Actress Sandra Dee dead at age 63 |

Actress Sandra Dee dead at age 63

LOS ANGELES ” Actress Sandra Dee, who attracted a large teen audience with films such as “Gidget” and “Tammy and the Doctor” and had a headlined marriage to pop singer Bobby Darin, died this morning.

She was 63.

A nursing supervisor at the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks said Dee died shortly before 6 a.m.

Steve Blauner, who represents Darin’s estate and was a longtime family friend, said Dee died of complications from kidney disease after nearly two weeks in the hospital.

At Universal Studio, Dee was cast as mostly in teen-appeal movies such as “The Reluctant Debutante,” “The Restless Years,” “Tammy Tell Me True” and “Take Her She’s Mine.” Occasionally, she was able to do secondary roles in adult films, such as “Imitation of Life,” “A Portrait In Black” and “Romanoff and Juliet.”

After a one-month courtship, Dee married Bobby Darin (born Robert Cossotto) in 1960. A son, Dodd Mitchell, was born to the couple the following year.

In 1965, with her divorce with Darin dampening her teen appeal, Dee was dropped by Universal.

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