Best Known For
Sandra Dee became the “Queen of Teens” in 1950s Hollywood, appearing in such films as Gidget and A Summer Place.
Sandra Dee - The Newlywed (2:09)
Sandra Dee - The Big Break (2:20)
Sandra Dee - Child Star (1:56)
John Saxon tells of Sandra Dee's troubled childhood including details of sexual abuse and anorexia.
Sandra Dee met and married Bobby Darin, against her mother's wishes.
Sandra Dee became a model in New York at 13 years old and performed in her first Coca-Cola TV commercial at 14 years old.
Sandra Dee was born to teen parents who divorced while she was very young. Her mother had aspirations for great fame and channeled her desires through Sandra.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on April 23, 1942, Sandra Dee made a splash portraying ingénues in 1950s and 1960s teen films. The late 1960s found her career stumbling, however, and her highly publicized marriage to singer/actor Bobby Darin ended in 1967.
Sandra Dee was born Alexandra Zuck in Bayonne, New Jersey, on April 23, 1942. By age 12, she was a successful model, and she was just 14 when she was signed to her first film, Until They Sail (1957). In 1959, Dee hit box-office success with the beach movie Gidget and the young-love movie A Summer Place. The theme song from A Summer Place became a big hit, and the movie became a touchstone for many young people.
In 1960, Sandra Dee filmed Come September with pop idol Bobby Darin, and they married that same year. Although their marriage remained a secret for years, the couple appeared together in If a Man Answers (1962) and That Funny Feeling (1965). From 1960 through 1963, Dee was one of Hollywood’s top moneymakers, peaking in 1961, the year she took over the role of Tambrey “Tammy” Tyree from Debbie Reynolds, for whom the character was created in 1957’s Tammy and the Bachelor. Dee appeared in two “Tammy” films, but her portrayal of the character never caught on with audiences. Dee appeared in only six other films in the 1960s, and her 1967 divorce from Bobby Darin also marked the end of her short-lived stardom.
Sandra Dee found herself a divorcee in 1967, and the landscape of Hollywood films had also changed: Audiences no longer lined up to see the sugary-sweet fare that made her a star in the early 1960s. Dee appeared in only one (verifiable) big-screen film in the 1970s, The Dunwich Horror (1970), although she starred in four made-for-TV movies. In the 1970s, she played roles on various TV series, such as Night Gallery; Love, American Style; and Fantasy Island. In 1983, she appeared again on Fantasy Island and in her final film, Lost.
Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin had one child together, Dodd Mitchell Darin. Dodd Mitchell later penned a book about his parents, Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, in which he chronicled his mother's anorexia, her drug and alcohol problems, and the sexual abuse Dee suffered as a child.
Six years after their divorce, in 1973, Bobby Darin died. Sandra Dee died from complications from kidney disease in February 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Sandra Dee profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Did you know that since 1912, nearly 50 million girls in the United States have joined the Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts helped an amazingly diverse array of famous women develop a strong foundation of courage, confidence and character. It's no surprise then that quite a few famous women spent time in the sash. Celebrities who got their start selling cookies and earning merit badges include Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter and actress/writer Carrie Fisher; former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan; Olympic skaters Bonnie Blair and Peggy Fleming; astronaut Sally Ride; and iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem. Browse our collection of inspiring famous Girl Scouts who have certainly earned merit badges in their fields.
Girl Scouts 45 people in this group
Famous Taureans 525 people in this group
Famous Actresses 654 people in this group