Watch now. Inspired by The Farewell director Lulu Wang 's call to action at the Independent Spirit Awards, we celebrate women filmmakers working in their field. Watch the video. Sign In. Sandra Dee I — Actress Soundtrack. Down 1, this week. She was of Carpatho-Rusyn descent. 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 Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos.
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He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music. He started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. He recorded his first million-selling single, " Splish Splash ," in
By age 12, she was a successful model, and she was just 14 when she was signed to her first film, Until They Sail In , Dee hit box-office success with the beach movie Gidget and the young-love movie A Summer Place. The theme song from A Summer Place became a big hit, and the movie became a touchstone for many young people. Although their marriage remained a secret for years, the couple appeared together in If a Man Answers and That Funny Feeling Dee appeared in only six other films in the s, and her divorce from Bobby Darin also marked the end of her short-lived stardom. Sandra Dee found herself a divorcee in , and the landscape of Hollywood films had also changed: Audiences no longer lined up to see the sugary-sweet fare that made her a star in the early s. Dee appeared in only one verifiable big-screen film in the s, The Dunwich Horror , although she starred in four made-for-TV movies. In , she appeared again on Fantasy Island and in her final film, Lost. Dodd Mitchell later penned 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, her drug and alcohol problems, and the sexual abuse Dee suffered as a child.
Darin said his mother was 63, though a number of movie Web sites put her birth date variously at April 23, , and April 23, , which would have made her 62 or Her mother often lied about her age to help her get ahead in work and school, according to the Web site Internet Movie Database. Work as a model by age 12 led to television commercials and, at age 14, a role in the movie "Until They Sailed," which was released in , the site said.