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Merrill was born in New York City on December 29, , although for many years her date of birth was given as December 9, On advice from her half-sister's then husband, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill , a famous stockbroker like her father. During the late s and s, Merrill was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement for Grace Kelly ,  and in she was proclaimed "Hollywood's new Grace Kelly". Merrill appeared in numerous television series in the s, such as playing the villain, "Calamity Jan," in two episodes of Batman alongside then-husband Cliff Robertson.
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N. She was Merrill played nurse Lt. She and Hartley created the Hartley Merrill International Screenwriting Prize, for which the couple received a special prize at the Hamptons Film Festival in for their support of screenwriters in developing nations.