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Sandy Dennis is a Actor American born on 27 april 1937 at Hastings (USA)

Sandy Dennis

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Birth name Sandra Dale Dennis
Nationality USA
Birth 27 april 1937 at Hastings (USA)
Death 2 march 1992 (at 54 years) at Westport (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Sandra Dale “Sandy” Dennis (April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an American theater and film actress. At the height of her career in the 1960s she won two Tony Awards, as well as an Oscar for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.


Dennis lived with prominent jazz musician Gerry Mulligan from 1965 until they split up in 1974. Although Mulligan often referred to Dennis as his second wife, Dennis later revealed that they had never married. She also lived with actor Eric Roberts from 1980 to 1985.

In an interview with People magazine in 1989, Dennis revealed she and Gerry Mulligan had suffered a miscarriage in 1965 and went on to say, "if I'd been a mother, I would have loved the child, but I just didn't have any connection with it when I was pregnant ... I never, ever wanted children. It would have been like having an elephant."

Dennis has been identified as a lesbian by a number of Hollywood historians. According to Dennis' biographer, Peter Shelley, Eric Roberts, upon being asked if Dennis was bisexual, spoke of her telling him about her many lesbian relationships and said that she, "appreciated the beauty of women. But Sandy also liked and appreciated what a very, very young man could do to a woman, I suppose."

Sandy Dennis died from ovarian cancer in Westport, Connecticut, at age 54.

Best films

The Four Seasons (1981)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Usually with

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Larry Cohen
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Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1 films)
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Sean Penn
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William Inge
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sandy Dennis (21 films)

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The Indian Runner, 2h7
Directed by Sean Penn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Musical films
Actors Viggo Mortensen, David Morse, Patricia Arquette, Valeria Golino, Charles Bronson, Sandy Dennis
Roles Mrs. Roberts
Rating69% 3.497883.497883.497883.497883.49788
The story, set in 1960s Nebraska, involves two very different brothers: small-town deputy sheriff Joe and criminal Frank Roberts.
Parents (1989)
, 1h21
Directed by Bob Balaban
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky, Kathryn Grody, Deborah Rush
Roles Millie Dew
Rating60% 3.048943.048943.048943.048943.04894
Ten-year-old Michael Laemle has moved with his parents Nick and Lily from Massachusetts to a new neighborhood in 1954 suburbia. As Michael is very socially awkward and also has an overly active imagination, he has trouble making friends at school. He is also prone to extremely weird dreams, such as dreaming that he has jumped into bed- only for it to collapse into a pool of blood.
Another Woman, 1h18
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about families
Actors Gena Rowlands, Ian Holm, Mia Farrow, Gene Hackman, Blythe Danner, Betty Buckley
Roles Claire
Rating72% 3.647583.647583.647583.647583.64758
Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) is a New York philosophy professor past the age of 50 on a leave of absence to write a new book. Due to construction work in their building, she sublets a furnished flat downtown to have peace and quiet.
976-EVIL (1988)
, 1h32
Directed by Robert Englund
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Robert Picardo, Stephen Geoffreys, Sandy Dennis, Jim Metzler, Lezlie Deane, J. J. Cohen
Roles Aunt Lucy
Rating52% 2.6001452.6001452.6001452.6001452.600145
The movie centers around cousins Spike (Patrick O'Bryan) and Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys), both teenagers who live with Hoax's overtly religious mother Lucy (Sandy Dennis). While Spike is the neighborhood motorcycle bad boy, Hoax is an introverted nerd. Even though Spike genuinely cares for his cousin and protects him from bullies, Hoax is filled with resentment that he cannot stand up for himself or get the girl he wants (both of which Spike does effortlessly).
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, 1h49
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Political films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, Kathy Bates, Mark Patton, Caroline Aaron
Roles Mona
Rating71% 3.5939053.5939053.5939053.5939053.593905
On September 30, 1975, an all-female fan club called the Disciples of James Dean meets inside a Woolworth's five-and-dime store in McCarthy, Texas, to honor the twentieth anniversary of the actor's death. The store is 62 miles away from Marfa, where Dean filmed Giant in 1955. Inside, store owner Juanita prepares for another day on the job while swatting flies and listening to Gospel music on the radio, and also calls for Jimmy Dean by name. Meanwhile, one of the Disciples, Sissy, comes in late after helping out at the truck stop; Juanita remarks that more members could arrive at any moment. Another one, Mona, is taking a late bus.
The Animals Film, 2h16
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Documentary films about animal rights, Documentary films about law, Political films, Documentary films about nature
Actors Julie Christie, Sandy Dennis
Rating81% 4.0605354.0605354.0605354.0605354.060535
The Animals Film presents a survey of the uses of animals in factory farming, as pets, for entertainment, in scientific and military research, hunting, etc. The film also profiles the international animal rights movement. The film incorporates secret government footage, cartoons, newsreels and excerpts from propaganda films.
The Four Seasons, 1h47
Directed by Alan Alda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston
Roles Anne Callan
Rating68% 3.4474853.4474853.4474853.4474853.447485
The story revolves around three married couples living in New York City who take vacations together during each of the seasons. After this pattern has been established, Nick leaves his wife of 21 years, Anne, during the Spring trip to the cabin, for a much younger woman, Ginny. He then proceeds to bring Ginny on the Summer, Fall, and Winter vacation trips. This causes the other two couples to be uncomfortable, feeling as if they have betrayed their good friend Anne.
Perfect Gentlemen
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Themes Heist films
Actors Lauren Bacall, Ruth Gordon, Sandy Dennis, Lisa Pelikan, Robert Alda, Stephen Pearlman
Roles Sophie Rosenman
Rating67% 3.376023.376023.376023.376023.37602
A story about three women with totally different backgrounds who share a common bond in that each needs a large sum of money and each has a husband serving time at a maximum security prison. Lizzie Martin (Lauren Bacall) has been instructed by her husband Ed (Robert Alda) to deliver a $1 million bribe in order to get him an instant parole; however, when she learns he has been having an affair with his secretary, Lizzie wants to disappear but fears for her life if she doesn't carry out his instructions.
Nasty Habits
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Genres Comedy
Actors Glenda Jackson, Rip Torn, Jerry Stiller, Geraldine Page, Edith Evans, Sandy Dennis
Roles Sister Winifred
Rating60% 3.004133.004133.004133.004133.00413
At the little-known and extremely wealthy Abbey of Philadelphia the Abbess, Sister Hildegard, is dying. She wishes her favorite, Sister Alexandra, to succeed her but dies moments before she can make her endorsement public. Alexandra conspires with Sisters Gertrude and Walburga to win the coming election, and to defeat her rival, Sister Felicity, who is openly carrying on an affair with a Jesuit priest, Father Thomas. Alexandra orders hidden microphones and cameras installed throughout the convent, and even hires a pair of Jesuit students, Gregory and Ambrose, to break in and steal Thomas's compromising letters from Sister Felicity's sewing box. The break-in is discovered, but the real meaning is kept hidden and Alexandra wins the election by a landslide. Once she is made Abbess, Alexandra expels and excommunicates Felicity, who begins a very public campaign to topple Alexandra. At the same time, the publicity brings the abbey to the attention of the Holy See, which discovers that the order is an unofficial one, with no actual ties to the Roman Catholic Church. To make matters worse, Gregory and Ambrose blackmail Gertrude and Walburga, who send the bungling Sister Winifred to pay them off only to have the whole scandal made public.
God Told Me To, 1h30
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about religion
Actors Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas
Roles Martha Nicholas
Rating62% 3.1462353.1462353.1462353.1462353.146235
In New York City, a sniper perched on a water tower opens fire on the crowded streets below, killing fifteen pedestrians. Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco), a Catholic NYPD detective, arrives at the scene and approaches the sniper as police officers surround the building. Before jumping to his death, the sniper, Harold Gorman, tells Nicholas that God had told him to commit the murders. A traumatized Nicholas is left to wonder how Gorman could have aimed accurately at his distance with a mail order rifle.
Something Evil, 1h13
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Sandy Dennis, Steven Spielberg, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy, Jeff Corey, Johnny Whitaker
Roles Marjorie Worden
Rating54% 2.704872.704872.704872.704872.70487
A married couple with two young children move into a Pennsylvania farmhouse that turns out to be inhabited by demons. Darren McGavin portrays the TV producer husband, while Sandy Dennis plays his actress wife. Popular child star Johnny Whitaker co-stars as their oldest child, who becomes possessed and begins to torment his family and their friends. When the mother begins to sense that something may be wrong with her son, her husband and friends think she is going insane.
The Out-of-Towners, 1h38
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron, Anne Meara, Robert Nichols, Ann Prentiss
Roles Gwen Kellerman
Rating70% 3.548553.548553.548553.548553.54855
The plot revolves around Gwen and George Kellerman, whose company has invited him to interview for a possible job promotion in New York City. From the moment they depart their home town of Twin Oaks, Ohio, the couple suffers nearly every indignity out-of-towners possibly could experience: Heavy air traffic and heavy fog forces their flight to circle around Kennedy Intl. Airport and the New York skyline repeatedly before finally being rerouted to Boston's Logan Airport, where they discover their luggage - in which George's ulcer medication and Gwen's extra cash are packed - was left behind.
That Cold Day in the Park, 1h53
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns, Michael Murphy, Susanne Benton, Luana Anders
Roles Frances Austen
Rating69% 3.496063.496063.496063.496063.49606
That Cold Day in the Park est un thriller psychologique de 1969 réalisé par Robert Altman, adaptation du roman éponyme de Peter Miles par Gillian Freeman. Le film a été tourné à Vancouver. Le film a été projeté au Festival de Cannes en 1969, hors compétition.
A Touch of Love, 1h47
Directed by Waris Hussein
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Sandy Dennis, Ian McKellen, Eleanor Bron, John Standing, Rachel Kempson, Peggy Thorpe-Bates
Roles Rosamund Stacey
Rating63% 3.1980053.1980053.1980053.1980053.198005
Rosamund Stacey (Sandy Dennis), a young 'bookish' girl in London society, spends her days studying for a doctorate in the British Museum and her nights avoiding the sexual attention of the men in her life. But one day, all that changes. Through a friend, she is introduced to rising TV newsreader/announcer George Matthews (Ian McKellen) and after a further chance meeting and a tumble on the sofa, she finds herself pregnant from her first sexual encounter. A failed attempt at self-abortion just re-inforces Rosamund's resolve to have the child - leaving her on a solitary and at times dismal path through pregnancy and into motherhood, aided only by close friend Lydia (Eleanor Bron). Will she get through it? Will her child? And will she let Matthews know that he is actually the father?
Sweet November, 1h54
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Sandy Dennis, Anthony Newley, Theodore Bikel, Burr DeBenning, Sandy Baron, Marj Dusay
Roles Sara Deever
Rating68% 3.4453453.4453453.4453453.4453453.445345
Successful British box manufacturer Charlie Blake (Anthony Newley) meets Sara Deever (Sandy Dennis) when they both take a driver's exam in New York City. She tries to get a few answers from him, but he is the one who gets expelled for cheating. They run into each other later and go out on a date.