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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
1 Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
2 Sandra Dee passed away on February 20, 2005, two months away from what would have been her 63rd birthday on April 23.
3 Had appeared with then-husband Bobby Darin in three films: Come September (1961), If a Man Answers (1962) and That Funny Feeling (1965).
4 Had appeared with John Saxon in three films: The Restless Years (1958), The Reluctant Debutante (1958) and Portrait in Black (1960).
5 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 135-136. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
6 Attended and graduated from Universal High School in Los Angeles, California in June 1958.
7 Is portrayed by Kate Bosworth in Beyond the Sea (2004)
8 Universal 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.
9 She 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.
10 Is 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.
11 One 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.
12 Had two granddaughters: Alexa and Olivia Darin (daughters of Sandra's son Dodd Darin and his wife Audrey Tannenbaum).
13 Was diagnosed with throat cancer and kidney failure in 2000.
14 Her 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.
15 After 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.
16 Made her modeling debut in Girl Scouts magazine.
17 By 1965, she was the last major star still under an exclusive contract. Was Universal Studios last actress under contract.
18 Gave 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
Frasier 1994 TV Series Connie
Lost 1983 Penny
Fantasy Island 1977-1983 TV Series Margaret Winslow / Francesca Hamilton
Police Woman 1978 TV Series Marie Quinn
Houston, We've Got a Problem 1974 TV Movie Angie Cordell
The Sixth Sense 1972 TV Series Alice Martin
Night Gallery 1971-1972 TV Series Millicent / Marion Hardy / Ann Bolt (segment "Tell David...")
Love, American Style 1972 TV Series Joan / Bonnie Galloway (segment "Love and the Sensuous Twin")
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe 1972 TV Movie Ada
The Manhunter 1972 TV Movie Mara Bocock
Ad est di Marsa Matruh 1971
The Dunwich Horror 1970 Nancy Wagner
Rosie! 1967 Daphne Shaw
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! 1967 Heather Halloran
A Man Could Get Killed 1966 Amy Franklin
That Funny Feeling 1965 Joan Howell
I'd Rather Be Rich 1964 Cynthia Dulaine
Take Her, She's Mine 1963 Mollie Michaelson
Tammy and the Doctor 1963 Tammy Tyree
If a Man Answers 1962 Chantal Stacy
Come September 1961 Sandy Stevens
Tammy Tell Me True 1961 Tammy Tyree
Romanoff and Juliet 1961 Juliet Moulsworth
Portrait in Black 1960 Cathy Cabot
A Summer Place 1959 Molly Jorgenson
The Wild and the Innocent 1959 Rosalie
Gidget 1959 Francie Lawrence aka Gidget
Imitation of Life 1959 Susie - 16
A Stranger in My Arms 1959 Pat Beasley
The Restless Years 1958 Melinda Grant
The Reluctant Debutante 1958 Jane Broadbent
Until They Sail 1957 Evelyn Leslie
The Snow Queen 1957 Gerda (English version, voice)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! 1967 performer: "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 Mine 1963 performer: "Hava Nagila", "Come, Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl", "Chantez, Chantez" - uncredited
Tammy and the Doctor 1963 performer: "Tammy"
Tammy Tell Me True 1961 performer: "Tammy, Tell Me True"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Unseen Hollywood 1998 TV Series documentary Herself - Host
Hard Copy 1990 TV Series Herself - Correspondent
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1972 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 37th Annual Academy Awards 1965 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special Herself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Juke Box Jury 1959 TV Series Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series Herself - Recipient

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Home Stories 1990 Short
Teen Scene 1964 Video short Herself
Plages des 60's 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Gidget
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Memorial sequence
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female New Personality
1958 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female Until They Sail (1957)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female Star 14th place.
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female Star 10th place.
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female Star 9th place.
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Star 7th place.
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Comedy Performance Take Her, She's Mine (1963)
1963 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Star 6th place.
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Comedy Performance If a Man Answers (1962)
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Star 11th place.
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Star 5th place.
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Star 14th place.
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Comedy Performance Gidget (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.
2 There 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.
3 Listen 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.
4 I 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.
5 Me, I'm good at nothing but walking on the set with a pretty dress.
6 I 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.
7 I think male nudity is wonderful.

#Trademark
1 Frequent portrayal of wholesome ingénue roles

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