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Sandra Dee Net Worth $2 Million

What Was Sandra Dee’s Net Worth At The Time Of Her Death?

Sandra Dee, nicknamed – The Queen of Teens, was an American actress who had a net worth of $2 million. She became a teen idol for her roles in ”Tammy Tell Me True,” ”A Summer Place,” ”A Stranger in My Arms,” ”Gidget,” and ”Imitation of Life.”

She was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress.

Dee was born on April 23, 1942, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the USA, as Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck.

Note – there has been some dispute as to Sandra’s actual birth year, with evidence pointing to both 1942 and 1944.

Dee became a professional model at 4 years old.

Her parents divorced when she was a child. Sandra was brought up in the Russian Orthodox faith and lived with her mother.

She once said about her childhood:

”My mother fed me with a spoon until I was 6 years old.”

In 1957, Dee starred in her first film, titled – ”Until They Sail.” Other movie stars included – Piper Laurie, Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine, and Jean Simmons. The movie was directed by Robert Wise.

In the same year, she provided the voice for The Snow Queen.

In 1958, she graduated from Universal High School in Los Angeles, California.

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In the follow-up year, Dee was cast as Pat Beasley in the drama film ”A Stranger in My Arms” alongside Jeff Chandler and June Allyson.

In the same year, she starred in another movie, entitled – ”Imitation of Life.” It was produced by Ross Hunter and directed by Douglas Sirk.

At the time, the movie was Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing film in history. It became a staple of both the Turner Classic Movies and American Movie Classics cable television networks.

During an interview, she said:

”My first year and a half in Hollywood, I did three films.”

Dee went on to say:

”Then in 1959, I was in ‘Gidget,’ ‘Imitation of Life’ and ‘A Summer Place.’ After that, I was a star. It was fun.”

In 1960, alongside John Saxon and Lana Turner, Sandra appeared in Universal’s Portrait in Black.

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In 1961, Dee starred in Tammy Tell Me True, a comedy film that was directed by Harry Keller.

In 1963, Sandra was voted the 8th biggest star in the United States. In the same year, Sandra appeared in ”Tammy and the Doctor.”

Her last appearance in a film was in 1983, in the movie – “Lost.”

Death & Cause of Death

On February 20, 2005, Sandra died of complications of kidney disease at the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.

Sandra had been in the hospital for about 14 days and had been on dialysis for 4 years since she was diagnosed with kidney failure and throat cancer in 2000.


On December 1st, 1960, Sandra Dee married Bobby Darin, an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor in television and film who recorded his first million-selling single, “Splish Splash,” in 1958.

Sandra Dee and her husband Bobby Darin

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Sandra Dee was 18 years old when she married Bobby Darin.

They met while filming Come September, which was released in 1961.

Although their marriage remained a secret for years, Dee and Darin appeared together in That Funny Feeling and If a Man Answers.

On March 7, 1967, the couple divorced after Sandra suffered from an addiction to alcohol and pills.

After the divorce, she said:

“I had to tell Dodd [her son] that his father and I were two grown-ups who didn’t work out.”

Dee later added:

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”But there was no bitterness in me then although the end came after we suddenly discovered we no longer blended. We had six lovely years together–but the seventh year became an unhappy one…”

In 1973, Bobby married Andrea Joy Yeager.

Following her divorce from Bobby Darin, she rarely acted.

Darin passed away at age 37 in 1973. Interestingly, he always had the feeling he would die young.


On December 16, 1961, she gave birth to her only child at age 19, a son named Dodd Mitchell Darin (aka Morgan Mitchell Darin).

Dodd released the book ”Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee” in 1994.

Sandra Dee with her son Dodd Mitchell Darin

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Dee was 5′ 4″ (1,63 m) tall.


”There are constant cycles in history. There is loss, but it is always followed by regeneration. The tales of our elders who remember such cycles are very important to us now.”

”I’ve always had a problem saying what I feel for fear of having someone dislike me.”

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In a 1991 interview, Sandra had admitted to weighing just 80 pounds by the late 1980s and drinking a quart of scotch a day.

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In the film Kissing Jessica Stein, a character mentions Sandra, saying:

“I took out an ad for Christ’s sake. And I ended up with the Jewish Sandra Dee.”

In 1994, her son published a book about Dee and Darin, titled – ”Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.”

In the book, he chronicled that she had been sexually abused as a child by her stepfather, Eugene Douvan, as well as Sandra’s anorexia, alcohol, and drug problems.

Dee once said about her stepfather:

”While my mother was dating him, he began fondling me. After they got married, it got worse.”

In 2004, Sandra was portrayed by Kate Bosworth in “Beyond the Sea.” It depicts Bobby’s marriage to Sandra Dee as well as his rise to success in both the film and music industry during the 1950s and 1960s. “Beyond the Sea” movie was released just 2 months before Sandra’s death.

She appeared with John Saxon in 3 films:

  • Portrait in Black (1960);
  • The Reluctant Debutante (1958);
  • The Restless Years (1958).

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Net Worth

So, how much was Sandra Dee worth? Dee earned most of her wealth from acting in 34 movies, including – Another World, Fantasy Island, and Houston, We’ve Got a Problem. Therefore, at the time of her death, American actress Sandra Dee had an estimated net worth of $2 million.

She became the “Queen of Teens” in 1950s Hollywood, appearing in films such as A Summer Place and Gidget.

For her performance in Robert Wise’s Until They Sail (1958), Sandra earned a Golden Globe Award.

She also earned money from modeling. For instance, Sandra earned around $75,000 in 1956 (about $706,000 today).

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Sunday 19th of June 2022

Sandra Dee was beautiful and a great actor. This is driving me crazy, I remember a younger Sandra Dee, or someone else, in a movie with a very heavy Cajun accent. Does anyone know the name of the movie? Thank you


Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

The movie you are thinking about is probably called "Tammy, Tell Me True." There was also a sequel co-starring Peter Fonda by the name of "Tammy and the Doctor." She has that accent in both of those movies.

Dave Shay

Saturday 25th of December 2021

After Sandra Dee was married I was devastated, and married my wife on the rebound !

William Clark

Monday 11th of October 2021

Don't miss her in "The Reluctant Debutante". A dandy script, cast, and director lift this movie high on my list of favorite comedies.


Saturday 15th of May 2021

I'm a 73 old GIRL who remembers swooning at Troy Donahue and imagining i was Sandra Dee. A Summer Place, Gidget, Tammy were and still are my favourite movies of all time i even wanted my friends to call me Gidget (They didn't)but my DAD called me GADGET!!! SO SAD that they've both passed away.AH MEMORIESp


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

In my opinion, Sandra Dee was the most beautiful (female)teen idol who ever lived and it’s not even close. Her beauty was mesmerizing. My 12 year old grandson was flipping through the channels one day and came across “A Summer Place” on one of the classic movie channels. Just as he was about to change to the next channel Sandra Dee appeared on screen. I was kind of observing him and I could see his eyes got really wide as he turned to me and said who is that!? It just shows that her beauty transcends time. If she were alive today in her prime, she would be a mega superstar.


Saturday 29th of January 2022

Yes, she was absolutely beautiful!!!