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Sandy Dennis

Pure genius.

Sharon Gless should play her in a movie.

by Anonymousreply 13408/15/2013

She was good but her adherence to "method acting" techniques made her difficult to work with.

She completely stole the "Out of Towners"

by Anonymousreply 112/14/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 212/14/2012

What did you see her in on stage r2?

by Anonymousreply 312/14/2012

Sharon Gless?!

by Anonymousreply 412/14/2012

Genius was Sandy Denny the singer.

Make a post for her bitches

by Anonymousreply 512/14/2012

r3 What business is that of yours?

by Anonymousreply 612/14/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 712/14/2012

[quote]Pauline Kael aptly noted that she made an acting style out of post nasal drip.

Now the realm of Mary Louise Parker.

by Anonymousreply 812/14/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 912/14/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1012/14/2012

Love her in Alan Alda's The Four Seasons, Woody Allen's Another Woman and, of course, in The Out of Towners.

by Anonymousreply 1112/14/2012

She was superb in 976-EVIL

by Anonymousreply 1212/14/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1312/14/2012

A bundle of mannerisms is not acting. Not that it ever stopped Hepburn or Davis.

by Anonymousreply 1412/14/2012

OP is right. Sharon Gless would be perfect, they are so much alike and they are also related (first cousins)

by Anonymousreply 1512/14/2012

Was she good in 'The Fox'?

Has anybody seen this rare film? I can't find it.

by Anonymousreply 1612/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1712/16/2012

I'd prefer Sandy Duncan as Sandy Dennis.

by Anonymousreply 1812/16/2012

Wasn't she a crazy cat lady when she died?

by Anonymousreply 1912/16/2012

Sandy Koufax as Sandy Dennis!

by Anonymousreply 2012/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2112/16/2012

There's only one Sandy for the role!

by Anonymousreply 2212/16/2012

R21, when you say it was not gay-positive, you mean that the love was one-sided from the beginning?

by Anonymousreply 2312/16/2012

I'd prefer not to give away the ending, but there was obvious symbolism involved, no?

by Anonymousreply 2412/16/2012

I haven't seen that movie yet, that's why i asked...

by Anonymousreply 2512/16/2012

The ending of The Fox turns up in The Celluloid Closet as well as quite briefly in Vito.

by Anonymousreply 2612/16/2012

There was love between those two women in 'The Fox', or it was one-sided from the beginning?

by Anonymousreply 2712/16/2012

Sandy Dennis

:)

by Anonymousreply 2812/16/2012

I wonder what Elizabeth Taylor thought of her. Were they friends?

by Anonymousreply 2912/16/2012

Enjoy...

by Anonymousreply 3012/16/2012

One more...Voilà!

by Anonymousreply 3112/16/2012

Fuck you by the way

by Anonymousreply 3212/16/2012

"You never took him to one god-damn doctor!"

by Anonymousreply 3312/16/2012

Sandy Dennis was great in "Up The Down Staircase".

by Anonymousreply 3412/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3512/16/2012

"Nasty Habits" Trailer

by Anonymousreply 3612/16/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 3712/16/2012

R37 and how do you know that she was a lesbian exactly?

by Anonymousreply 3812/16/2012

Sandy was never a lesbian, get a grip!

by Anonymousreply 3912/16/2012

Lesbian or not she was definitely a good actress.

by Anonymousreply 4012/16/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 4112/16/2012

R41, chill!

I just made a question and by the way my fingers are not fat

by Anonymousreply 4212/16/2012

Sarah Paulson could play her; also Sarah Polley. Wasn't she bi-sexual?

by Anonymousreply 4312/16/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4412/16/2012

Once again, fuck you. Don't like the way I talk? Tough shit. I'm not here to be your sassy sidekick.

by Anonymousreply 4512/16/2012

[quote]Once again, fuck you. Don't like the way I talk? Tough shit. I'm not here to be your sassy sidekick

Whatever.

by Anonymousreply 4612/16/2012

Shirley Knight essentially played everything Sandy Dennis played but without the annoying mannerisms.

by Anonymousreply 4712/16/2012

So R47, you imply that Sandy was full of mannerisms?

by Anonymousreply 4812/16/2012

I think Amanda Seyfried could play Sandy Dennis.

by Anonymousreply 4912/16/2012

R49, Pell James could play Sandy Dennis. They have a strong resemblance.

by Anonymousreply 5012/16/2012

Lohan would be interesting playing this Dennis while going through severe alcohol withdrawal.

by Anonymousreply 5112/16/2012

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."

by Anonymousreply 5212/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5312/16/2012

Was she naturally a blonde or was that a wig in VIRGINIA WOOLF?

by Anonymousreply 5412/16/2012

[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?

by Anonymousreply 5512/16/2012

Lol guys, i love you all

by Anonymousreply 5612/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5712/16/2012

I agree, Keir Dullea should have had a bigger career. Also very unique.

by Anonymousreply 5812/16/2012

Keir Dullea had a career, anyway!

by Anonymousreply 5912/18/2012

OP, hon I LOVE Sharon Gless, but the woman is 70 years old.

by Anonymousreply 6012/18/2012

Baby!

by Anonymousreply 6112/18/2012

Dullea's ass in 'The Time Traveller' ('The Next One)

by Anonymousreply 6212/18/2012

I love the American Dad spoof of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Animated Sandy Dennis looks perfect.

by Anonymousreply 6312/18/2012

His ass again from the same movie

by Anonymousreply 6412/18/2012

Charming man and very expressive

by Anonymousreply 6512/18/2012

I love that movie, R62

by Anonymousreply 6612/18/2012

Lol, i agree R66, it was a peculiar nice movie. I liked it too.

by Anonymousreply 6712/18/2012

Loooool R63!

by Anonymousreply 6812/18/2012

Bunny honey!

by Anonymousreply 6912/18/2012

I understand you dear

by Anonymousreply 7012/18/2012

Was Sandy Dennis good in 'The Out of Towners'? Will she amaze me?

by Anonymousreply 7112/19/2012

It's from 'A Touch of Love'

I like this photo of Sandy.

by Anonymousreply 7212/19/2012

I always considered Sandy Dennis a lesbian. Is because someone is trying to turn her straight now?

by Anonymousreply 7312/19/2012

Maybe she liked women sexually, why you must give her a name?

:)

by Anonymousreply 7412/19/2012

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!"

by Anonymousreply 7512/19/2012

Oh charming...

by Anonymousreply 7612/19/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7712/19/2012

Which is her best movie bitches?

by Anonymousreply 7812/20/2012

Up the downstairs

by Anonymousreply 7912/20/2012

R79 i'm downloading 'Up the Down Staircase' now. I hope it is as good as you implied that it is.

:)

by Anonymousreply 8012/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8112/21/2012

There was a chapter on her in the book "Hollywood Lesbians," along with Marjorie Main and Agnes Moorehead and I forget who else.

by Anonymousreply 8212/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8312/21/2012

[quote]A bundle of mannerisms is not acting. Not that it ever stopped Hepburn or Davis

Or old Click-click-click herself!

by Anonymousreply 8412/21/2012

(80) Did u see the movie? What did you think?

by Anonymousreply 8512/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8612/21/2012

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.

Kiss.

by Anonymousreply 8712/22/2012

She was brilliant in WHOS AFRAID Watched it yesterday. Wow.

by Anonymousreply 8812/22/2012

She's brilliant, and relatively unmannered, in "That Cold Day in the Park"

by Anonymousreply 8912/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9012/23/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9112/23/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9212/23/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9312/23/2012

Yes Sandy is a very interesting actress. She seemed bisexual and i love that.

by Anonymousreply 9412/24/2012

As a teacher...

by Anonymousreply 9512/24/2012

As a teacher again...

by Anonymousreply 9612/24/2012

This image from the archives of LIFE magazine first appeared on September 1, 1967.

by Anonymousreply 9712/28/2012

Beautiful profile

by Anonymousreply 9812/28/2012

Expressive and caring

by Anonymousreply 9912/28/2012

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sandy?

by Anonymousreply 10012/28/2012

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".

by Anonymousreply 10112/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10201/11/2013

Mary Louise parker will be playing Sandy Dennis

by Anonymousreply 10301/11/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 10401/12/2013

Your wife is slim-hipped....

by Anonymousreply 10501/12/2013

If you want to download 'The Fox'(1967) with Sandy Dennis, here it is!

by Anonymousreply 10607/19/2013

She played the same role over and over and over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 10707/19/2013

Natasha Lyonne should play Sandy.

by Anonymousreply 10807/19/2013

Met her on a few occasions. She was very well-read, liked to drink, and very sweet, if a bit dotty. She once exposed her breasts to me at a small cocktail party as she spoke of Willa Cather.

I'm not making this up.

Also heard that Eric Roberts used to rough her up when they were dating.

by Anonymousreply 10907/19/2013

They weren't dating, r109. How about reading this thread?

by Anonymousreply 11007/19/2013

How about asking someone who knows? They were indeed a couple for quite a long time. And I know for a fact. Doesn't mean she didn't love the ladies, too.

by Anonymousreply 11107/19/2013

Eric Roberts was a boarder - he rented a room.

Sandy was almost 20 years older than him.

by Anonymousreply 11207/19/2013

Oh, right, And men never date older women. How could I be so wrong?

by Anonymousreply 11307/19/2013

Sure - gay men. Straight men date women 5-10 years older, not 20. Did you just hatch from an egg?

See R77.

by Anonymousreply 11407/19/2013

Austin Pendleton should play Sandy Dennis.

by Anonymousreply 11507/19/2013

A bit twitchy for my taste

by Anonymousreply 11607/19/2013

Brilliant in the underrated "That Cold Day in the Park"

by Anonymousreply 11707/19/2013

Her cameo in "Another Woman" is simply spell-binding. She should've been nominated for another Oscar for it.

by Anonymousreply 11807/19/2013

I know maybe this is not the right thread to speak about it, but have you seen 'Le sorelle'(1969) with Susan Strasberg and Nathalie Delon? It is a lesbian movie and i strive to download it from the torrents. I'm stuck. Can you help me by downloading it too? Maybe it will unstuck this way.

Ty...

Here is the torrent(the link below)

by Anonymousreply 11907/19/2013

Sandy has that great scene in "Out Of Towners", near the end, when she and Lemmon are finally in the hotel room, and she tells him what she really wants (not to live in NYC, etc.). A close up, quiet scene. She's amazing. No faces, no tics, just talking. She was an amazing actress.

by Anonymousreply 12007/19/2013

'The Fox' is a great movie. Someone said that it was not a lesbian film, but in fact it was. It was a closeted lesbian movie with an active lesbian sex scene.

Ellen(Anne Heywood)was attracted to both Jill(Sandy Dennis)and Paul(Keir Dullea). She couldn't express her attraction to Jill at the beginning, because she didn't think that Jill would understand. So she was dreaming away most of the time, while Jill was chirping away...

When Paul came, offered to Ellen what she needed a long time now:the opportunity to have sex. Her emotions for Paul are not sure but she is attracted to him. On the other hand, her love and caring for Jill are more clear.

All this mess that Paul's presence create, awakens finally the lesbianism in subtle Jill and finally she makes a move on Ellen and they make love. After that Ellen decides that she wants to stay with Jill, but Paul will be the intruder again one more last time...

I loved the direction and the cinematography of this film. It's a really good movie. Actually, it's great.

by Anonymousreply 12107/21/2013

Now, there are seeders for 'Le sorelle'(1969) Hurry!

R119

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Yeah!

by Anonymousreply 12207/22/2013

It's a large brown one and a small gray one.

by Anonymousreply 12307/22/2013

In 'Bluebeard'(1972)Erika (Nathalie Delon), a model with a baby-talk voice, who asked Bluebeard(Richard Burton) which of her breasts with pet names that he preferred; she was seduced in a lesbian scene with prostitute (Sybil Danning) while learning how to pleasure a man; both were impaled in the back by a falling chandelier with an elephant tusk

by Anonymousreply 12407/26/2013

James Franco could really pull off Sandy Dennis in a biopic.

by Anonymousreply 12507/26/2013

R122 Le sorelle was a very interesting movie. Thank you for your info.

by Anonymousreply 12608/06/2013

It didn't surprise me to see Susan Strasberg in a lesbian movie. She always had these bisexual vibes in her, it was about time to play in such a movie and she did that very well.

Nathalie Delon in this role was awesome and so psychotic! A great beauty who knew how to used her expression through her eyes.

By the way Susan Strasberg wrote about Marilyn Monroe a book, “Marilyn and Me”

“When I looked into her eyes, it was like looking into my own, they were like a child’s eyes. I was still a child. You know how children just look at you. My feeling was she had less ego or was less narcissistic than most of the actors who never really bothered with me. She was just another person to me, another one from that world I felt cut off, excluded, from. She was nicer, real simple, no makeup, and she really looked at me as if she saw me. It wasn’t that I wanted people to look at me, but I knew the difference when she did. I knew everyone said she was the sexiest, most sensual woman in the world. Not to me. I thought there was something wrong with me for not feeling that from her. I’d felt it from other women who came to the house. I was pretty sexually frustrated then. She was so open, so loose, and her sensuality as such was so totally innocent, nothing dirty in it at all, and the first time it was just like talking to an ordinary person, only realer than most who came into the house in those days. She was quiet, too, I remember, like an animal is quiet, and I was like that too, survival tactics. She seemed smart, but not in an educated way, instinctively smart, nobody’s fool.“

by Anonymousreply 12708/06/2013

This has probably already been said but Gless is almost ten years older than Dennis was when she died.

by Anonymousreply 12808/06/2013

Sandy was an excellent actress. However i wonder why Datalounge hasn't made a thread about Susan Strasberg yet. She was gorgeous!

by Anonymousreply 12908/09/2013

She is a great example of a brilliant woman that should've been way more famous.

Others include, Jane Curtain, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennen and Louise Lasser.

by Anonymousreply 13008/09/2013

I saw a lot of Sandy Dennis on stage and screen when she was a hot item. She could be brilliant, true, but she could also be the most tiresome, mannered and self-indulgent actress. I often felt she just needed to blow her nose and get on with it. But she did sort of originate quirky. The idea of her on stage as one of Chekov's three sisters (the others were Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley) is almost too ludicrous to contemplate.

by Anonymousreply 13108/09/2013

Wasn't she a lesbian? I think I've heard something like that about her.

by Anonymousreply 13208/09/2013

Funny Girl was hot, hot, hot that year. And I begged my father to take us to see it, but he couldn't get his hands on a single ticket. Instead, he took us to see a matinee of Any Wednesday with Sandy Dennis. He said, "Let's go see a woman who's going to be doing the exact same thing for the next 20 years." But she did it best in Any Wednesday, you have to admit.

by Anonymousreply 13308/09/2013

Sorry, i made a mistake. I'm R127 and although Susan Strasberg wrote that book about Marilyn, she didn't write the 'When i looked into her eyes...'excerpt. I was wrong. It was John Strasberg's words about Marilyn. (John was Susan's brother)

“When I looked into her eyes, it was like looking into my own, they were like a child’s eyes. I was still a child. You know how children just look at you. My feeling was she had less ego or was less narcissistic than most of the actors who never really bothered with me. She was just another person to me, another one from that world I felt cut off, excluded, from. She was nicer, real simple, no makeup, and she really looked at me as if she saw me. It wasn’t that I wanted people to look at me, but I knew the difference when she did. I knew everyone said she was the sexiest, most sensual woman in the world. Not to me. I thought there was something wrong with me for not feeling that from her. I’d felt it from other women who came to the house. I was pretty sexually frustrated then. She was so open, so loose, and her sensuality as such was so totally innocent, nothing dirty in it at all, and the first time it was just like talking to an ordinary person, only realer than most who came into the house in those days. She was quiet, too, I remember, like an animal is quiet, and I was like that too, survival tactics. She seemed smart, but not in an educated way, instinctively smart, nobody’s fool.“

by Anonymousreply 13408/15/2013
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