Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee was born Alexandria Zuck on April 23, 1942 in Bayonne, New Jersey. Her mother envisioned a show business career for her daughter and would often lie about her age in order to get Sandy where she wanted to go. For example, her mother enrolled her in school early so she could have a head start. Sandy was only four years old when she entered the second grade. Sandra was an extremely pretty young lady, which enabled her to get into modeling. In fact, she was already very successful at her craft by the time she was 12 years old. This in turn led to television commercials for local companies, an added benefit for the young model. Through her mother's prodding and the talent scouts, Sandra was signed to do a movie when she was 14 called Until They Sail (1957), released in 1957. While the film didn't exactly top the charts, it would lay the foundation for Sandra's career. The new young actress was then signed to two more films for 1958, The Reluctant Debutante (1958) and The Restless Years (1958), the latter with a young actor, John Saxon. In 1959, Sandra appeared in five productions with Gidget (1959) and A Summer Place (1959) being the two most popular. Sandra was 17 years old and becoming the heartthrob of teenage boys all across America. In 1960, Sandra appeared in only one film, Portrait in Black (1960), but is remembered by her for something else. She married teen idol Bobby Darin in December of that year. It may have sunk a few teen boys' ...

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Imitation of Life (1959)

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Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Juanita Moore  •  John Gavin  •  Sandra Dee

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Juanita Moore  •  John Gavin  •  Sandra Dee

Houston, We've Got a Problem (1974)

Story of how NASA controllers fought to return the Apollo 13 space capsule to Earth after an on-board explosion damaged the craft.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Doheny
CAST:  Robert Culp  •  Clu Gulager  •  Gary Collins  •  Sandra Dee

Story of how NASA controllers fought to return the Apollo 13 space capsule to Earth after an on-board explosion damaged the craft.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Doheny
CAST:  Robert Culp  •  Clu Gulager  •  Gary Collins  •  Sandra Dee

That Funny Feeling (1965)

Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford. Embarrassed about bringing him back to her tiny apartment that she shares with her roommate Audrey, Joan brings Tom over to a fancy apartment that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Bobby Darin  •  Donald O'Connor  •  Nita Talbot

Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford. Embarrassed about bringing him back to her tiny apartment that she shares with her roommate Audrey, Joan brings Tom over to a fancy apartment that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Bobby Darin  •  Donald O'Connor  •  Nita Talbot

Tammy and the Doctor (1963)

Tammy becomes a nurse's aide, works in a hospital, cares for an old rich woman, and causes romantic commotion in the life of Dr. Mark Cheswick.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Keller
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Peter Fonda  •  Macdonald Carey  •  Margaret Lindsay

Tammy becomes a nurse's aide, works in a hospital, cares for an old rich woman, and causes romantic commotion in the life of Dr. Mark Cheswick.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Keller
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Peter Fonda  •  Macdonald Carey  •  Margaret Lindsay

Tammy Tell Me True (1961)

Tammy leaves the river in Mississippi to attend college, developing a relationship with Tom Freeman (John Gavin). Sandra Dee replaces Debbie Reynolds in this and the third Tammy movie. This film introduces both a new theme song, "Tammy Tell Me True", and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Keller
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  John Gavin  •  Charles Drake  •  Virginia Grey

Tammy leaves the river in Mississippi to attend college, developing a relationship with Tom Freeman (John Gavin). Sandra Dee replaces Debbie Reynolds in this and the third Tammy movie. This film introduces both a new theme song, "Tammy Tell Me True", and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Keller
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  John Gavin  •  Charles Drake  •  Virginia Grey

The Restless Years (1958)

A pretty, sheltered teenager falls for a boy from the wrong side of town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helmut Käutner
CAST:  John Saxon  •  Sandra Dee  •  Teresa Wright  •  James Whitmore

A pretty, sheltered teenager falls for a boy from the wrong side of town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helmut Käutner
CAST:  John Saxon  •  Sandra Dee  •  Teresa Wright  •  James Whitmore

Romanoff and Juliet (1961)

Political satire has Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet story updated for the cold war era, with the children of the US and Russian ambassadors falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Ustinov
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Sandra Dee  •  John Gavin  •  Akim Tamiroff

Political satire has Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet story updated for the cold war era, with the children of the US and Russian ambassadors falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Ustinov
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Sandra Dee  •  John Gavin  •  Akim Tamiroff

Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! (1967)

In this comedy, an aspiring singer finds herself single and pregnant. The story begins when she is rushed to the hospital to give birth. She is joined by three men; all of them want to marry her. The story of her pregnancy and her rise to stardom are told in flashback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Tewksbury
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  George Hamilton  •  Bill Bixby  •  Dwayne Hickman

In this comedy, an aspiring singer finds herself single and pregnant. The story begins when she is rushed to the hospital to give birth. She is joined by three men; all of them want to marry her. The story of her pregnancy and her rise to stardom are told in flashback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Tewksbury
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  George Hamilton  •  Bill Bixby  •  Dwayne Hickman

The Wild and the Innocent (1959)

Charming tale of mountaineer-trapper Murphy's first taste "big city" life with young, sweet Sandra Dee in tow. She flees her family, which tried to trade her for some of Murphy's beaver pelts, and tags along with the reluctant Murphy. They get into all manner of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Sher
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Joanne Dru  •  Gilbert Roland  •  Jim Backus

Charming tale of mountaineer-trapper Murphy's first taste "big city" life with young, sweet Sandra Dee in tow. She flees her family, which tried to trade her for some of Murphy's beaver pelts, and tags along with the reluctant Murphy. They get into all manner of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Sher
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Joanne Dru  •  Gilbert Roland  •  Jim Backus

The Dunwich Horror (1970)

A university student is pursued by a man with a demonic secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Haller
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Ed Begley  •  Lloyd Bochner

A university student is pursued by a man with a demonic secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Haller
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Ed Begley  •  Lloyd Bochner

A Stranger in My Arms (1959)

An Air Force pilot finds romance with his war buddy's widow.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helmut Käutner
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Jeff Chandler  •  Sandra Dee  •  Mary Astor

An Air Force pilot finds romance with his war buddy's widow.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helmut Käutner
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Jeff Chandler  •  Sandra Dee  •  Mary Astor

Rosie! (1967)

An eccentric Los Angeles dowager decides to fight back when her two greedy daughters attempt to have her declared legally insane.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lowell Rich
CAST:  Rosalind Russell  •  Brian Aherne  •  Sandra Dee  •  James Farentino

An eccentric Los Angeles dowager decides to fight back when her two greedy daughters attempt to have her declared legally insane.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lowell Rich
CAST:  Rosalind Russell  •  Brian Aherne  •  Sandra Dee  •  James Farentino

Until They Sail (1957)

Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Paul Newman  •  Piper Laurie

Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Paul Newman  •  Piper Laurie

I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)

An updated remake of It Started With Eve (1941). A young heiress is summoned to the bedside of her dying grandfather. The man's last wish is to meet her fiance, but problems arise when the fiance is delayed and a young chemical engineer is persuaded to take his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Robert Goulet  •  Andy Williams  •  Maurice Chevalier

An updated remake of It Started With Eve (1941). A young heiress is summoned to the bedside of her dying grandfather. The man's last wish is to meet her fiance, but problems arise when the fiance is delayed and a young chemical engineer is persuaded to take his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Robert Goulet  •  Andy Williams  •  Maurice Chevalier

If a Man Answers (1962)

Chantel worries about her new marriage to photographer Eugene failing so she decides to take her mother's advice and manipulate him. First, her mother gives her a book that will solve all her problems about how to treat a husband - namely a book on how to train ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Bobby Darin  •  Micheline Presle  •  John Lund

Chantel worries about her new marriage to photographer Eugene failing so she decides to take her mother's advice and manipulate him. First, her mother gives her a book that will solve all her problems about how to treat a husband - namely a book on how to train ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin
CAST:  Sandra Dee  •  Bobby Darin  •  Micheline Presle  •  John Lund

The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Jimmy and Sheila Broadbent, welcome to London Jimmy's 17-year-old daughter, Jane. Jane is from Jimmy's first marriage to an American and has come to visit her father and the step-mother she has never met. While visiting Sheila has the idea of making Jane a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Kay Kendall  •  Sandra Dee  •  Angela Lansbury

Jimmy and Sheila Broadbent, welcome to London Jimmy's 17-year-old daughter, Jane. Jane is from Jimmy's first marriage to an American and has come to visit her father and the step-mother she has never met. While visiting Sheila has the idea of making Jane a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Kay Kendall  •  Sandra Dee  •  Angela Lansbury

Come September (1961)

Robert Talbot, an American millionaire, arrives early for his annual vacation at his luxurious Italian villa. His long-time girlfriend Lisa has given up waiting for him and has decided to marry another man. Meanwhile, his sneaky business associate Maurice secretly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Sandra Dee  •  Bobby Darin

Robert Talbot, an American millionaire, arrives early for his annual vacation at his luxurious Italian villa. His long-time girlfriend Lisa has given up waiting for him and has decided to marry another man. Meanwhile, his sneaky business associate Maurice secretly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Sandra Dee  •  Bobby Darin

A Man Could Get Killed (1966)

An American businessman visiting Lisbon gets mistaken for a British secret agent who stole some diamonds. As a result, he has everybody in Lisbon after him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame  •  Cliff Owen
CAST:  James Garner  •  Melina Mercouri  •  Sandra Dee  •  Anthony Franciosa

An American businessman visiting Lisbon gets mistaken for a British secret agent who stole some diamonds. As a result, he has everybody in Lisbon after him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame  •  Cliff Owen
CAST:  James Garner  •  Melina Mercouri  •  Sandra Dee  •  Anthony Franciosa

A Summer Place (1959)

A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Richard Egan  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Sandra Dee  •  Arthur Kennedy

A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Richard Egan  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Sandra Dee  •  Arthur Kennedy

Take Her, She's Mine (1963)

Frank Michaelson, well respected President of the Pacific Pallisades Board of Education, is appearing in front of a Board hearing addressing the issue of the widespread public outcry asking for either his dismissal or resignation because of a series of salacious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Sandra Dee  •  Audrey Meadows  •  Robert Morley

Frank Michaelson, well respected President of the Pacific Pallisades Board of Education, is appearing in front of a Board hearing addressing the issue of the widespread public outcry asking for either his dismissal or resignation because of a series of salacious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Sandra Dee  •  Audrey Meadows  •  Robert Morley
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