Sandra Dee
actress, model
Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee was an American actress. Dee began her career as a model and progressed to film. Best known for her portrayal of ingenues, Dee won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 as one of the year's most promising newcomers, and over several years her films were popular. By the late 1960s her career had started to decline, and a highly publicized marriage to Bobby Darin ended in divorce.
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Where Are The Famous Female Characters From Hit Movie Musicals Today??
Huffington Post - 2 months
Join us as we pay tribute and catch up with some famous female characters from the classic musical films we've all watched zillions of times: Saturday Night Fever Dirty Dancing Flashdance Footloose Hairspray Grease Today's your lucky day because through the magic of blogging, you're about to listen in on their group therapy session! Therapist: Hi ladies, how ya been? Sandy: Who you calling a "Has Been?" Fans are still Hopelessly Devoted to me. Stephanie: Relax, Miss Sandra Dee. You misheard. She's just asking how we are. Personally, I'm Staying Alive. Therapist: Great! Whether you're a mother or whether you're a brother... well I'm sure we've all had enough of those lyrics. I was going to have us go around the circle and introduce ourselves, but I think it's rather obvious who everyone is -- except for you there with the leg-warmers on. And you are? Alex: That's okay. Nobody ever knew what my name was in the movie either. When they referred to ...
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'Grease: Live' Fans Were Not Impressed With The Family-Friendly Censorship
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Grease: Live" aired last night to mostly great reviews -- especially of cast member Vanessa Hudgens, who just lost her father to cancer. But there was one aspect of the production that had fans a little disappointed: the family-friendly censorship.  "Grease: Live" executive producer Marc Platt addressed the censorship in an interview with Adweek before the musical aired. "It's going to be a very family-friendly show, but with the appropriate edge that it needs to have," he said. Judging from fan reactions, that perfect balance was hard to come by.  People first noticed altered lyrics during Vanessa Hudgens' performance of "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee," when the word "fongool" (which literally means "go do it in the ass" in Italian, but is also interpreted as "f**k you") was changed to "be cool." However, the network deemed the line "flog your log" totally appropriate, which left some scratching their heads.  As is the norm these days, fans took to Twitter to express th ...
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Vanessa Hudgens' Brave 'Grease: Live' Performance Blew Everyone Away
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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The Most Memorable Celebrity Ponytails Through The Decades
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The ponytail doesn't get the respect that it's due. It may be a pretty straightforward hairstyle, but the versatility of this look proves why it has remained popular throughout history.  Fifties actresses Sandra Dee and Audrey Hepburn sported ponytail hairstyles that are perfect for shoulder-length locks. There's no need to look further than Catherine Deneuve for voluminous pony inspiration. And we all know that Ariana Grande learned her high ponytail tricks from the original pop princess, Mariah Carey. However, no one wears a polished pony quite like Kate Middleton. Scroll down below to see 19 of the most iconic celebrity ponytails. Then, tell us in the comments section who you'd add to our list.  Also On HuffPost: Are you as happy as you could be? Sign up for our newsletter and join our 30-day happiness challenge to become a happier, healthier version of yourself. We’ll deliver tips, challenges and advice to your inbox every day.  (function(){var src_url="https:// ...
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Gigi Hadid Channels A Beloved Character From 'Grease.' Again.
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Sandra Dee? Is that you? Gigi Hadid was spotted at a photoshoot for W magazine in New York Thursday looking an awful lot like our favorite character from "Grease," Sandy Olsson. Clad in an all-black outfit with thigh-high boots and carnival coiffed hair, Hadid looked decidedly more like a badass than an angel. If it feels like you're having déjà vu, perhaps that's because Hadid actually did dress up as the iconic character for Heidi Klum's Halloween party just last month: Coincidence? Maybe. Nevertheless, there's no denying this is a good look for the model.  Now, excuse us while we spend the rest of the day trying to get "You're the One That I Want" out of our heads.  Also on HuffPost Style: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Why <i>Glee</i> Is the Best Show for Teenagers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Glee has been my favorite television show since I discovered it two years ago. The wide range of music they cover has fueled my inner theatre nerd -- and, the creepy guy who accompanies the club has inspired me to be a better pop culture pianist. Now, don't get me wrong, I've heard all the "Glee is a terrible show" retorts from some of my friends. "It's unrealistic!" "They ruin my favorite songs!" and, "Why are there so many gay people?" I genuinely believe that two of those retorts are good observations (however, I don't think Lea Michele or any of the Glee cast could ruin a song if they tried). I actually think that these statements are what makes Glee such a great show for teenagers to watch. Here are a few reasons why I love Glee and why I think you could love it, too -- if you don't already. 1. Glee is so clearly not realistic, not true, and not possible. It's literally perfect. Teenagers are simply too easily swayed. Our emotions and hormones are crazy, and we're clearly a few hu ...
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George Heymont: Different Strokes For Different Folks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Two major works of musical theatre (one an opera, the other an oratorio) received their world premieres in San Francisco last month. One had been commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, a 90-year-old arts organization that, in addition to being a mainstay of San Francisco's cultural life, is currently being helmed by David Gockley (who has commissioned nearly 40 operas during his career). The other was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (the group most often credited with launching the international LGBT choral movement) to commemorate the 35th anniversary of its founding while honoring the 35 years since Harvey Milk was assassinated in his office in San Francisco City Hall on November 27, 1978. Because these productions were staged in theatres two blocks apart (with only Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall standing between them) -- and close to a City Hall lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate Gay Pride Month -- there was no escaping the fact that a ...
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Ilene Kleinbaum: The Bachelor Recap: Taking the Plunge
Huffington Post - about 4 years
On a special Tuesday night airing of The Bachelor, Sean takes the women to Canada for some... extremely cold dates. On the first one-on-one date, Catherine and Sean spend some time frolicking on a glacier, making snow angels and sledding. Team Bachelor forgot to instruct Catherine to remove her huge hoop earrings, and, the way this show has been going, I fear for her safety. After handstands and flips, her ears remain intact. Phew. For the evening portion of the date, Sean takes Catherine to an ice castle (literally, a castle made entirely of ice. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.), where she opens up to him. She details the story of her friend being killed by a falling tree, which has made her cherish each day. Sean says he is crazy about her (if you're keeping tally, that's 1) and gives her the rose. The group date this week is meant to challenge the women (because all prior dates have been cakewalks, right?) -- they're going for a canoe ride across [the fantasticall ...
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Jason Gilbert: Does Microsoft Need Even Bigger Changes?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Whenever I think about the current state of Microsoft, I can't help but imagine Steve Ballmer, the company's CEO, in skin-tight black leather pants. In my vision, Ballmer is on stage giving the keynote at some Microsoft event, hooting with great enthusiasm about the upcoming release of Windows 8. He is wearing, as is his custom, an executive dress shirt with a starched collar; but instead of tucking that shirt in to a pair of slacks or khakis, as he usually does, Ballmer lets the bottom of the shirt hang loose over the thigh-hugging leather pants he has jammed his legs into, and in which he stomps around the venue like an ogre, showing off the hot leather knickers he purchased at an out-of-the-way motorcycle shop. "Don't these suit me?" Ballmer asks, half-turning to show off the way the leather shapes his rump. You shift uncomfortably in your seat: How does Ballmer look in leather, anyway? * When we think about Microsoft, we tend to think of nerdy, IT stereoty ...
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Bookmarks: Author appearances for the week of July 22
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Carolyne Swayze, Rick Richardson and Sandra Dee are among authors making appearances. Rick Richardson and Sandra Dee will be at Underground Books on Saturday to promote "Southern Secrets, Sins of the Past."
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Hopelessly devoted to movie great
The Gazette - almost 5 years
Sing-a-long Grease, Grand Theatre, Blackpool Pink Ladies dressed up to the nines packed into The Grand Theatre to enjoy a fun night of nostalgia and singing along to one of the best movie musicals ever. It may literally have just been a showing of the 30-odd year old film with subtitles for the songs but that didn’t matter because this really was a hit. It was my first outing to a sing-a-long and although Grease was a film I adored as a youngster, and still do now to be fair, I’ll admit I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this whole en masse karaoke thing. I was wrong. We were all handed a goody bag on entry which included a tissue to wave during Hopelessly Devoted, a flag, party popper and balloon to use at other memorable parts of this fantastic movie, and we even used the said brown paper goody bag to put on our heads during Beauty School Drop Out. And yes, virtually everyone in the auditorium joined in with these actions. But why wouldn’t they, when young and old alike were dr ...
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'Grease' Is the Word at Sedgwick Middle School
West Hartford Patch - almost 5 years
The Sedgwick Middle School Drama Club musical has been a spring highlight in town for decades, and this year's production of "Grease: School Version," will not disappoint what will surely be a sold-out audience. Most adults and teens already know the story, but Director John Tracey assures families that the school version is "wholesome family entertainment – appropriate for all ages." Sedgwick's version of "Grease" is double cast, and the production involves more than 10 percent of the school in either the cast or crew. Gabe Turco and Gerson Echevarria share the role of Danny, and Molly Menner and Carlie Musto play Sandy. At least seven staff members make cameo appearances, and three female staff members share the role of Cha-Cha. Principal Ben Skaught, Assistant Principal Neela Thakur, and science teacher Jas Singh do voice overs. The audience will enjoy the set, which is highlighted by an actual vintage 1953 Dodge (sans engine), which has been specially adapted to be spli ...
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Lost pig has a new home
KHON 2 - almost 5 years
A piglet that was found wandering around a hotel lobby last month has found a new home. Pukalani will start her new life at farm in Waianae. Last year, her new owner adopted another pig from the Hawaiian Humane Society named Sandra Dee. Officials say the Pukalani has garnered fans around the world.  “She has a bit of a following in Japan,” said Natalie Lukashevky of the Hawaiian Humane Society.  “She is probably like the most famous pig and we are very excited for her and we are ready to send her to her forever home.” The humane society says Pukalani's owners will have to teach her how to be a pig since she's been with people this whole time.
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WATCH: THE BAY's Confessions of Bay City, Part 1 - We Love Soaps
Google News - over 5 years
THE BAY is back today with &quot;Confessions of Bay City,&quot; a six part exclusive interview series with the characters of Dr. Christine Nelson (Sandra Dee Robinson), Dr. Keith Campbell (Real Andrews), Janice Ramos (Lilly Melgar), Will Campbell (Derrell Whitt)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sandra Dee
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 62
    Complications from kidney disease led to her death on February 20, 2005, at the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California at the age of 62.
    More Details Hide Details Her remains are interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills. Dee was survived by her son, her daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 57
    Dee's later adult years were marked by poor health, and she became a self-described recluse. She battled anorexia nervosa, depression, and alcoholism for many years. She quit drinking altogether after being diagnosed with throat cancer and kidney failure in 2000, attributed to years of heavy drinking and smoking.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 40
    Her final film performance was in the 1983 drama Lost.
    More Details Hide Details In her later years, Dee told a Newark, New Jersey newspaper that she "felt like a has-been that never was."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 24
    In a 1967 interview with Roger Ebert, Dee reflected on her experience in the studio system, and on the ingenue image that had been foisted on her, which she found constricting: Look at this––a cigarette.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Dee was inactive in the film industry for several years before appearing in the American International Pictures occult horror film The Dunwich Horror (1970) as a student who finds herself in the center of a Satanic ritual plot. The film was based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Throughout the 1970s, Dee took roles sporadically in several television series, making brief appearances in Night Gallery, Fantasy Island, and Police Woman.
    Dee rarely acted following her 1967 divorce from Bobby Darin.
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    In a 1967 interview with the Oxnard Press-Courier, she acknowledged being 18 in 1960 when she first met Bobby Darin, and the couple wed three months later.
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  • 1965
    Age 22
    She and Darin divorced in 1965 but continued to live together.
    More Details Hide Details Bobby Darin died at age 37 in 1973. She never remarried. In 1994, Dodd Darin published 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, drug and alcohol problems, and her claim that she had been sexually abused as a child by her stepfather, Eugene Douvan. For a number of years, exhibitors voted Dee one of the most popular box office stars in the United States:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 17
    Dee's marriage to Bobby Darin in 1960 kept her in the public eye for much of the decade.
    More Details Hide Details They met while filming Come September, which was released in 1961. She was under contract to Universal Studios, which tried to develop Dee into a mature actress, and the films she made as an adult—including a few with Darin—were moderately successful. On 16 December 1961, they had one son, Dodd Mitchell Darin (also known as Morgan Mitchell Darin).
    She and Darin married after filming on December 1, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Newly married, Dee and Darin appeared in the romantic comedy If a Man Answers together, and Dee later played Tammy in two Universal sequels to Tammy and the Bachelor—Tammy Tell Me True (1961); and Tammy and the Doctor (1963), opposite Peter Fonda––in the role created by Debbie Reynolds. She reunited with Darin in That Funny Feeling (1965), followed by a role as a detective in A Man Could Get Killed (1966). By the end of the 1960s, Dee's career had slowed significantly, and she was dropped by Universal Pictures.
  • 1958
    Age 15
    In 1958, Dee was signed with Universal Pictures, and was one of the company's last contract players prior to the dissolution of the old studio system.
    More Details Hide Details She had a lead role in The Restless Years (1958), and shot The Reluctant Debutante in Paris the same year, playing the daughter of Rex Harrison. Dee was subsequently cast in Imitation of Life (1959), opposite Lana Turner. The film became a wild box office success, and at the time was Universal Pictures's highest-grossing film in history, making Dee a household name. Her titular role in the teenage beach comedy Gidget (1959) established Dee's reputation for playing wholesome ingenue roles. She also starred in A Summer Place, followed by Come September (1961), opposite Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida; also starring in the film was Bobby Darin, whom Dee met on the set.
  • 1957
    Age 14
    Dee's onscreen debut was in Until They Sail in 1957, directed by Robert Wise, and opposite Joan Fontaine and Piper Laurie.
    More Details Hide Details To promote the film, Dee appeared in a December issue of Modern Screen in a column by Louella Parsons, who praised the young girl and compared her looks and talent to those of Shirley Temple. She won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress, along with Carolyn Jones and Diane Varsi for her performance in the film. Despite her newfound success, Dee continued to struggle with anorexia nervosa, which led to her kidneys temporarily shutting down.
    Ending her modeling career, Dee moved from New York to Hollywood in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details After studying at the Hollywood Professional School, she graduated from University High School in Los Angeles in June 1958.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 7
    Dee's parents divorced in 1950, and her mother remarried.
    More Details Hide Details It was to a man who reportedly sexually abused Dee. Producer Ross Hunter claimed to have discovered Dee on Park Avenue in New York City with her mother when she was twelve years old. In a 1959 interview, Dee recalled that she "grew up fast", surrounded mostly by older people, and was "never held back in anything she wanted to do". During her modeling career, Dee attempted to lose weight to "be as skinny as the high-fashion models", although an improper diet "ruined her skin, hair, nails—everything." Having slimmed down, her body was unable to digest any food she ate, and it took the help of a doctor to regain her health. According to the actress, she "could have killed herself" and "had to learn to eat all over again." In spite of the damaging effects on her health, Dee earned a generous $75,000 a year working as a teen model in New York, which she used to support herself and her mother after the death of her stepfather. According to sources, Dee's large modeling salary was more than she would later come to earn as an actress.
  • 1942
    Born
    It does not however explain why her gravestone, which had to have been commissioned by her son, her only child and sole immediate survivor, gives 1942 as her year of birth.
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    According to this version, this explains why 1942 was listed as her birth year in official studio press releases.
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    Legal records, including her California divorce record from Bobby Darin, as well as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and her own gravestone all give her year of birth as 1942.
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    There has been some dispute as to Dee's actual birth year, with evidence pointing to both 1942 and 1944.
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