Monday, February 21, 2005

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: SANDRA DEE

Sandra Dee passed away at age 62 after a long bout of kidney disease.

The sad thing is, there's a whole generation (mine) for whom Sandra Dee's name is nothing but a punchline, rhyming with "lousy with virginity." Oh come on--you know the minute you heard about Dee's passing, you were picturing Stockard Channing with that blonde wig on, making fun of Sandy who's in the bathroom passing out after smoking and having her ears pierced at the slumber party with the Pink Ladies. In fact, I'd wager that when we first memorized the song (from "Grease," if you're completely clueless), we had no idea that there was an actual person named Sandra Dee. We probably thought Sandy's last name was Dee. (It's actually Oleson.)

If we've ever even heard of Gidget, we think Sally Field. And thanks to Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea, we now have an image of Dee as played by Kate Bosworth.

She deserves a better legacy. I'm gonna add some of her movies to my Netflix list. Suggestions welcome.

4 Comments:

At 11:43 AM, February 21, 2005, Blogger Julie said...

You have to watch "A Summer Place." At the time of its release, it was rather controversial and ground-breaking (in one movie they touched on bigotry, class-ism, pre-marital sex, teen pregnancy, and adultery)—and it's the onus for the Grease song ("as for you Troy Donahue—I know what you want to do"). Though when you watch it in this day and age it's very melodramatic and even humorous in parts, you can't help but respect the way that it critiqued the climate of the 1950s.

 
At 8:41 PM, February 21, 2005, Blogger Plantation said...

Fan of surf movies cuz of the music. I liked Ms Dee. I will miss her.

 
At 10:31 AM, February 22, 2005, Blogger La Chat Noir said...

"won't go to bed till I'm legally wed..."

Yeah. I admit it. I need to branch out, too.

 
At 11:56 AM, February 25, 2005, Blogger Norma said...

I saw a rerun of a 1991 interview. She was still very beautiful 15 years ago. I was looking for a column that compared her career and that writer who committed suicide the same day. Sounded like early burn out for both of them.

 

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Monday, February 21, 2005

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: SANDRA DEE

Sandra Dee passed away at age 62 after a long bout of kidney disease.

The sad thing is, there's a whole generation (mine) for whom Sandra Dee's name is nothing but a punchline, rhyming with "lousy with virginity." Oh come on--you know the minute you heard about Dee's passing, you were picturing Stockard Channing with that blonde wig on, making fun of Sandy who's in the bathroom passing out after smoking and having her ears pierced at the slumber party with the Pink Ladies. In fact, I'd wager that when we first memorized the song (from "Grease," if you're completely clueless), we had no idea that there was an actual person named Sandra Dee. We probably thought Sandy's last name was Dee. (It's actually Oleson.)

If we've ever even heard of Gidget, we think Sally Field. And thanks to Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea, we now have an image of Dee as played by Kate Bosworth.

She deserves a better legacy. I'm gonna add some of her movies to my Netflix list. Suggestions welcome.

4 Comments:

At 11:43 AM, February 21, 2005, Blogger Julie said...

You have to watch "A Summer Place." At the time of its release, it was rather controversial and ground-breaking (in one movie they touched on bigotry, class-ism, pre-marital sex, teen pregnancy, and adultery)—and it's the onus for the Grease song ("as for you Troy Donahue—I know what you want to do"). Though when you watch it in this day and age it's very melodramatic and even humorous in parts, you can't help but respect the way that it critiqued the climate of the 1950s.

 
At 8:41 PM, February 21, 2005, Blogger Plantation said...

Fan of surf movies cuz of the music. I liked Ms Dee. I will miss her.

 
At 10:31 AM, February 22, 2005, Blogger La Chat Noir said...

"won't go to bed till I'm legally wed..."

Yeah. I admit it. I need to branch out, too.

 
At 11:56 AM, February 25, 2005, Blogger Norma said...

I saw a rerun of a 1991 interview. She was still very beautiful 15 years ago. I was looking for a column that compared her career and that writer who committed suicide the same day. Sounded like early burn out for both of them.

 

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