By Heidi Parker For Dailymail. But the blonde beauty - who died in at the age of 62 - did not have an easy time with family and fame, according to Sue Cameron's book Hollywood Secrets And Scandals. The all-American girl-next-door looker had a difficult relationship with her mother, got hooked on drugs and alcohol , and had heartbreak over the crumbling of her marriage to crooner Bobby Darin known for the songs Dream Lover and Mack The Knife as well as the megahit Beyond The Sea. But the blonde beauty - who died in at the age of 62 - did not have an easy time. Seen in They had wed even before the movie came out but the studio wanted to keep it quiet as she was only a teenager at the time.
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By age 12, she was a successful model, and she was just 14 when she was signed to her first film, Until They Sail In , Dee hit box-office success with the beach movie Gidget and the young-love movie A Summer Place. The theme song from A Summer Place became a big hit, and the movie became a touchstone for many young people. Although their marriage remained a secret for years, the couple appeared together in If a Man Answers and That Funny Feeling Dee appeared in only six other films in the s, and her divorce from Bobby Darin also marked the end of her short-lived stardom. Sandra Dee found herself a divorcee in , and the landscape of Hollywood films had also changed: Audiences no longer lined up to see the sugary-sweet fare that made her a star in the early s. Dee appeared in only one verifiable big-screen film in the s, The Dunwich Horror , although she starred in four made-for-TV movies. In , she appeared again on Fantasy Island and in her final film, Lost.
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Dee began her career as a child model , working first in commercials, and then film in her teenage years. She became a teenage star for her performances in Imitation of Life and Gidget both , which made her a household name. By the late s, her career had started to decline, and a highly publicized marriage to Bobby Darin m. The year of her divorce, Dee's contract with Universal Pictures was dropped. She attempted a comeback with the independent horror film The Dunwich Horror , but rarely acted after this time, appearing only occasionally in television productions throughout the s and s. Dee's final years were marred by illness, and she died in of complications from kidney disease, brought on by a lifelong struggle with anorexia nervosa.
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