Skip to comments.Actress Sandra Dee dies at age 63
Posted on 02/20/2005 12:37:53 PM PST by drt1
LOS ANGELES - Actress Sandra Dee died Sunday, according to a published report. She was 63.
Her son Dodd Darin, who's father was actor-crooner Bobby Darin, told CNN the actress had been hospitalized to undergo treatment for kidney disease and pneumonia before she passed away on Sunday morning.
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Goodbye to the original Gidget. Damn I loved those movies!!
I wonder what the kidney disease was. RIP.
Wow, 63 is pretty young...
God rest her soul...
Goodbye Sandra :(
Frankly I am not surprised by this.
Poor Sandra had been an alcoholic and pill popper for a lot of years and only recently had tried to get her life in some kind of order.
It was said that for many years she hardly ever left her apartment and had a very lonely life. Seems she suffered greatly after Bobby Darin died and that led to her long spiral down.
Very sad, she was a pretty good actress and at one time what a beauty. Another idol from my youth gone.
I loved the recent moveie, "Beyond the Sea", about Bobby Darin. Sandra Dee was a big part of that movie. I wonder what she thought of it?
I am so sorry to hear of her passing at such a young age. RIP.
I remember the scene with Cliff Robertson..the "Big Kahuna"..
Unfortunately, Dee had a long history of anorexia and alcoholism. Too bad.
She had a very sad life; she never got over Bobby Darin.
On Larry King Live, her son said she loved it.
Watch it! Hey, I'm Doris Day I was not brought up that way Won't come across even Rock Hudson lost His heart to Doris Day
I don't drink I swear I don't rat my hair I get ill from one cigarette Keep your filthy paws off my silky drawers Would you pull that crap with Annette?
As for you Troy Donahue I know what you wanna do You've got your crust I'm no object of lust I'm just plain Sandra Dee
Elvis, Elvis, let me be Keep that pelvis far from me Just keep your cool now your starting to drool
Hey, Fongul, I'm Sandra Dee
I gto to meet Bobby Darrin as a teenager..He graduated from my HS..Bx HS of Science, in NYC..his real name was Waldo Robert Cassato..he graduated a few years before I started there..he came back to school to endow a music scholarship..that assembly rocked..I remember it like yesterday..
Just saw on IMDB that she suffered throat cancer and kidney problems back in 2000. She she has been in ill health for a long time.
It is so sad and what a waste.
DARIN: What was interesting was her reaction when she saw the film.
KING: Which was?
DARIN: She went with her assistant to watch it privately. I wasn't there. Kevin wasn't there. That's how she wanted it. And she came over right afterwards to my house. And she's a good actress. But she ain't that good. She was speechless. She was just moved and touched. And she came in and she said, "you know, I'm so proud to have been part of his life, to have spent those years with him. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
And I was with my family, my daughters. And I just took the moment. And it was -- it was beautiful. Because she's had her share of problems, publicly, you know, over the years. And this was a shot in the arm, some joy for her, some happiness. And it was beautiful. It was a beautiful moment. And as she said, I mean, that's how it was.
SPACEY: She called me after.
KING: Oh, yeah?
SPACEY: And she was incredibly generous on the phone and said she wouldn't change a frame of the film. She was very, very happy.
KING: How's your mother today?
DARIN: She has good days and bad. I mean, I think you know, she has some kidney problems. But knock on wood, she's still fighting, and enjoying being a grandma.
KING: Still in love?
DARIN: That's forever.
With her son Dodd.
This is very sad news. Thanks for posting all the info about her. God Bless her and her surviving family. May she rest in peace.
I thought that Bobby Darin had had a heartache for Connie Francis and that Connie Francis' Father had threatened Darin's life if Bobby ever dated Connie.
Aw! Still remember her in Tammy Tell Me True.
I saw a (fairly) recent picture of her somewhere ???
and she still looked fabulous.
But it could have been retouched.
Dodd looks a lot like Bobby.
That's a lovely picture.
May the Lord be merciful with her, may she rest in peace in an eternal summer place, and may her family be consoled.
When I was young, I thought real life was like those romantic movies. It is not.
Gosh, I never heard that!
Wasn't she in Absent Minded Professor, the one where Jerry Lewis, as a wimpy college professor, invented a magic formula which made him into a romeo type hunk.
The last movie that I recall seeing her, was the Dunwich Horror.
God bless her soul. She was a fine little girl, and fine tribute to womanhood.
Poor Gina, stuck with the fairy, are there any real men out there who want to help her out!
It just seems like the miserable alcoholics live longer than the sympathetic ones.
PMSNBC wrong again! She was 60. Born: April 23, 1944
American actress Sandra Dee began her career as a model at age 12, and later moved on to TV commercials. Her film break came when producer Ross Hunter balked at Natalie Wood's lofty salary demands and decided to use a newcomer to play Lana Turner's daughter in Imitation of Life (1959). The result for Dee was a long-term contract at Universal, although one of her biggest moneymakers was the 1959 Warner Bros. film A Summer Place. In 1961, Dee married singer/actor Bobby Darin, with whom she appeared in three lightweight but money-making comedies. After her divorce from Darin in 1967, Dee could no longer convey her patented perky-teen charm, and her career began a downhill slide, although the decline was occasionally slowed a bit by such curious highlights as the pseudo-hip sex comedy Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding (1967) and the nail-biting psychological scare film The Dunwich Horror (1970). Out of movies completely by 1971, Dee retreated to private life, occasionally popping up on TV and granting interviews with nostalgia-happy young film buffs. Much of the actress' latter-day fame rested upon a single song in the Broadway smash Grease: the satiric, 1950s-style, rock ballad titled "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
The Internet Movie Database:
- Lost (1983) .... Penny
- Fantasy Island (1977) (TV) .... Francesca Hamilton
- Houston, We've Got a Problem (1974) (TV) .... Angie Cordell
- The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972) (TV) .... Ada
- The Manhunter (1972) (TV) .... Mara Bocock
- Ad est di Marsa Matruh (1971)
- The Dunwich Horror (1970) .... Nancy Wagner
- Rosie! (1967) .... Daphne
- Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding (1967) .... Heather Halloran
- A Man Could Get Killed (1966) .... Amy Franklin
... aka Welcome, Mr. Beddoes (UK)
- 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
... aka Dig That Juliet
- Portrait in Black (1960) .... Cathy Cabot
- A Summer Place (1959) .... Molly Jorgenson
- The Wild and the Innocent (1959) .... Rosalie Stocker
- Imitation of Life (1959) .... Susie, age 16
- Gidget (1959) .... Gidget (Frances Lawrence)
- A Stranger in My Arms (1959) .... Pat Beasley
... aka And Ride a Tiger (USA)
- The Restless Years (1958) .... Melinda Grant
... aka The Wonderful Years (UK)
- The Reluctant Debutante (1958) .... Jane Broadbent
- Snezhnaya koroleva (1957) (voice) .... Gerda in English ... aka Снежная королева (Soviet Union: Russian title) ... aka The Snow Queen (USA)
- Until They Sail (1957) .... Evelyn Leslie
Is that a recent photo? She looks good considering what she's been through.
FOX News said she was 62, IMDB lists her birth date as April 23, 1944, in Bayonne, NJ.
Gina Lollobrigida--wow! Now I know what my dad was talking about.
Wow, lucky you! It felt as if I was born too late after I first heard "Beyond the Sea." No wonder Sandra Dee adored him.
|CUDDLY POOCH Theo
is one of the
joys of Sandy's
life. "My goal
in life is
the still-gorgeous actress
explains. "I'm going to
"For the first time in my life I don't want to die."
Those dramatic words come from former teen queen Sandra Dee, now 56, who says she's finally won her nightmarish battle against depression, booze and anorexia.
But brave Sandy gets up at 5 a.m. every day to work out at her neighborhood gym -- to combat the years of abuse that have taken their toll.
And she still worries that the slightest illness could land her in the hospital. She undergoes a blood test once a month to check for any imbalances.
"I am always under a doctor's care," she told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "Once a month I go in for blood tests. I know I've abused my body by not eating and going to extremes.
' I've gone through a nightmare -- thank God I'm out of it '
a drink handy while
out with Bobby Darin
& young son Dodd.
FAST FACTS: Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin celebrated the birth of their son, Dodd, in December 1961, the next year Bobby released two "baby" songs -- "Baby Face" and "I Found A New Baby." Dodd, a Malibu businessman, went on to later write a book about his parents' romance called: "Dream Lovers."
Sandra in earlier days
surrounded by booze.
FAST FACTS: Sandra Dee's real name is Alexandra Zuck. Her late ex-husband, singer Bobby Darin, was born Walden Robert Cassotto.
FAST FACTS:Sandy played "Gidget" to James Darren's "Moondoggie" and Cliff Robertson's "Kahoona" in the 1959 hit movie. Darren is now 62 years old. Robertson is 72.
Sandra Dee sure looked gorgeous.
That's Stella Stevens.
As to Sandra Dee, I love soapy and trashy "A Summer Place". Also am a fan of "Gidget".
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