Sandra Dee (April 23, 1942- February 20, 2005) was an American actress. Dee began her career as a model and progressed to film. Best known for her portrayal of ingenues, Dee won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 as one of the year's most promising newcomers, and over several years her films were popular. By the late 1960s her career had started to decline, and a highly publicized marriage to Bobby Darin ended in divorce. She rarely acted after this time, and her final years were marred by illness; she died of complications from kidney disease in 2005. Dee was born Alexandra Zuck in Bayonne, New Jersey. Her parents, Mary (nee Cymboliak) and John Zuck, met as teenagers at a Russian Orthodox church dance. They married shortly after, but divorced before she was five.
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