As lead actress, she starred in Brian De Palma's 1980 erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill, for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress.
In 1942, at 10 years of age, her family moved to Burbank, California, where she attended Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, graduating in 1947, at 15 years of age.
From 1974 to 1978, Dickinson starred as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations.
During her later career, Dickinson starred in several television movies and miniseries, also playing supporting roles in films such as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994), Sabrina (1995), Pay It Forward (2000), and Big Bad Love (2001).
When she hooked up with Young Money and became the hottest woman in the rap game, I was psyched to hear her on the best tracks on the radio.