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Sandra Dee

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American actress who became a teenager idol on her behalf roles in Imitation of Existence and Gidget. Her additional credits add a Stranger in my own Arms, A Summer time Place, and Tammy Inform Me Accurate. She became a specialist model at age group four. She debuted in 1957’s The Snow Queen. She became known for playing wholesome and innocent ladies. She was wedded to vocalist? Bobby Darin from 1960 to 1967. The few had one child, Dodd, in 1961. She starred inside a Summer time Place, which presented music compiled by Max Steiner.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sandra Dee
Date Of Birth April 23, 1942
Died February 20, 2005, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Place Of Birth Bayonne, NJ
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education University High School
Nationality American
Spouse Bobby Darin
Children Dodd Mitchell Darin
Parents Mary Cymboliak, John Zuck
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
Movies Gidget, A Summer Place, Come September, If a Man Answers, Imitation of Life, Tammy Tell Me True, Tammy and the Doctor, That Funny Feeling, The Reluctant Debutante, Until They Sail, Portrait in Black, The Restless Years, The Dunwich Horror, Take Her, She's Mine, A Man Could Get Killed, Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!, Romanoff and Juliet, I'd Rather Be Rich, Rosie!, The Wild and the Innocent, A Stranger in My Arms, The Snow Queen, The Daughters of Joshua Cabe, Houston, We've Got a Problem, Lost, Fantasy Island, The Manhunter
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
2Sandra Dee passed away on February 20, 2005, two months away from what would have been her 63rd birthday on April 23.
3Had appeared with then-husband Bobby Darin in three films: Come September (1961), If a Man Answers (1962) and That Funny Feeling (1965).
4Had appeared with John Saxon in three films: The Restless Years (1958), The Reluctant Debutante (1958) and Portrait in Black (1960).
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 135-136. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
6Attended and graduated from Universal High School in Los Angeles, California in June 1958.
7Is portrayed by Kate Bosworth in Beyond the Sea (2004)
8Universal Studios concocted the name 'Sandra Dee' for her by shortening her first name and by using her stepfather's surname initial "D" to sign vouchers.
9She received renewed attention after the release of the movie Beyond the Sea (2004), the biopic about her late husband Bobby Darin that recalled and detailed their stormy, headline marriage. Despite its painful aspects, she reportedly approved of the project and gave it her blessing.
10Is immortalized in the popular song "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" from the movie Grease (1978). The song mocked her squeaky-clean image but Dee reportedly said in a statement that she did not mind, and always had a big laugh about it.
11One of the most successful teenage movie stars of the 20th century, Dee was listed on the Quigley Publications Top Ten Money-Making Stars poll four years in a row, from 1960 through 1963, achieving her highest ranking of #6 in 1961.
12Had two granddaughters: Alexa and Olivia Darin (daughters of Sandra's son Dodd Darin and his wife Audrey Tannenbaum).
13Was diagnosed with throat cancer and kidney failure in 2000.
14Her son, Dodd Mitchell, penned a book about his parents, Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, in 1994. In the book, he chronicled his mother's anorexia, and her drug and alcohol problems.
15After her once-hot career fell apart in the 1970s, she fell victim to anorexia, alcoholism and depression. To the delight of her fans, she resurfaced briefly after two decades of seclusion and was warmly embraced at Beverly Hills Canon Theatre in a stage production of "Love Letters" with her The Restless Years (1958) co-star John Saxon.
16Made her modeling debut in Girl Scouts magazine.
17By 1965, she was the last major star still under an exclusive contract. Was Universal Studios last actress under contract.
18Gave birth to her only child at age 19, a son Dodd Mitchell Cossotto (aka Dodd Darin) on December 16, 1961. Child's father was her ex-husband, Bobby Darin.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frasier1994TV SeriesConnie
Lost1983Penny
Fantasy Island1977-1983TV SeriesMargaret Winslow / Francesca Hamilton
Police Woman1978TV SeriesMarie Quinn
Houston, We've Got a Problem1974TV MovieAngie Cordell
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesAlice Martin
Night Gallery1971-1972TV SeriesMillicent / Marion Hardy / Ann Bolt (segment "Tell David...")
Love, American Style1972TV SeriesJoan / Bonnie Galloway (segment "Love and the Sensuous Twin")
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe1972TV MovieAda
The Manhunter1972TV MovieMara Bocock
Ad est di Marsa Matruh1971
The Dunwich Horror1970Nancy Wagner
Rosie!1967Daphne Shaw
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!1967Heather Halloran
A Man Could Get Killed1966Amy Franklin
That Funny Feeling1965Joan Howell
I'd Rather Be Rich1964Cynthia Dulaine
Take Her, She's Mine1963Mollie Michaelson
Tammy and the Doctor1963Tammy Tyree
If a Man Answers1962Chantal Stacy
Come September1961Sandy Stevens
Tammy Tell Me True1961Tammy Tyree
Romanoff and Juliet1961Juliet Moulsworth
Portrait in Black1960Cathy Cabot
A Summer Place1959Molly Jorgenson
The Wild and the Innocent1959Rosalie
Gidget1959Francie Lawrence aka Gidget
Imitation of Life1959Susie - 16
A Stranger in My Arms1959Pat Beasley
The Restless Years1958Melinda Grant
The Reluctant Debutante1958Jane Broadbent
Until They Sail1957Evelyn Leslie
The Snow Queen1957Gerda (English version, voice)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!1967performer: "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do", "Walk Tall Like a Man", "All I Do Is Dream Of You" uncredited, "The Trolley Song" uncredited
Take Her, She's Mine1963performer: "Hava Nagila", "Come, Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl", "Chantez, Chantez" - uncredited
Tammy and the Doctor1963performer: "Tammy"
Tammy Tell Me True1961performer: "Tammy, Tell Me True"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography2000-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Unseen Hollywood1998TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
Hard Copy1990TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares1972TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHerself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHerself - Recipient

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Home Stories1990Short
Teen Scene1964Video shortHerself
Plages des 60's2010TV Mini-Series documentaryGidget
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialMemorial sequence
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female New Personality
1958Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleUntil They Sail (1957)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star14th place.
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star10th place.
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star9th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star7th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceTake Her, She's Mine (1963)
1963Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star6th place.
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceIf a Man Answers (1962)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star11th place.
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star5th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star14th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceGidget (1959)

TitleSalary
Until They Sail (1957)$6,000

#Quote
1[1967, on her ingenue image]: Look at this - [a] cigarette. I like to smoke. I'm 25 years old, and it so happens that I like to smoke. So out in Hollywood the studio press agents are still pulling cigarettes out of my hand and covering my drink with a napkin whenever my picture is taken. Little Sandra Dee isn't supposed to smoke, you know. Or drink. Or breathe.
2There are constant cycles in history. There is loss, but it is always followed by regeneration. The tales of our elders who remember such cycles are very important to us now.
3Listen to great storytellers; slowly, you will learn about voice, timing, tension, structure, climax - all the things you need to tell stories that will capture the imagination of your audience.
4I don't know anything about making a passionate love story, even if it's appealing for an audience to see a husband and wife make love on the screen.
5Me, I'm good at nothing but walking on the set with a pretty dress.
6I began telling stories as a volunteer in my daughters' school. But I grew up hearing stories from Cuban and Southern storytellers, and I learned a great deal by just being quiet and listening.
7I think male nudity is wonderful.

#Trademark
1Frequent portrayal of wholesome ingénue roles

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