Irene Champlin

Irene Champlin (born Irene Parsons March 16, 1931 in Waurika, Oklahoma, died July 10, 1990, Greenwich, Connecticut) was an American actress. Her most prominent role was as Dale Arden in the 1954-1955 syndicated television series Flash Gordon. Her portrayal of Arden has been praised for breaking from the typical damsel in distress of the earlier comic strip and film serials to present the character as a trained scientist and a "quick thinker who often saved [Flash and Dr. Zarkov] from perishing." In addition to her role as Arden, Champlin had lead roles in the stage productions Calculated Risk and For Crying Out Loud and played the female lead in the motion picture Resistance. Other television appearances included The Perry Como Show, The United States Steel Hour and The Guiding Light. Champlin was married to Paul L. Field and had two daughters, Alicia Field Taylor and Christine Field. She died following an extended illness.


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