Sandy Dennis

Actor, Acting teacher
Method-trained critics' darling of the 1960s who first made her name on Broadway with Tony Award-winning performances in "A Thousand Clowns" (1962) and "Any Wednesday" (1964). Dennis' high-pitched, neurotic style lent ... Read more »
Born: 04/26/1937 in Hastings, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

976-EVIL 1989 (Movie)

Aunt Lucy (Actor)

Parents 1989 (Movie)

Millie Drew (Actor)

The Equalizer 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Execution 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilson's Reward 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

Anne Callan (Actor)

The Animals Film 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Sister Winifred (Actor)

God Told Me To 1976 (Movie)

Martha Nicholas (Actor)

Mr. Sycamore 1973 (Movie)

Jane Gwilt (Actor)

Something Evil 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

Gwen Kellerman (Actor)

That Cold Day in the Park 1969 (Movie)

Frances Austen (Actor)

Sweet November 1968 (Movie)

Sara Deever (Actor)

The Fox 1967 (Movie)

Jill Banford (Actor)

Up the Down Staircase 1967 (Movie)

Sylvia Barrett (Actor)

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

Honey (Actor)

The Three Sisters 1963 (Movie)

Irina (Actor)

Splendor in the Grass 1961 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Perfect Gentlemen (TV Show)

Actor

The Trouble With Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Method-trained critics' darling of the 1960s who first made her name on Broadway with Tony Award-winning performances in "A Thousand Clowns" (1962) and "Any Wednesday" (1964). Dennis' high-pitched, neurotic style lent itself to quirky, eccentric roles in films such as "Splendor in the Grass" (1961, her debut). Her memorable performance as the irritating yet vulnerable young faculty wife in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1967) earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and her portrayal of an idealistic teacher in an inner-city school in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967) won her a Best Actress accolade from the Moscow Film Festival.

Relationships

Yvonne Dennis

Mother

Frank Dennis

Brother

Jack Dennis

Father
deceased

Gerry Mulligan

Companion
together June 1965 until 1976

Gerald O'Loughlin

Companion
lived together seven years

Eric Roberts Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

University of Nebraska

Omaha , Nebraska
attended one semester

Actors Studio

New York , New York

went to high school in Lincoln, Nebraska; classmate was talk show host Dick Cavett

studied acting with Herbert Berghof in New York

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln , Nebraska
attended one semester

Milestones

1985

Regular role in TV series, "The Equalizer"

1968

TV acting debut, "A Hatful of Rain"

1966

Appeared in legendary Actors Studio production of "The Three Sisters" with Kim Stanley and Geraldine Page; production was taped for television

1961

Screen acting debut in "Splendor in the Grass"

1960

Broadway debut, "Face of a Hero" at the O'Neill Theater

1956

Stage debut, "Bus Stop" at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, Florida

Began acting in high school

Moved to New York City at age 19

First New York stage production, "The Lady From the Sea"

Joined Lincoln Community Theater Group

Grew up in Kenesaw and Lincoln, Nebraska

Bonus Trivia

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A longtime animal lover, Dennis left 33 cats and three dogs upon her death and a Sandy Dennis Memorial Animal Care Fund was established.

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