- She was good but her adherence to "method acting" techniques made her difficult to work with.
She completely stole the "Out of Towners"
- One of my favorites. Had the pleasure of seeing her on stage several times and, while her tics can sometimes get out of control (yes, I mean Sweet November) she's never anything less than fascinating and, at times, heartbreaking.
CATS now and forever
- What did you see her in on stage r2?
- Sharon Gless?!
- Genius was Sandy Denny the singer.
Make a post for her bitches
What business is that of yours?
- She had an undeniable talent for playing mentally deranged women. Her performance in "That Cold Day in the Park" is one of the creepiest of all time, far surpassing the similar Jessica Walters in "Play Misty for Me" or Glenn in "Fatal Attraction."
Pauline Kael aptly noted that she made an acting style out of post nasal drip.
I saw her in her later years onstage in "Same Time, Next Year" and she was reportedly dating Eric Roberts at the time.
- [quote]Pauline Kael aptly noted that she made an acting style out of post nasal drip.
Now the realm of Mary Louise Parker.
- Sandy was 54 when she died. Sharon Gless is 69 now and looks every day of it. I'm totally confused by OP's comparison.
- Even when Sharon Gless was younger - and quite sexy surprisingly - she was nothing at all like Sandy Dennis.
Actually I can't think of anyone who might be able to pull off Sandy Dennis. Maybe Lili Taylor. However, with due respect to Dennis, whom I like, I have no idea why her life calls out for dramatization.
- Love her in Alan Alda's The Four Seasons, Woody Allen's Another Woman and, of course, in The Out of Towners.
- She was superb in 976-EVIL
- Sandy Dennis has been dead for 20 years. She died at 54 in March 1992. When she died of cancer, I wasn't surprised given she suffered long enough with it. But it did sadden me to lose such a unique and terrific actress. She was indelible in so many films from her Oscar-winning "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" to "Up the Down Staircase" to "The Four Seasons." (A couple titles I'm momentarily forgetting: a 1969 creepy Robert Altman film and the one she did with Jack Lemmon in 1970.) Sandy Dennis had a knack for playing kooks. But she was so damn interesting, whereas today's "talents" are so lifeless.
- A bundle of mannerisms is not acting. Not that it ever stopped Hepburn or Davis.
- OP is right. Sharon Gless would be perfect, they are so much alike and they are also related (first cousins)
- Was she good in 'The Fox'?
Has anybody seen this rare film? I can't find it.
- I agree the Sharon Gless comparison is weird.
She was definitely one of a kind! No one like her today. Hollywood has banned unique actors & actresses these days. It's all bland blank faces.
- I'd prefer Sandy Duncan as Sandy Dennis.
- Wasn't she a crazy cat lady when she died?
- Sandy Koufax as Sandy Dennis!
- Yes The Fox is interesting to see at least once r16, I personally burnt out on it a long time ago. I won't give away the ending, but it wasn't "gay-positive", let's just say. One of the reason I don't like it, since the ending is really the whole point to the movie. But you know, it was the pre-Stonewall 60s.
One of my favorite Sandy movies was her 2nd to last, Parents, an uber-cool little cult horror movie. She really went out with style.
- There's only one Sandy for the role!
- R21, when you say it was not gay-positive, you mean that the love was one-sided from the beginning?
- I'd prefer not to give away the ending, but there was obvious symbolism involved, no?
- I haven't seen that movie yet, that's why i asked...
- The ending of The Fox turns up in The Celluloid Closet as well as quite briefly in Vito.
- There was love between those two women in 'The Fox', or it was one-sided from the beginning?
- Sandy Dennis
- I wonder what Elizabeth Taylor thought of her.
Were they friends?
- One more...Voilà!
- Fuck you by the way
- "You never took him to one god-damn doctor!"
- Sandy Dennis was great in "Up The Down Staircase".
- R13, that creepy Robert Altman film is already referenced in R7, "That Cold Day In The Park." Dennis plays a psycho weirdo (a stretch) who is obsessed with a boy she picks up in the park. It's ending is way worse than "The Fox." No, she doesn't kill him or herself, but you're getting warmer.
- "Nasty Habits" Trailer
- "I saw her in her later years onstage in "Same Time, Next Year" and she was reportedly dating Eric Roberts at the time."
She was a lesbian. So, I'm guessing those "reports" were bullshit. Also loved her in "Parents." Randy Quaid was an appropriately creepy dad and Mary Beth Hurt was wonderful as the mom.
- R37 and how do you know that she was a lesbian exactly?
- Sandy was never a lesbian, get a grip!
- Lesbian or not she was definitely a good actress.
- "and how do you know that she was a lesbian exactly?"
Google it, bitch. Get those fat fingers a' typin'. Meanwhile, this is a gay gossip board. So fuck you for your heterosexualization of EVERYTHING.
- R41, chill!
I just made a question and by the way my fingers are not fat
- Sarah Paulson could play her; also Sarah Polley.
Wasn't she bi-sexual?
- [quote]Google it, bitch. Get those fat fingers a' typin'. Meanwhile, this is a gay gossip board. So fuck you for your heterosexualization of EVERYTHING
You don't need to talk like that, it's just a question on sexuality. I could care less if she's a lesbian, but you're wrong.
- Once again, fuck you. Don't like the way I talk? Tough shit. I'm not here to be your sassy sidekick.
- [quote]Once again, fuck you. Don't like the way I talk? Tough shit. I'm not here to be your sassy sidekick
- Shirley Knight essentially played everything Sandy Dennis played but without the annoying mannerisms.
- So R47, you imply that Sandy was full of mannerisms?
- I think Amanda Seyfried could play Sandy Dennis.
- R49, Pell James could play Sandy Dennis. They have a strong resemblance.
- Lohan would be interesting playing this Dennis while going through severe alcohol withdrawal.
- A review of her in a London stage production of "The Three Sisters" said that Dennis went after her part "like an ape looking for a banana..."
Loved her in "Up the Down Staircase."
- Sandy was my acting teacher in the 80s. She was living with Eric Roberts at the time and occasionally he would pick her up after classes. She also had a longterm relationship with Gerry Mulligan. She wrote a really beautiful book (Sandy Dennis: A Personal Memoir) - not a gossipy book by any means - and she barely touches upon her acting career - but it has some lovely, thoughtful writing.
- Was she naturally a blonde or was that a wig in VIRGINIA WOOLF?
- [quote]Once again, fuck you. Don't like the way I talk? Tough shit. I'm not here to be your sassy sidekick.
Then why are you writing like you are?
- Lol guys, i love you all
- Keir Dullea was very hot as the love object of The Fox. He should have had a bigger screen career.
I know....Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow.
- I agree, Keir Dullea should have had a bigger career. Also very unique.
- Keir Dullea had a career, anyway!
- OP, hon I LOVE Sharon Gless, but the woman is 70 years old.
- Dullea's ass in 'The Time Traveller' ('The Next One)
- I love the American Dad spoof of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Animated Sandy Dennis looks perfect.
- His ass again from the same movie
- Charming man and very expressive
- I love that movie, R62
- Lol, i agree R66, it was a peculiar nice movie.
I liked it too.
- Loooool R63!
- Bunny honey!
- I understand you dear
- Was Sandy Dennis good in 'The Out of Towners'?
Will she amaze me?
- It's from 'A Touch of Love'
I like this photo of Sandy.
- I always considered Sandy Dennis a lesbian. Is because someone is trying to turn her straight now?
- Maybe she liked women sexually, why you must give her a name?
- She told Cher after they had a cast read for "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean" at Robert Altman's apt.: "You were really awful, yet I couldn't take my eyes off you!"
- Oh charming...
- I always hated her acting, but I had to acknowledge that she was great actress. I just couldn't stand her mannerisms.
I knew her in the 1980s. She did not have a relationship with Eric Roberts. He was a sublet/border. He did pick her up at HB studios, etc., so; rumors started. She told great theater stories. It is a shame she never wrote any of them down.
Another friend produced The Three Sisters. Sandy Dennis was a replacement when the production was transferred to London. Sandy twirled her arms around like the blades of a windmill in rehearsals so Lee Strasburg made her wear a large rubber band cut from an inner tube in rehearsals. Her costume was intentionally cut to inhibit her movement. Sandy credited this to her bad reviews.
- Which is her best movie bitches?
- Up the downstairs
- R79 i'm downloading 'Up the Down Staircase' now. I hope it is as good as you implied that it is.
- In her tiny role, she adds so much in Woddy Allen's brilliant "Another Woman". She managed to be the most watchable actress in any project she was in.
- There was a chapter on her in the book "Hollywood Lesbians," along with Marjorie Main and Agnes Moorehead and I forget who else.
- a neighbor of mine, christoper dennis, claims he is her son she gave away and never spoke of. He talks about it in confessions of a superhero.
- [quote]A bundle of mannerisms is not acting. Not that it ever stopped Hepburn or Davis
Or old Click-click-click herself!
- (80) Did u see the movie? What did you think?
- A friend's sister knew her from acting days on B'way in the 80s. Apparently Dennis was much less wierd in real life than on the screen.
Her mannered "twitch as an acting style" was annoying in most of her performances, although she was perfect in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". The "Out of Towners" was annoying, but more for Jack Lemmon's overacting and Neil Simon's tiresome sitcom-like script.
- R85 i'm still downloading the movie!
I think i'll be able to see it tomorrow.
I'll tell you when i see it.
- She was brilliant in WHOS AFRAID Watched it yesterday. Wow.
- She's brilliant, and relatively unmannered, in "That Cold Day in the Park"
- R85 i managed to see 'Up the Down Staircase'.
Sandy was great in that role, however i felt pissed off with the whole situation it was going on in this fucking high school.
- I love Sandy and Estelle Parsons, but the movie is very dated. It's ok for a movie to be of its time, like a time capsule, but I don't think it hold up that way.
- Estelle wasn't in Staircase, I was thinking of her playing the best friend of another teacher in Rachel, Rachel. Well she should've been in it, it would've been better.
- She was part of a generation of actresses from the stage that had varying degrees of success in film. I would include Lois Nettleton, Joan Hackett and Shirley Knight. I think Lois was a bit older than the rest. I loved her and was saddened by her death in 2008. To me they remain very interesting to watch.
I'd say Sandy was the most successful in terms of Hollywood films.
- Yes Sandy is a very interesting actress.
She seemed bisexual and i love that.
- As a teacher...
- As a teacher again...
- This image from the archives of LIFE magazine first appeared on September 1, 1967.
- Beautiful profile
- Expressive and caring
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sandy?
- R93: Lois Nettleton mostly toiled in television but was a far better actress, no mess of twichy mannerism was he.
Dennis would have been horrible in "Same Time, Next Year"--she and Alan Alda would have been competing for "most grating".
- Yeah, R101, Lois did do more tv than film over the years. From what I read she liked being a character actress and she did lots of tv at one point b/c she was caring for her mother.
All her personal archives were bequeathed to DePaul University in Illinois.
She played Blanche in "Streetcar" in the 70's and apparently was hailed by many to have given one of the best interpretations of Blanche.
- Mary Louise parker will be playing Sandy Dennis
- Mary Louise Parker would be great! She's almost as annoying as Dennis and seems like she's more fucked-up. Marcia Gay Harden could give her competition, though. What a mess she usually seems to be!
- Your wife is slim-hipped....