Saturday, March 6, 2010
Sandy Dennis, made her first television performance in 1956 in The Guiding Light and her first film performance in Splendor in the Grass (1961). She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). She followed this with her performances in Up the Down Staircase (1967), The Fox (1967), Sweet November (1968) and The Out-of-Towners (1970). Dennis signature style included running words together, stopping and starting sentences, suddenly going up and down octaves as she spoke. William Goldman, in his book The Season, referred to her as a "critics' darling" who received rave reviews no matter how unusual her acting. Her last couple film performances was in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean(1982). And she played a leading role in the film The Indian Runner(1991).