Angie Dickinson began her acting career in the 1950s with steady work in episodic television (“Death Valley Days,” “Gunsmoke” and “Perry Mason”), as well as in the occasional feature.
The shapely blond, a kind of thinking man’s sex symbol, first turned heads on the big screen in Howard Hawks’ 1959 western “Rio Bravo.” Lead roles followed in such movies as “The Bramble Bush,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Sins of Rachel Cade,” “The Killers,” “The Art of Love,” “Cast a Giant Shadow” and the cult crime-drama “Point Blank.”
Dickinson continued working regularly in episodic TV and in telefilms throughout the 1960s and ’70s. She is perhaps best known, however, for playing LAPD Sgt. “Pepper” Anderson in the hit mid-’70s series “Police Woman.” The actress earned three Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations (including one win) for the role.
In 1980, she appeared in Brian De Palma’s provocative thriller “Dressed to Kill.” Dickinson gained attention for a fine performance as well as for her steamy shower scene, though it was later revealed she had used a body double.
Over the next two decades, Dickinson acted mainly in television, including the short-lived detective series “Cassie & Co.,” the miniseries “Hollywood Wives” and “Wild Palms” and in various telefilms and episodic guest shots. She was also seen in the features “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” and the remake of “Sabrina.”
Though she acts less frequently now, more recent credits include the features “Duets,” “Pay It Forward” and “Big Bad Love” as well as the 2009 telefilm “Mending Fences.”