Sandra Dee was 63, filmed A Summer's Place, and was married to
Hunter S. Thompson was 67, wrote Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas, and was honorary night manager at the Mitchell Brother's adult
It's ironic that two such different people died on the same
They were only four years apart - but that put them on opposite sides of
the line dividing the 50s from the 60s. Ironically, I'd been
thinking about Sandra Dee just recently...
Four months ago I'd wanted to rent a beach movie, and ended up with
A Summer's Place. Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue fight very hard not
to have sex. At one
point after a chaste night on the beach, Sandra Dee returns to find her
obsessive mother has even called a doctor to examine her to determine
whether or not she's lost her virginity. There's lots of speeches from
the kids and from the parents about the need to be honest, about the guilt
of previous generations.... Not all of them are anti-sex speeches; some
actually bemoan hypocrisy.
After the movie I did an obligatory web search for trivia. There's that
song in Grease called "Look at
Me I'm Sandra Dee," with a stanza specifically
to Dee's co-star in "A Summer Place."
As for you, Troy Donahue,
Er, so then how does she get knocked up in the last reel? (Whoops - I
gave away the ending...)
I know what you wanna do.
You've got your crust,
I'm no object of lust.
I'm just plain Sandra Dee.
And then the police are looking for them - because they're under-aged.
They hide under a bridge as the sirens go by. Poor lost teen lovers....
In fact, for years I always thought the lyrics to "A Summer Place" were..
That would've made alot more sense. But no, according to a web search,
the lyrics are:
a summer place
where we can go,
And the sweet secret of
Reading her obituary
tonight, I see a friend of the family saying Sandra
"didn't have a bad bone in her body." And that song in Grease?
had a big laugh about it. She had a great sense of humor."
A summer place
Is that it's anywhere
When two people share
All their hopes
All their dreams
All their love.
There's more. "In a March 1991 interview with People magazine, Dee said
she was sexually abused as a child by her stepfather and pushed into
stardom by her mother. Dee, who turned to pills and alcohol, said she hit bottom after her mother
died in 1988.
"'I couldn't function,'" she told People, adding that she began
more than a quart of scotch a day as her weight fell to 80 pounds. She
said she stayed home almost constantly for three years."
I prefer to remember her as the drive-in icon she was.
Apparently one of her
last movies was "The Dunwich Horror" in
1970. Dee plays a librarian
at the library with the only known copy of the Necronomicon. She gets
drugged and kidnapped to a spooky old mansion where there's something
One Amazon reviewer noted it's Sandra Dee's only movie with a nude