Sandra Dee was a popular teenage star who struggled with anorexia and alcoholism.
She was born Alexandria Cymboliack Zuck on April 23, 1942 (some sources say 1944). Her parents divorced when she was five and her mother remarried. Unfortunately her stepfather sexually abused her. Sandra began modeling when she was a child. At the age of twelve she was earning $75,000 a year. She was discovered by producer Ross Hunter who cast her in the 1957 film Until They Sail. Her performance won her a Golden Globe award for Best New Star. Then she was signed by Universal Studios. She starred in a string of hit films including Imitation Of Life, Gidget, and A Summer Place. The blonde teenager had a wholesome girl next door image that audiences loved. Sandra appeared on the cover of countless movie magazines and was nicknamed the "Queen Of The Teens". Terrified of gaining weight she started starving herself to stay thin. On December 1, 1960 she married singer Bobby Darin after a three month courtship. Their son Dodd was born a year later. She and Bobby worked together in the films Come September and That Happy Feeling. The couple divorced in 1967. By this time her career was in decline and she was still struggling with anorexia.