Sandy Dennis Overview:

Actress, Sandy Dennis, was born Sandra Dale Dennis on Apr 27, 1937 in Hastings, NE. Dennis died at the age of 54 on Mar 2, 1992 in Westport, CT and was laid to rest in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Sandy Dennis was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (as Honey) in 1966.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1966Best Supporting ActressWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)HoneyWon
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Goes Up the Down Staircase

By Rick29 on Sep 11, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

I confess that I have never been a fan. Perhaps, it was her choice of roles, but her characters always came across as a contrived combination of exaggerated emotions. But after recently watching Up the Down Staircase (1967), maybe Ms. Dennis deserves a reassessment. Her incredibly natur... Read full article


Goes Up the Down Staircase

By Rick29 on Sep 11, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

I confess that I have never been a fan. Perhaps, it was her choice of roles, but her characters always came across as a contrived combination of exaggerated emotions. But after recently watching Up the Down Staircase (1967), maybe Ms. Dennis deserves a reassessment. Her incredibly natur... Read full article


By Dawn on Mar 6, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, made her first television performance in 1956 in The Guiding Light and her first film performance in Splendor in the Grass (1961). She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). She followed this with her performances in Up the Down Staircase (... Read full article


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Sandy Dennis Quotes:

Charlie Blake: Oh cut it out Sara, I love you. That means past November, past winter, past all the dumb years ahead. OK?
Sara Deever: We made an agreement, you and I, we shook hands.
Charlie Blake: Sara, kids do that.
Sara Deever: A bargain is a bargain. A sacred vow and an oath. Whoever breaks that oath must give up all memories of the other. Do you want to give up your memories of me?
Charlie Blake: No, of course I don't, and I don't have to.
Sara Deever: No, no, I know, I know you don't have to, but supposing that you did.
Charlie Blake: Sara, that's silly, I'd have no control over it. I can't just blot everything out simply because I agreed to.
Sara Deever: People must be remembered Charlie, otherwise it's as if they were never here at all. All we are are the people who remember us. If we go away, and everybody forgets we were ever here, its as if we never were.


Charlie Blake: I love you Sara.
Sara Deever: Oh Charlie, you said it. First time, world premier.
Charlie Blake: You know I love you.
Sara Deever: Yes but you never said it before.
Charlie Blake: In my letters I wrote it.
Sara Deever: You never, never not even once.
Charlie Blake: But it was implied in everything I do.
Sara Deever: Is it the first time that you ever said it?
Charlie Blake: Hmm?
Sara Deever: Do you know what I think Charlie? I think you really mean it.


Honey: I dance like the wind.


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Sandy Dennis Facts
A dedicated exponent of the 'Method' technique via the Actor's Studio, her physical neuroticisms could either captivate or repel audiences.

She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Although she and Gerry Mulligan referred to each other as husband and wife for years, she eventually said that they had never married.

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