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Rhonda Fleming, film star in the 1940s and 1950s, dies at 97

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 17: Rhonda Fleming attends A. C. Lyles Birthday Party at Musso & Frank on May 17, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

Rhonda Fleming was known for her red hair and green eyes, earning her the title of "Queen of Technicolor."

(CNN)Rhonda Fleming, a film star in the 1940s and 50s known as the "Queen of Technicolor," has died, according to her assistant.

Fleming died October 14 in Santa Monica, California, from aspiration pneumonia, her assistant Carla Sapon said.

Fleming was discovered by an agent while running to school, with her first top-featured role being in Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound. " This role led to her starring in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" with Bing Crosby.

She went on to star in more than 40 films during Hollywood's Golden Age of filmmaking.

Fleming also sang, releasing two albums.

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