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Encyclopedia > Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee in her role as Gidget.
Birth name Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck
Born April 23, 1942
United States Bayonne, New Jersey
Died February 20, 2005, age 62
Thousand Oaks, California

Sandra Dee (April 23, 1942 - February 20, 2005) was an American film actress best known for her role as "Gidget". Image File history File links BigGidget. ... Gidget was an American film starring 1950s teen icon Sandra Dee, released in 1959. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Seal of Bayonne Bayonne is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thousand Oaks is a city in Ventura County, California, in the United States. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gidget was an American film starring 1950s teen icon Sandra Dee, released in 1959. ...

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Birth and background

 Alexandra Zuck was born to John and Mary Zuck, of Rusyn ancestry, in Bayonne, New Jersey, Dee was a professional model by the age of four. She progressed to television commercials and then made her first film, Until They Sail, in 1957. 

Rusyns, also called Ruthenians, Ruthenes, Rusins, Carpatho-Rusins, and Russniaks, are a modern group of ethnic groups that speak the Rusyn language and are descended from the minority of Ruthenians who did not adopt a Ukrainian national identity and become Ukrainians in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ... Seal of Bayonne Bayonne is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. ... Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...

Career

In 1958 she won a Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer" (along with Carolyn Jones and Diane Varsi). Her film career flourished, and she became known for her wholesome ingenue roles in such films as Imitation of Life, Gidget and A Summer Place (all in 1959). The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Carolyn Jones (April 28, 1930 - August 3, 1983) was an American actress. ... Diane Marie Varsi (February 23, 1938 - November 19, 1992) was an America film and television actor. ... Mary Pickford, a perpetual ingenue The Ingenue is a stock character in literature and film and a role type in the theatre, generally a girl or a young woman who is rather innocent and endearing. ... Imitation of Life is a 1959 film directed by Douglas Sirk, adapted from Fannie Hursts novel Imitation of Life, produced by Universal as a vehicle for Lana Turner. ... Gidget was an American film starring 1950s teen icon Sandra Dee, released in 1959. ... A Summer Place is the title of a 1959 film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. ...


During the 1970s she took very few acting roles, but made occasional television appearances. Her 1950s persona was the inspiration for the song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee," featured in the 1972 Broadway musical Grease, and the 1978 film version. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Grease is a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. ...


Personal life

Her marriage in 1960 to singer/actor Bobby Darin kept her in the public eye for much of the decade. She was contracted to Universal Studios, who tried to develop Dee as a mature actress, and the films she made as an adult--including a few with Darin--were moderately successful. They had one son together, who took the name Dodd Mitchell Darin, but in 1967 she and Darin were divorced. Bobby Darin Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) (born Walden Robert Cassotto) was one of the most popular American big band performers and rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los...


Reportedly sexually abused as a child by her stepfather, Dee's adult years were marked by ill health. She admitted that for most of her life she battled anorexia nervosa, depression and alcoholism.[citation needed] In 2000, it was reported that she had been diagnosed with throat cancer and renal disease, but it later appeared that the throat scare was unfounded. Complications from the kidney failure (aka End Stage Renal Disease-ESRD), combined with a bout of pneumonia, led to her death on February 20, 2005, in Thousand Oaks, California. She is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills. For the symphonic black metal band, see Anorexia Nervosa (band) Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion. ... Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or sometimes unipolar when compared with bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Throat cancer is a common way of referring to some head and neck cancers, usually squamous cell carcinomas. ... Kidneys viewed from behind with spine removed The kidneys are bean-shaped excretory organs in vertebrates. ... It has been suggested that CURB-65 be merged into this article or section. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thousand Oaks is a city in Ventura County, California, in the United States. ... Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California, on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley by Burbank (and on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollywood). ... The Hollywood Hills, an unofficial designation of part of the City of Los Angeles, California, are part of the eastern section of the low transverse range of the Santa Monica Mountains, which extends from the Los Feliz District and Hollywood, on the south side of the Valley, to Pacific Coast...


At the time of her death, she was survived by Dodd, her son with Bobby Darin, and two granddaughters, Alexa and Olivia Darin.


Her life with Bobby Darin has been dramatized in the 2004 film Beyond the Sea, in which she was played by Kate Bosworth. Beyond the Sea (2004) is an English language German-based production from Lions Gate Films about singer Bobby Darin (1936-1973). ... Kate Bosworth (born January 2, 1983) is an American actress. ...


It is noteworthy that at the peak of Sandra's fame, while mainstream Hollywood turned its focus, lensing and marketing mature female roles and their inherent sexiness, Dee's demure role as "Gidget" became arguably (even though there were other child stars in the studio stables at the time), the epitome of the Screen Teen Queen, an image of which went a long way to solidify the '50's - '60's American teen male's ideal of falling in love with the "girl next door".


Filmography

Poster from the 1958 Sandra Dee film, The Reluctant Debutante

Image File history File links 196841~The-Reluctant-Debutante-Posters. ... Image File history File links 196841~The-Reluctant-Debutante-Posters. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Snow Queen Cover of a modern Danish edtion of The Snow Queen (Sneedronningen) The Snow Queen (Danish: Sneedronningen) is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1845. ... The Reluctant Debutante The Reluctant Debutante is a 1958 comedy film made by Avon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... The Restless Years was an Australian soap opera targeting a young audience and following the lives of several Sydney school-leavers and young adults. ... Gidget was an American film starring 1950s teen icon Sandra Dee, released in 1959. ... Imitation of Life is a 1959 film directed by Douglas Sirk, adapted from Fannie Hursts novel Imitation of Life, produced by Universal as a vehicle for Lana Turner. ... A Summer Place is the title of a 1959 film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. ... Come September is a 1961 comedy-romance genre film, directed by Robert Mulligan. ... A Man Could Get Killed is a well-received 1966 adventure comedy shot on location around the Mediterranean and starring James Garner, Melina Mercouri, Sandra Dee, Anthony Franciosa, and Robert Coote. ... The Dunwich Horror is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. ...

TV Work

  • The Manhunter (1972)
  • The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972)
  • Houston, We Have a Problem (1974)
  • Fantasy Island (1977) (pilot for series)
  • Frasier (1994) The Botched Language of Cranes TV Episode (voice) .... Connie

Fantasy Island refers to two separate but related American fantasy television series, both originally airing on the ABC television network. ... Frasier was a popular American television situation comedy series starring Kelsey Grammer, who reprised his character of Dr. Frasier Crane from the sitcom Cheers, and also featuring David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin in regular roles. ...

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