Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee.
That of course is a song lyric from the 1978 musical Grease.
Sandra Dee, who wasn’t in Grease, represented the wholesome girl next door, and the song satirizes that image. Sandra didn’t mind. In fact, she got a kick out of her mention. In any case, song denotes that the teenage star of the 50s and early 60s was a household name. In fact Sandra Dee was one of the top ten box office stars four years in a row from 1960 though 1963.
Thus her elevation to Monday Quiz status. How much did you really know about Sandra Dee? Let’s refer to yesterday’s questions (see the blog below for a refresher) and today’s answers and find out.
1) Answer: Sandra was born in 1942 as (b) Alexandra Zuck in Bayonne, New Jersey.
2) Answer: This is a trick question. All options apply. Our favorite is (b) Queen of Teens.
3) Answer: Dee was a success as a child model by age (c) 12 years old. She made her first movie by age 14.
4) Answer: Sandra and Bobby Darin cemented their romance while making the romantic comedy Come September. It was an innocuous romantic comedy costarring a firmly-in-the-closet Rock Hudson and Italian bombshell Gina Lollobrigida. Dee was considered an experienced professional at the time she made the picture. Darin was just starting out. That Come September was filmed in Italy may have help promote the couple’s burgeoning romance. By the time it came out, they were hitched.
5) Answer: Dee and Darin married in 1960, and divorced (b) seven years later.
6) Answer: c) Debbie Reynolds, who set forth the character (a rustic teenage girl looking for romance) in 1957’s Tammy and the Bachelor. Sandra took over the role in the two big sequels, 1961’s Tammy Tell Me True and 1963’s Tammy and the Doctor.
7) Answer: Actually, all options are correct. No wonder Dee died at the relatively early age of 62 in 2005.
8) Answer: c) John Saxson, a solid supporting actor whose career spans decades (he is in his eighties) and whose darkly handsome looks (he was born Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn) was ideal for the teenager roles he was assigned in the late Fifties and early Sixties. With Dee in The Restless Years and The Reluctant Debutante, both 1958, and 1960’s Portrait In Black.
9) Answer: As indicated by today’s Quiz introduction, Grease .
10) Answer: a) True. Dee’s last film of note was director Curtis Hanson’s 1970 horror item, The Dunwich Horror. It was an independently made picture, with Sandra costarring with Dean Stockwell and Ed Begley. The movie turned out to be quite popular, spawning a sequel and tv offshoots (all without Sandra).