Wealthy Actress, Heiress Dies at 93

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May 23, 2017

A wealthy heiress who acted alongside Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn and grew up at Mar-a-Lago has died at the age of 93.

According to NBC News, Dina Merrill died on Monday.

Raised by very wealthy parents, Merrill grew up in part at the Florida estate now owned by President Trump.

Eschewing her high social status to enter show biz, Merrill began her career in the 1950s and saw early success after Katharine Hepburn recommended her for a role in “The Desk Set,” which also starred Spencer Tracy.

She also starred with Cary Grant in “Operation Petticoat” and with Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8” as part of a career that spanned over 100 movies and TV shows.

The cause of Merrill’s death has not been released.

Her birth name was Nedenia Hutton, but she chose Dina Merrill for her stage name.

She explained once, "I didn't want to trade on the Hutton name. I always wanted to make it on my own."

Merrill used her large inheritance to fund numerous children’s and artistic benefits.

Prayers for her family as they deal with their loss.