native-born Californian, Rhonda Fleming attended Beverly Hills public and private schools. Her mother, Effie Graham, was a famous model and actress in New York. She has a son, Kent Lane, and two granddaughters, Kimberly and Kelly.
She has appeared in over 40 motion pictures, starting with top featured roles in David O. Selznick's SPELLBOUND, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, RKO's OUT OF THE PAST and THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE and leading into starring roles in classics such as CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL, HOME BEFORE DARK, PONY EXPRESS, SLIGHTLY SCARLETT, WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS and THE BIG CIRCUS.
Among her co-stars ... Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Burt Lancaster, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Rock Hudson and Ronald Reagan (with whom she made four films).
In addition to motion pictures, Miss Fleming starred in her Broadway debut in Clare Booth Luce's THE WOMEN, and in the role of LALUME in KISMET at the Los Angeles Music Center, and toured as MADAME DUBONNET with THE BOYFRIEND. She made her stage musical debut in Las Vegas at the opening of the new Tropicana Hotel's showroom. Later, she appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in a one-woman concert of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin compositions. She also starred in a national ten-week concert tour with Skitch Henderson featuring the music of George Gershwin. She has guest-starred on numerous major television shows including WAGON TRAIN, POLICE WOMAN, LOVE BOAT, a two-hour production, THE LAST HOURS BEFORE MORNING, and a two-hour special of McMILLAN AND WIFE. The 1990 television production, WAITING FOR THE WIND, reunited her with her former co-star, Robert Mitchum.
In private life, Miss Fleming resides in Century City with her new husband, Darol W. Carlson. Rhonda was married for 23 years to Ted Mann, producer and chairman of MANN THEATRES, until his death in January 2001.
Miss Fleming was a founding member of STOP CANCER with Dr. Armand Hammer started in 1988.
She is an Ambassador of CHILDHELP USA,
ARCS (ACHIEVEMENT REWARDS FOR COLLEGE SCIENTISTS); a Life Associate of PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY;
a Lifetime Member of the FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE; a Founding Member of the FRENCH FOUNDATION FOR ALZHEIMER RESEARCH;
a Benefactor of the LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER: and a Member of the Center's Blue Ribbon Board of Directors.
She is a Member of the Advisory Board of OLIVE CREST TREATMENT CENTERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN, and served as a Board of Directors Trustee of WORLD OPPORTUNITIES INTERNATIONAL. Miss Fleming is also a member of the GUIDEPOSTS National Advisory Cabinet, as well as being an active member of the New Century Circle and Public Relations Boards of the SAINT JOHN'S HEALTH CENTER FOUNDATION.
In addition, she created at the CITY OF HOPE the RHONDA FLEMING MANN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP to further advance research and treatment associated with women's cancer.
In 1991, Miss Fleming established in memory of her sister Beverly, the RHONDA FLEMING CLINIC FOR WOMEN'S COMPREHENSIVE CARE at the UCLA Medical Center. This Clinic provides a full range of expert gynecologic and obstetric care to women from all walks of life. She also founded in 1992 the Rhonda Fleming Resource Center for Women with Cancer at UCLA. In May 1997, Rhonda opened Reflections, a unique retail store and consultation suite that carries wigs, headcoverings, breast prostheses and other items to help men, women and children deal with the physical appearance changes brought on by cancer and its treatments. The staffs of the clinic and store are guided by her belief that caring, compassion, communication and commitment are essential components of the healing process.
Currently Miss Fleming is also on the Board of P.A.T.H.(People Assisting the Homeless) and established the Rhonda Fleming Family Center at P.A.T.H. to house women and children off the street. Offering many services including job training, job placement, education for mothers and children, medical care, social services and legal advice.
"and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me."