Tuesday, March 8, 2011

RIP Tara Ashton

Darlene Lucht Brimmer, aka Ms. Tara Ashton of Franklin, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2011 of natural causes. Born on March 17, 1938 to the late Gilbert and Leona Lucht, she studied acting at the Fred Miller Theatre, studied and taught modeling for Rosemary Bischoff; was a photographer's model and awarded the title of Miss

Milwaukee in 1959. She went to Hollywood, where her agent Henry Wilson renamed her Tara Ashton, worked for the Steve Allen Show, for Jerry Lewis, appeared in the movie "Marriage on the Rocks" with Dean Martin, appeared in some of the "Beach Blanket" movies and in "Haunted Palace" with Vincent Price among others. She joined Debra Reynold's, Hollywood Christian Group, helped Frank Sinatra host a party for the Astronauts in Florida, dated other stars including Elvis Presley and Chad Everett until she met the love of her life actor Robert Dix. They married, she joined the Baha'i faith and had a son Rob, which caused her to return to Milwaukee to raise him with the help of her parents. She was an MGIC executive secretary and continued modeling until she retired. Although reticent to talk about her early days, she maintained contact with her old friends in Hollywood, including Harvey Korman and wife Donna and others.

She will be be deeply missed by her dear friends, Ken, Carla, Mark; the entire Milwaukee Bahai community, her beloved son Rob and his devoted wife Lynn, her sons and grandchildren; her ex-husband Robert Brimmer Dix, his wife and family.

For several recent years, Darlene has provided devotion readings for the Sunday morning services at the Milwaukee Baha'i Center. Private funeral services are pending.

ASHTON, Tara (Darlene Lucht Brimmer)
Born: 3/17/1938, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 3/4/2011, Franklin, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Tara Ashton's western - actress:
Five Bloody Graves - 1970 (Althea Richards)

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