FACT FILE :
* Her film debut was at 14 when she played the youngest of four sisters in the film 'Until They Sail' (1957).
* In 1958 she signed on for two more films, 'The Reluctant Debutante' & 'The Restless Years'.
* Also, in 1958 Sandra won the "Golden Globe" Award for "Most Promising Female Newcomer".
* She appeared with Lana Turner in 'Imitation of Life' (1959). But her big break came later that year when she starred in the popular teen beach movie 'Gidget' (1959). Sandra Dee was the original 'Gidget' & this film became her trademark.
* Her next movie was'A Summer Place' (1959) starring opposite Troy Donahue. This movie about young love was a smash hit with teenagers & the theme tune was a chart-topper.
* Also, in 1959 Sandra starred opposite war hero Audie Murphy in the popular western "The Wild And The Innocent".
* In 1960, Sandra married pop idol Bobby Darin. They starred together in the films 'Come September' (1961), 'If a Man Answers' (1962) & 'That Funny Feeling' (1965).
* Sandra replaced Debbie Reynolds as Tammy in 'Tammy Tell Me True' (1961) & 'Tammy and the Doctor' (1963).
* In 1967, her marriage to Bobby Darin ended. They had one son together.
* In the 1970's Sandra made a number of appearances in made for Television movies.
* The 1978 musical classic 'Grease' highlighted her name to a new generation with the popular song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" sung by Stockard Channing.
* Sandra Dee's last film role was in 'Lost' (1983).