Born Alexandria Zuck 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 in 1957.
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 1959).
Her marriage in 1960 to singer and 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. In 1967 she and Darin were divorced.
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 film Grease (1978).
Dee's adult years have been marked by ill health. She has admitted that for most of her life she has battled anorexia nervosa, depression and alcoholism. In 2000 she reported that she had been diagnosed with throat cancer and kidney failure.
Sandra Dee Facts
|Birth Name||Alexandria Zuck|
|Birthday||April 23, 1944 (73)|
|Birthplace||Bayonne, New Jersey, USA|
|Wee Sing in Sillyville|
|Imitation of Life Two-Movie Special Edition|
|Imitation of Life|
|The Snow Queen|
|A Summer Place|
|Night Gallery: Season 3|