Sandy Dennis Biography (1937-1992)

Full name, Sandra Dale Dennis; born April 27, 1937, in Hastings, NE; died ofovarian cancer, March 2, 1992, in Westport, CT; cremated; daughter of Jack (apostal clerk) and Yvonne (a secretary) Dennis; married Gerry Mulligan (a jazz musician), June, 1965 (separated, 1976). Addresses: Agent: Lantz Office, 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Birth Details
April 27, 1937
Hastings, Nebraska, United States
Death Details
March 2, 1992
Westport, Connecticut, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Kay, Splendor in the Grass, Warner Brothers, 1961.
  • Honey, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Warner Brothers, 1966.
  • Jill, The Fox, Warner Brothers, 1967.
  • Sylvia Barrett, Up the Down Staircase, Warner Brothers, 1967.
  • Sara Deever, Sweet November, Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, 1968.
  • The Millstone, Palomar Pictures International, c. 1968.
  • Rosamund Stacey, Thank You All Very Much (also known as A Touchof Love), Columbia, 1969.
  • Frances Austen, That Cold Day in the Park, Commonwealth United Entertainment, 1969.
  • Gwen Kellerman, The Out of Towners, Paramount, 1970.
  • Jane Gwilt, Mr. Sycamore, Film Venture, 1975.
  • Martha Nicholas, God Told Me To (also known as Demon), NewWorld, 1976.
  • Winifred, Nasty Habits, Brut, 1976.
  • Irina, The Three Sisters (also see below), NTA, 1977.
  • Anne Callan, The Four Seasons, Universal, 1981.
  • Mona, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (alsosee below), Viacom, 1982.
  • Claire, Another Woman, Orion, 1988.
  • Aunt Lucy, 976-EVIL, New Line, 1988.
  • Millie Drew, Parents, Vestron, 1989.
  • Mother, The Indian Runner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991.
  • Also appeared in The Animals Film, 1981.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Dr. Enid Bingham, The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever (also known as Heartfarm and The Only Way Out Is Dead), ABC, 1970.
  • Marjorie Worden, Something Evil, CBS, 1972.
  • Sophie Rosenman, Perfect Gentlemen, CBS, 1978.
  • Elsa Spahn, The Execution, NBC, 1985.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • The Guiding Light, CBS, 1956.
  • "Idylls of a Running Back," Naked City, ABC, 1962.
  • "Carrier," Naked City, ABC, 1963.
  • "The Other Side of the Mountain," The Fugitive, ABC, 1963.
  • "Somewhat Lower Than Angels," Arrest and Trial, ABC, 1964.
  • "Don't Mention My Name in Sheboygan," Mr. Broadway, CBS, 1964.
  • "Day of Terror, Night of Fear," Police Story, NBC, 1978.
  • "Out of the Blue," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985.
  • "Arthur," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1985.
  • Kay, "Out of the Past," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Celia Pope, A Hatful of Rain, ABC, 1968.
  • Irina, The Three Sisters, syndicated, 1968.
  • Patricia Benson, The Trouble with Mother, syndicated, 1979.
  • Martha James, Wilson's Reward, syndicated, 1980.
  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • Hilde, The Lady from the Sea, Tempo Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • (Broadway debut) Understudy for roles of Flirt Conroy and Reenie Flood, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (also see below), Music Box Theatre,New York City, 1957.
  • Elma Duckworth, Bus Stop, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1957.
  • Mordeen, Burning Bright, Theatre East, New York City, 1959.
  • Millicent Bishop, Face of a Hero, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New YorkCity, 1960.
  • Nancy, Motel, Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA, 1960.
  • Sister Gabrielle, Port Royal, Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, New York City, 1960.
  • Ann Howard, The Complaisant Lover, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1961-62.
  • Sandra Markowitz, A Thousand Clowns, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1962.
  • Ellen Gordon, Any Wednesday, Music Box Theatre, 1964.
  • Irina, The Three Sisters, World Theatre, Aldwych, England, 1965.
  • Title role, Daphne in Cottage D, Longacre Theatre, New York City,1967.
  • Cherry, Bus Stop, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1970-71.
  • Teresa Phillips, How the Other Half Loves, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1971.
  • Hannah Heywood, Let Me Hear You Smile, Biltmore Theatre, New YorkCity, 1973.
  • Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ivanhoe Theatre, 1973-74.
  • Eva, Absurd Person Singular, Music Box Theatre, 1974-75.
  • Doris, Same Time, Next Year, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1975- 78.
  • Fallen Angels, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1977-78.
  • Sally, The Supporting Cast, Biltmore Theatre, 1981.
  • Mona, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1982.
  • Sophia Bowsky, Buried inside Extra, Public Theatre/Martinson Hall,New York City, 1983.
  • Credits; Major Tours
  • Reenie Flood, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, U.S. cities, 1959.
  • Catherine Reardon, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, U.S. cities,1971.
  • Anna Reardon, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, U.S. cities, 1972.
  • Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday, U.S. cities, 1974.
  • Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, U.S. cities, 1975.

Further Reference

Obituaries and Other Sources: Periodicals

  • Detroit Free Press, March 5, 1992, p. 2B.
  • Variety, March 9, 1992, p. 2B.

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