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She was a cool blonde, a socialite and she wanted to be a star. But she was not Grace Kelly.
She was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton, youngest daughter of Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and the only child of stockbroker EF Hutton. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and as so not to capitalize on her parents she took her brother-in-law’s suggestion and changed her name to Dina Merrill, the latter picked from another famous stockbroker, Charles Merrill of Merrill-Lynch.More