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Also Known As: Dagmar Winter,Dagmar Spencer-Marcus Died: May 5, 2011
Born: June 8, 1931 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: Cast ...


Though Dana Wynter held a number of leading parts in television, her breakthrough film role was as Becky Driscoll, patient and former love interest of main character Dr. Miles Bennell in 1956's original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." The sci-fi classic served as a metaphor for anti-communist paranoia of the McCarthy era; Wynter's character, Becky, and Dr. Bennell fight to warn humankind about the Pod People, emotionless physical duplicates who take possession of the bodies of humans. Thanks to the exposure Wynter gained from the critically acclaimed film, she shared a Golden Globe win the following year for Most Promising Female Newcomer with fellow actresses Anita Ekberg (of "La Dolce Vita") and Victoria Shaw. After this win, Wynter appeared in fairly prominent movie roles, including Holly, fiancée of Rock Hudson's character in the Kenyan war drama "Something of Value"; and Jennifer Curtis, the love interest in the IRA drama "Shake Hands with the Devil," co-starring James Cagney. In the '60s and '70s, Wynter took roles primarily in television, including a cameo on the iconic Western "Gunsmoke" and a twice-occurring role on the mystery series "The Rockford Files," starring James Garner. Though she largely retired from acting after the early '80s, she appeared in one '90s TV movie before retreating from the spotlight. Wynter died in 2011.


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Dana Wynter (born Dagmar Winter on June 8, 1931) is a German/American actress. She appeared in film and television for more than four decades beginning in the 1950s. Wynter was born in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of a noted surgeon. She grew up in England. When she was sixteen, her father went to Morocco to operate on a woman who wouldn't allow anyone else to attend her; he visited friends in Southern Rhodesia, fell in love with it and brought his daughter and her stepmother to live with him there. Wynter later enrolled as a pre-med student at Rhodes University (the only girl in a class of 150 boys) and also dabbled in theatre, playing the blind girl in a school production of "Through a Glass Darkly", in which she says she was "terrible". After a year-plus of studies, she returned to England and shifted gears, dropping her medical studies and turning to an acting career. Wynter began her cinema career in 1951 by playing small roles, usually 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 played similar small roles. She was appearing in the play "Hammersmith" when an American agent told her he wanted to represent her. She was seen as Morgan Le Fay's servant in an uncredited role in the 1953 MGM historical film, "Knights of the Round Table". Wynter left for New York on November 5, 1953, "Guy Fawkes Day," a holiday commemorating a 1605 attempt to blow up the Parliament building. "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." 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, with Otto Preminger) and "Studio One" (1955, with Barry Sullivan), among others. She then moved west to Hollywood where, in 1955, she was placed under contract by 20th Century Fox. In that same year, she won the Golden Globe award for Most Promising Newcomer, a title she shared with Anita Ekberg and Victoria Shaw. Wynter graduated to playing major roles in major films. In 1956, she co-starred with Kevin McCarthy, Larry Gates, and Carolyn Jones in what was to become perhaps her most famous role in the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956). She starred opposite Robert Taylor in "D-Day the Sixth of June" (1956), alongside Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier in "Something of Value" (1957), Mel Ferrer in "Fräulein" (1958), Robert Wagner in "In Love and War" (1958), James Cagney and Don Murray in "Shake Hands with the Devil" (1959), Kenneth More in "Sink the Bismarck" (1960) and Danny Kaye in "On the Double" (1961). She also played a leading role in "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963). After that role and for the next 20 years, she appeared as a guest star in literally dozens of television series... and in occasional cameo roles in films such as "Airport" (1970). In 1966-67, she co-starred with Robert Lansing in the television series, "The Man Who Never Was", but the effort lasted only one season. She appeared in the Irish Soap Opera Bracken (which also starred a young Gabriel Byrne) between 1978 and 1980. In 1993, she returned to TV to play Raymond Burr's wife in "The Return of Ironside". Wynter divorced her only husband, celebrity attorney Greg Bautzer, in 1981. She and Bautzer had one child: Mark Ragan Bautzer, born on January 29, 1960. Wynter, once called Hollywood's "oasis of elegance", now divides her time between homes in California and County Wicklow, Ireland

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