaimed film “Sixties Camelot” where she played a prominent and pivotal character.
With the success of her film career, Rhonda Fleming decided to try her hand at te music business, and in order to do that she decided to get signed to the contract of jazz singer/songwriter Count Basie. The two soon became a huge hit when they performed together at one of the more notorious spots in New York, Shea stadium. It was at this point in their illustrious film career that they were referred to as a “trio,” by the audience, as opposed to just a duo. They went on to have an eighteen-year relationship that saw them collaborate on numerous other hits, as well as go back to Shea stadium to perform with other groups. Their first trip to Europe together, in the form of a world tour, saw them play to a sold out crowd of screaming fans.
Their association with the Los Angeles area would continue to fuel their careers, as they both decided to venture into acting, with some notable roles to their credit. In an interesting bit of trivia, it was said that Fleming once auditioned for the lead role in a remake of the classic spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but was turned down due to her rather large bosom. Instead, Gene Wilder was cast in the role. It was through this role that she would meet her husband, whom she had met while appearing in one of her early films.
While this is just an interesting side story, it shows that Rhonda Fleming was well known throughout the entertainment industry and was certainly popular amongst her fellow contract players. Her long term association with Hollywood, and being recognized for all of her work, only served to heighten her popularity. She is a staple of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where visitors can usually find some information about her life and career. Her many honors include being listed on the American Film Institute’s list of the most honored actors of all time, as well as being listed on the British Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie stars of all time. Her numerous other honors include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being awarded the Order of the Ozzie Award, which is presented by the British Film Institute. Her honors and achievements are extensive and prove that Rhonda Fleming was a truly remarkable woman in her prime.