Angie Dickinson Refuses ‘This is Your Life’ Tribute
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ A ″This is Your Life″ tribute to Angie Dickinson ended about as quickly as it began, with the surprised actress exclaiming ″Not on your life 3/8″ and fleeing.
Left behind were host Pat Sajak and the guests waiting to honor her, including Bob Hope, Burt Reynolds, Earl Holliman, Jackie Collins and friends and relatives, said NBC spokeswoman Margo Zinberg.
The tribute was to be part of a ″This is Your Life″ special Nov. 26 on NBC featuring Miss Dickinson and another, unidentified celebrity whose segment has yet to be taped, Zinberg said.
″They should have known - I turned it down years ago,″ Miss Dickinson told Army Archerd, columnist for the trade paper Daily Variety.
Later, Miss Dickinson told KNBC-TV: ″I think it boils down to vanity. I really do. If they brought out all these people ... I would just be sobbing and trying not to cry and I don’t look good crying. Otherwise, I’d probably have done the show.″
The actress had been lured to NBC under the pretext of taking part in an interview for a television special on Brian De Palma, who directed her in his 1980 film ″Dressed to Kill.″
But while the 62-year-old Miss Dickinson was getting ready backstage Tuesday night, Sajak surprised her with the ″this is your life″ greeting which traditionally kicks off the show.
″Oh 3/8 I’m not going to do it 3/8″ the startled Miss Dickinson replied, according to Archerd. ″Not on your life 3/8″
An audience of about 150 people watching on closed-circuit TV saw her refusal. She dashed out through a rear door, accompanied by her agent.
Another honoree will be selected for the show, producers said.