Saturday, September 28, 2013

RIP Kim Hamilton

Actress Kim Hamilton, 81, who was one of the first African-American actresses to appear on "Days of Our Lives", has passed away. Hamilton died of undisclosed causes on September 16, 2013. Although her date of birth was greatly exaggerated over the years (some sites still say she was born as late as 1946), she was actually born Dorothy May Aiken on September 12, 1932. Hamilton played several nurses on "Days" in the 1960s and 1970s and later would play Penelope Wade, the mother of Abe Carver's girlfriend, Nikki Wade, in 1982.

In a TV Guide interview in the September 7, 1963 edition, Hamilton stated that she wanted to be a lawyer before she decided to become an actress. "[In 1962], when her former press agent took her to court over $75 they say she owed them, she showed what sort of lawyer she would have made. 'My own lawyer said I didn’t have a chance...but I decided to use my experience as an actress and improved.' She studied a couple of law books, went to court without a lawyer, talked for three hours, and won the case.

The article continued that Hamilton "began studying acting at Los Angeles City College. 'But I got bored with it...We never did anything - it was all in books.' She left after one semester and enrolled in acting school. 'I was there almost a year. All the other girls got cards from agents and casting directors, but I never did. I was ready to give up. Then I played the part of a silly secretary and got three cards.' One of the cards led to her first professional role, as Andy’s girl friend in Amos ‘n’ Andy."

Her acting career spanned over six decades. Hamilton appeared on countless hit TV shows, from "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Leave it to Beaver" in the 1960s; "All in the Family", "Kojak" and "Sanford and Son" in the 1970s; "The Jeffersons", "St. Elsewhere" and "Designing Women" in the 1980s; "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "In the Heat of the Night" and "Law and Order" in the 1990s. Her final acting role was on an episode of "Private Practice" in 2008.

Hamilton also appeared in the classic film "To Kill a Mockingbird." In addition to "Days", her soap career included roles on "The Clear Horizon", "General Hospital", "The Young and the Restless", and "Guiding Light." She was a series regular on the primetime series "Executive Suite" and "Trade Winds."

She was married to actor Werner Klemperer from 1997 until his death in 2000. She was predeceased by her son, Robert. Survivors include her daughter, Tanya; son-in-law Henry; four grandchildren, Dana, Corey, Aaron and Cohen; and three great-grandchildren.

Born: 9/12/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/16/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Kim Hamilton’s westerns – actress:
Whiplash (TV) – 1961 (Martin)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962 (Beth Ann Sutter)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966 (Naomi)


  1. Thanks Randolph. Birthdate corrected.

  2. I had to unearth a few shadowy tales after a secretive glimpse behind the curtain aroused my scent Mrs Kim Hamilton adopted the inclination to lie about her private relations, certainly the authentic quality of details are vague to say the least, in reality she couldn't even justify each statement which may cause one to ask if they are purely an invention.

    Tabloid news being wide-spread forever echoing her cunningly practised words, not those of a gentleman being spoken about, Mr Werny Klemperer, otherwise known as everyone's favourite Colonel Klinkhastily told reporters in the early 90's was never Hamilton's no 1 fan, nor had one single picture of her to adorn the house, nor harboured any desire to be admired by her,and nor wished to become her partner, let alone get chained, old friends back up his iinformation. Skip E Lowe queried him then on a television broadcast about women, he explained 'always married to the same lady '.

    Furthermore, the actor made another lecture which contradicts the rumours of dating Hamilton for two decades, it's of a wonderful romance lasting over ten years with a much younger,but sunderstanding, stunning,ffun-loving,white dark-haired green-eyed entrepreneur of cinema, music, psychol, theatrical wartime y, company on his travels, and if apart being in touch ovet the miles.

    I'm urged to believe him after undertaking a search of the archive, and couldn't trace any details verifying Hamilton wed a third man, considering the various names including the one at birth, even rearrangement was made, she never became Klink's bride, nor had the actor taken more wives after a divorce to Ms Louise Troy.

    Werny acted in various roles on television after Colonel Klink threw aside his uniform, enjoyed globe-trotting around the world dedicatedly as narrator of the orchestra.

    Klink was introduced in the studio cafeteria where Hogan's Heroes had began to Hamilton by her boyfriend Mr Ivan Dixon,who played Kinchlow Kinchlow in the comedy hit, ex co-star of the 'Twiight Zone'due to being fed-up, relations of the couple had frictions, yet the actor was later heard to admit, the rendez-vous was the worst mistake of his life, after the chaos got so bad. Furthermore, the meeting wasn't first made on the set of 'Law And Order"in the mid 70's as confirmed by one website.Internet. Werny tried so much to avoid her while located in the same buildings working on the sitcom, and never wanted to share one chapter of the program, he made it clear.

    Werny hadn't liked Hamilton anymore than other dames who flocked around him, including some of the industry's top, notable women, Munro being amongst them in the early days.Hamilton socialized with other movie folks, had on the outside a personality laced in charm, the actor had a minute to spare then for her,as with eeveryone else, and she was friendly, attentive, also knowledgeable, of the business, yet the actor refused working alongside her, after a while Hamilton displayed signs of being unstable, pushy, and obscure, she also imposed herself.

    Evidently, the rumours which began filtering into the media about Werny dating, has given rise to doubt, for example, their backgrounds, racial origins, and culture invited speculation Werny being a gentleman of the old school,bourgeoise
    maestro who inherited opera, violin, and conductor stick, from his traditional family,

    Werny had never fancied her even if she wasn't dark, in any case felt alienated to exist in harmony with a negro lady Hamilton couldn't be in a position to share the gentleman's univese, for him, the music being more important than films, she lived in another, nobody can argue, you might laugh to believe they'd lived together. However, if one views Clint Eastwood's 'Play Misty For Me'then only sympathy for the reputed gentleman like Werny of a benevolent nature takes the director's chair.

  3. He did marry her ..Why would he marry a person he didn't love