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Sandy Dennis

Sandra (Sandy) Dale Dennis was an American theater and film actress. Born in Hastings, Nebraska, Dennis made her television debut in 1956 in The Guiding Light and her film debut in Splendor in the Grass (1961), however she was more committed to following a career in theater. She won consecutive Tony Awards for her performances in A Thousand Clowns and Any Wednesday, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966). She followed this with well received performances in Up the Down Staircase (1967), The Fox (1967), Sweet November (1968) and The Out-of-Towners (1970).

An advocate of method acting Dennis was often described as neurotic and mannered in her performances, with many critics stating her style was better suited for the stage rather than the screen. Dennis also placed a higher priority on her stage work. Her last significant film role was in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982).

She died from ovarian cancer in Westport, Connecticut.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Sandy Dennis Facts

Birth NameSandra Dale Dennis
BirthdayApril 28, 1937
BirthplaceHastings, Nebraska, USA
Date of deathMarch 2, 1992 (age 54)
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Sandy Dennis compared to you?
Awards1967 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

Selected Filmography

Crocodile Dundee II
Under Siege
Above the Law
The Execution
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Easy Rider
Splendor in the Grass
George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
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