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Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
(8 June 1931[1][2] – 5 May 2011) was a German-born English[3] actress, who was brought up in Britain and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for more than 40 years, beginning in the 1950s with her best-known film being Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). A tall, dark beauty, she played both victim and villain. Her characters sometimes faced horrific dangers, both in film and on television, which they often did not survive, but she also played scheming, manipulative women on television mysteries and crime procedural dramas.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 British Films 2.2 New York 2.3 20th Century Fox 2.4 1960s 2.5 Later Career

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Selected television and filmography 6 Awards 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Wynter was born as Dagmar Winter[4] in Berlin, Germany[5][6] the daughter of Dr. Peter Winter, a British surgeon, and his wife Jutta Oarda, a native of Hungary. She grew up in Britain.[5][6] When she was 16, her father visited friends in Southern Rhodesia, fell in love with the country, and brought his daughter and her stepmother to live with him there.[5] Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
(as she called herself and pronounced Donna) later enrolled at South Africa's Rhodes University
Rhodes University
as the only female student in a class of 150). She took in theatre, playing the blind girl in a school production of Through a Glass Darkly, a role in which she said she had been "terrible".[5] After a year of studies, she returned to Britain, abandoned her medical studies, and turned to acting.[citation needed] Career[edit] British Films[edit] Wynter began her cinema career at 21 in 1951, playing small roles, often uncredited, in British films. One such was Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) in which other future leading ladies, Kay Kendall, Diana Dors, and Joan Collins
Joan Collins
played similarly small roles. She was appearing in the play Hammersmith
Hammersmith
when an American agent told her he wanted to represent her. She was again uncredited when she played Morgan Le Fay's servant in the MGM
MGM
film Knights of the Round Table (1953). Wynter left for New York on 5 November 1953, Guy Fawkes Day
Guy Fawkes Day
(which commemorates a failed attempt in 1605 to blow up the old House of Lords). "There were all sorts of fireworks going off", she later told an interviewer, "and I couldn't help thinking it was a fitting send-off for my departure to the New World."[citation needed] New York[edit] Wynter had more success in New York than in London. She appeared on the stage and on TV, where she had leading roles in Robert Montgomery Presents (1953), Suspense (1954), Studio One (1955), a 1963 episode of The Virginian ("If You Have Tears"), and a 1965 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ("An Unlocked Window"), which won an Edgar Award.[7] 20th Century Fox[edit] She moved to Hollywood, where in 1955, she was placed under contract by 20th Century Fox. In that same year, she won the Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award for Most Promising Newcomer, a title she shared with Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
and Victoria Shaw. She graduated to playing major roles in major films. She co-starred with Kevin McCarthy, Larry Gates, and Carolyn Jones, playing Becky Driscoll in the original film version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).[1] She starred opposite Robert Taylor in D-Day the Sixth of June
D-Day the Sixth of June
(1956), alongside Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
and Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
in Something of Value
Something of Value
(1957), Mel Ferrer
Mel Ferrer
in Fräulein (1958), Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner
in In Love and War (1958), James Cagney
James Cagney
and Don Murray in Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) and the last of her 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
contract roles opposite Kenneth More
Kenneth More
in Sink the Bismarck!
Sink the Bismarck!
(1960). 1960s[edit] She then starred opposite Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
in On the Double (1961), and George C. Scott
George C. Scott
in The List of Adrian Messenger
The List of Adrian Messenger
(1963).[8] In shooting two films in Ireland, she made a second home there with her husband, Hollywood
Hollywood
divorce lawyer Greg Bautzer. Over the following two decades, she guest-starred in dozens of television series and in occasional cameo roles in films such as Airport (1970). She appeared as various British women in the ABC television series Twelve O'Clock High (1964–66). In 1966–67, she co-starred with Robert Lansing (who had been the original star of Twelve O'Clock High) on The Man Who Never Was, but the series lasted only one season. She guest-starred in 1968 in The Invaders in the episode "The Captive", and in 1969, on the second version of The Donald O'Connor Show. On Get Smart, The Rockford Files and Hart to Hart, she played beautiful, upper-class schemers and villains.[8] Later Career[edit] She appeared in the Irish soap opera, Bracken (1978–80). In 1993, she returned to television to play Raymond Burr's wife in The Return of Ironside.[9] Personal life[edit]

Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
with her son Mark (1963)

In 1956, Wynter married celebrity attorney Greg Bautzer; they divorced in 1981. Bautzer and she had one child — Mark Ragan Bautzer, born on 29 January 1960. Wynter, once referred to as Hollywood's "oasis of elegance", divided her time between her homes in California and Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland. An antiapartheid advocate, she refused to open a performance centre because she discovered that black and white children would have to attend on alternate days.[10] She also planned to make a film criticising the policy, which was to have been written by an American and filmed in Australia.[citation needed] In the late 1980s, Wynter authored the column "Grassroots" for the newspaper The Guardian
The Guardian
in London.[11] Writing in both Ireland and California, her works concentrated mainly on life in both locations leading her to use the titles Irish Eyes and California
California
Eyes for a number of her publications.[12][13] July 2008 had Wynter involved in a legal dispute over the proceeds of the sale of a €125,000 Paul Henry painting, Evening on Achill Sound. The painting, which hung in the family home in County Wicklow, was said to have been bought for her in 1996 by her son, Mark Bautzer, as a gift.[14] The dispute was resolved in the High Court in 2009.[15] Death[edit] Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
died on 5 May 2011 from congestive heart failure at the Ojai Valley
Ojai Valley
Community Hospital's Continuing Care Center; she was 79 years old. She had suffered from heart disease in later years, and was transferred from the hospital's intensive care unit earlier in the day. Her son Mark said she was not expected to survive, and "she stepped off the bus very peacefully."[16] Selected television and filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1951 Night Without Stars Casino Patron Uncredited

1951 White Corridors Marjorie Brewster

1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Myrtle Shaw

1952 The Woman's Angle Elaine Credited as Dagmar Wynter

1952 The Crimson Pirate Baron Gruda's travelling companion Credited as Dagmar Wynter

1952 It Started in Paradise Barbara, the model Credited as Dagmar Wynter

1953 Knights of the Round Table Morgan Le Fay's Servant Uncredited

1955 The View from Pompey's Head Dinah Blackford Higgins

1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Becky Driscoll

1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard Francine Rapport Season 1, Episode 24 "Death in the Dressing Room" - credited as Dagmar Wynter

1956 D-Day the Sixth of June Valerie Russell

1957 Something of Value Peter's Betrothed – Holly

1958 Fräulein Erika Angermann

1958 In Love and War Sue Trumbell

1959 Shake Hands with the Devil Jennifer Curtis

1960 Sink the Bismarck! Second Officer Anne Davis

1961 On the Double Lady Margaret MacKenzie-Smith

1961 Wagon Train Lizabeth Ann Calhoun Episode: "The Lizabeth Ann Calhoun Story"

1962 The Dick Powell Show Barbara Bellamore Episode: "The Great Anatole"

1962 Wagon Train Lisa Raincloud Episode: "The Lisa Raincloud Story"

1963 The Virginian Leona Kelland Episode: "If You Have Tears"

1963 The List of Adrian Messenger Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm

1964 Twelve O'Clock High Ann Mcrae Episode: "Interlude"

1965 Twelve O'Clock High Lady Catherine Hammet Episode: "The Cry of Fallen Birds"

1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Stella Episode: "An Unlocked Window"

1965 The Wild Wild West Lady Beatrice Marquand-Gaynesford Episode: "23 – The Night of the Two-Legged Buffalo"

1966 My Three Sons Maggie Episode: "From Maggie with Love "

1966 to 1967 The Man Who Never Was Eva Wainwright 18 episodes

1967 Dundee and the Culhane Martha 1 episode, "The Widow's Weeds Brief"

1968 The Invaders Dr. Katherina Serret 1 episode, "The Captive"

1968 If He Hollers, Let Him Go! Ellen Whitlock

1968 Companions in Nightmare Julie Klanton Television film

1969 Get Smart Ann Cameron Episode: " Widow Often Annie"

1970 Airport Cindy

1970 Triangle Olive Millikan

1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Julie Croft Episode: "False Spring"

1972 Hawaii Five-O Claudine Episode: "The Ninety Second War: Part One"

1973 Santee Valerie

1975 Le Sauvage Jessie Coutances

1975 The Lives of Jenny Dolan Andrea Hardesty Television film

1978 to 1982 Bracken Jill Daly 5 episodes

1979 Backstairs at the White House Mrs. Colgate Miniseries

1979 The Rockford Files Princess Irene Rachevsky Episode: "Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs"

1981 Hart to Hart Silvia Van Upton Episode: "Ex-wives Can Be Murder"

1981 Magnum, PI Lydia Ross Episode: "Double Jeopardy"

1982 The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana Queen Elizabeth II Television film

1982 Magnum, PI Velma Troubshaw Episode: "Foiled Again"

1993 The Return of Ironside Katherine Ironside Television film, (final film role)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Notes

1956 Golden Globes
Golden Globes
– Most Promising Newcomer – Female[17] Won with Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
and Victoria Shaw

References[edit]

^ a b "Dana Wynter". The Telegraph. London. 9 May 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011.  ^ Thursby, Keith (8 May 2011). " Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
dies at 80; actress in 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2011.  ^ Biodata ^ Some sources indicate she was born Dagmar Spencer-Marcus ^ a b c d Weaver, Tom (2001). I Was a Monster Movie Maker. McFarland. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-7864-1000-2.  ^ a b Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
profile at FilmReference.com ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 16 March 2015.  ^ a b Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
on IMDb ^ Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
on IMDb ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 9 June 1971 ^ Dana Wynter, "Grassroots: The pheasant who came to dinner,",The Guardian (London), 25 January 1986 ^ "Poor little shepherd who's lost his way ... baa baa baa" The Guardian (London), 14 November 1987. ^ "Going west/ Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
who has lived in California
California
for 25 years, finds the place a nightmare", The Guardian
The Guardian
(London), 12 January 1989. ^ "Former Hollywood
Hollywood
star takes case in dispute over painting", The Irish Times (Dublin), 10 July 2008 ^ "Dispute between Killybegs
Killybegs
businessman and Hollywood
Hollywood
actress settled", Donegal Democrat, 16 July 2009. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-05-09. , Ojai Valley
Ojai Valley
News Blog ^ Awards for Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
on IMDb

External links[edit]

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(1962) Sue Lyon, Patty Duke, Rita Tushingham
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(1964) Mia Farrow, Mary Ann Mobley, Celia Kaye
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(1968) Olivia Hussey, Marianne McAndrew
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(1975) Marilyn Hassett (1976) Jessica Lange
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(1977) Irene Miracle (1979) Bette Midler
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 37118104 LCCN: no91003533 ISNI: 0000 0001 1933 704X GND: 152158111 SUDOC: 067210732 BNF: cb14045621c (data) SN

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