“I’m hard to get, John T.,” she says to the stoic Wayne.
The secret crush of generations of male moviegoers, Angie Dickinson walked into Hollywood history as the Rat Pack’s gal pal, kicking off a 10-year affair with Frank Sinatra, playing his wife in the original and catching the eye (if not more) of J. “Knowing Angie, you would think she’d have no trouble with that show; she’d think it was a hoot.” He compares Dickinson to British actress Jacqueline Bisset: “There’s a kind of easiness about the way they carry themselves in the world, a kind of devil-may-care, sexually charged quality. Now 76, Dickinson talks about her marriage to Burt Bacharach, the tragedy of their daughter’s struggle with Asperger’s, and an erratic but memorable career—including the groundbreaking cop show in which Dickinson played Josie Ito, a sexy, villainous grandma—loves about the actress: “That was so ballsy and so antithetical to the culture,” he says.They’ve really seen it all and done it all and don’t give a damn—but in a really elegant way.”That was not the only time Dickinson—born Angeline Brown in North Dakota in 1931—balked about revealing her personal life.In 1989 she returned a six-figure advance from a major publisher for her autobiography.Dickinson’s Sheila is so seductive, so sympathetic, that when she finally shows her true, treacherous nature, you gasp.
The most terrifying moment in the film is when Lee Marvin, playing a vicious hit man, dangles her by her ankles from a hotel window.