“I didn’t want to trade on the Hutton name. I’ve always wanted to make it on my own, and, quite frankly, I don’t know whether my background’s been a help or a hindrance – probably some of both. It is true, however, that many people in the business resent the accident of heritage. Usually they’re standoffish and reserved, waiting to see if I’m going to bark or bite. Once I prove myself a regular fellow, they couldn’t be nicer. But I’ve always got to prove myself.” – Dina Merrill in 1959.
Dina Merrill (1923 – ) was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton. Her father was E.F. Hutton and her cousin was Barbara Hutton. Hollywood promoted her as the new Grace Kelly, which helped and hurt her acting career.