Dee, Sandra

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Dee, Sandra Gender: F
Alexandra Zuck
born on 23 April 1942 at 05:35 (= 05:35 AM )
Place Bayonne, New Jersey, 40n40, 74w07
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°36' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 28°36 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 17°54'

Sandra Dee


American actress and teenage film idol of the late 50s and early 60s. Dee was the only child of an 18-year-old mother and an alcoholic father. Her parents divorced when she was five and she never had contact with her dad again. Her mom worked as a secretary and in 1950, married Eugene Douvan, a man 40 years her senior. He owned buildings in New York City and New Jersey. Age eight, she slept in the honeymoon bed between her parents in Atlantic City and was soon the target of her step-dad's sexual abuse which continued until she was 11. She did not confide in her mother, believing that mom knew the truth and preferred to ignore the situation. In 1956, her step-dad died during surgery for a heart condition.

At ten, Dee began to cut down her food intake in an attempts to be slender. She went to the Professional Children's School and by the time she was 12, was a successful child model in New York City. By 14, she was earning over $70,000 in modeling fees. She auditioned for film producer Ross Hunter during her step-father's wake. Six weeks later, Dee and her mom went to Hollywood where she was signed to star in the movie, "The Restless Years" and given a seven-year contract with Universal Studios.

Dee enjoyed her movie career in Hollywood and met the biggest names in the industry at the time, such as Paul Newman and Jean Simmons. She was 5'5 and weighed 90 lbs. and anxious about gaining weight. During one of her anorexic episodes she was rushed to UCLA medical center in cardiac distress. She became the Hollywood teen idol in 1959 with blockbuster hits "Gidget," "Imitation of Life" and "A Summer Place."

In 1960, she met the pop singer and actor, Bobby Darin on the set of "Come September" in Portofino, Italy. After their introduction Darin said, "I am going to marry you someday." His declaration did not endear him to the actress. Her mother encouraged her daughter to go out with him in order to be cordial on the movie set. He was a swinging bachelor who knew how to have fun where she was a naive, sheltered young woman who soon found him irresistible. In eight weeks the couple developed a serious relationship. They married on 12/01/1960 at 3:00 A.M. at the home of the Camden, New Jersey night judge. Dee wore a purple velvet dress under an otter coat. After a honeymoon in Palm Springs, California, Dee went back to work in Hollywood.

The young couple bought a home in Palm Springs and on 12/16/1961 their son Dodd was born. She would have preferred to stay home and raise her baby but she was under contract. She began to take speed in order to work on her films and also began to drink heavily. Her marriage did not have the strongest foundations and Darin walked out on her on 4/23/1966 on her 24th birthday after seeing her talking to Warren Beatty at a party. In December 1967, her divorce from Bobby Darin was final. He continued to come back to see her whenever he had medical problems. He died on 12/20/1973 of heart complications.

After Darin's death, Dee continued to drink, ending her movie career. Her mother moved in with her and raised her son Dodd and the two sadly watched her sink into alcoholism. In December 1988, her mother died of lung cancer. By then, Dee never left her bed and only ate soup and crackers - and scotch. Her son finally got her to a hospital. In 1991, Dee lived in a two-bedroom condo in Beverly Hills, seeing a therapist, determined to remain sober. Her son Dodd, the owner of an education book publishing company supports his mother financially and emotionally.

The actress died at age 62 on February 20, 2005 in Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California, according to news reports quoting her son. She had been in the hospital for the prior two weeks and was being treated for complications from kidney disease and pneumonia. In 2000, she had been diagnosed with throat cancer and kidney failure. Though most news reports quoted her son for a time of death of 6 AM, Beth Havens noted that a local paper placed the time of death at 5:57 AM, quoting the attending nurse.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Forquet, Philippe (born 27 September 1940). Notes: Co-stars in 1963 film "Take Her, She's Mine"
  • parent->child relationship with Darin, Dodd (born 16 December 1961)
  • spouse relationship with Darin, Bobby (born 14 May 1936). Notes: Bitter


  • Crime : Child Sexual Abuse Victimization 1951 (Began three year period of abuse by her step-dad)
  • Death of Father 1956 (Step-dad died)
  • Work : Gain social status 1959 (Became a teen idol)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1960 (Met Bobby Darin)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1 December 1960 at 03:00 AM in Camden, NJ (Married Bobby Darin at judges house)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 16 December 1961 (Son Dodd was born)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 23 April 1966 (Bobby walked out)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates December 1967 (From Bobby)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2000 (thorat cancer)
  • Death by Disease 20 February 2005 at 05:57 AM in Thousand Oaks, CA (nearly 63, of pneumonia and kidney disease)
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Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (kidney failure in 2000)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Addicted)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (Anorexia)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse-Sexual (outside of family) (Abused by step-dad)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Bobby Darin)
  • Family : Parenting : Hardship - Little money (Son supported mom emotionally and financially)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model (Age 12)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (18 films plus TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Teen idol)