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'In the Land of Sandra Dee'

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'In the Land of Sandra Dee'

 

Long ago and far away,

In a land that time forgot,

Before the days of Dylan

Or the dawn of Camelot.

 

There lived a race of innocents,

And they were you and me,

Long ago and far away

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

Oh, there was truth and goodness

In that land where we were born,

Where navels were for oranges,

And Peyton Place was porn.

 

For Ike was in the White House,

And Hoss was on TV,

And God was in His Heaven

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We learned to gut a muffler,

We washed our hair at dawn,

We spread our crinolines to dry

In circles on the lawn.

 

And they could hear us coming

All the way to Tennessee

All starched and sprayed and rumbling

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We longed for love and romance,

And waited for the prince,

And Eddie Fisher married Liz,

And no one's seen him since.

 

We danced to "Little Darlin'",

And Sang to "Stagger Lee"

And cried for Buddy Holly

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

Only girls wore earrings then,

And three was one too many,

And only boys wore flat-top cuts,

Except for Jean McKinney.

 

And only in our wildest dreams

Did we expect to see

A boy named George with lipstick

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We fell for Frankie Avalon,

Annette was oh, so nice,

And when they made a movie,

They never made it twice.

 

We didn't have a Star Trek Five,

Or Psycho Two and Three,

Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold,

And Chester had a limp,

And Reagan was a Democrat

Whose co-star was a chimp.

 

We had a Mr Wizard,

But not a Mr T,

And Oprah couldn't talk yet

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We had our share of heroes,

We never thought they'd go,

At least not Bobby Darin,

Or Marilyn Monroe.

 

For youth was still eternal,

And life was yet to be,

And Elvis was forever,

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We'd never seen the rock band

That was Grateful to be Dead,

And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson,

And Zeppelins weren't Led.

 

And Beatles lived in gardens then,

And Monkees in a tree,

Madonna was a virgin

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We'd never heard of Microwaves,

Or telephones in cars,

And babies might be bottle-fed,

But they weren't grown in jars.

 

And pumping iron got wrinkles out,

And "gay" meant fancy-free,

And dorms were never coed

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We hadn't seen enough of jets

To talk about the lag,

And microchips were what was left at

The bottom of the bag.

 

And Hardware was a box of nails,

And bytes came from a flea,

And rocket ships were fiction

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

Buicks came with portholes,

And side show came with freaks,

And bathing suits came big enough

To cover both your cheeks.

 

And Coke came just in bottles,

And skirts came to the knee,

And Castro came to power

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

We had no Crest with Fluoride,

We had no Hill Street Blues,

We all wore superstructure bras

Designed by Howard Hughes.

 

We had no patterned pantyhose

Or Lipton herbal tea

Or prime-time ads for condoms

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

There were no golden arches,

No Perriers to chill,

And fish were not called Wanda,

And cats were not called Bill.

 

And middle-aged was thirty-five

And old was forty-three,

And ancient was our parents

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

But all things have a season,

Or so we've heard them say,

And now instead of Maybelline

We swear by Retin-A.

 

And they send us invitations

To join AARP,

We've come a long way, baby,

From the Land of Sandra Dee.

 

So now we face a brave new world

In slightly larger jeans,

And wonder why they're using

Smaller print in magazines.

 

And we tell our children's children

Of the way it used to be,

Long ago and far away

In the Land of Sandra Dee.

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Cute, Mongo! I shared it with a couple of people who I know would "remember when..."

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LOVE the poem, mongo! I'm only 21, so obviously I wasn't able to experience what it was like to live "In the Land of Sandra Dee" but wish I could have. I have to say, though, as I was reading it I was listening to Marilyn Manson's remake of the 80's song "Tainted Love" on my iPod!!! Things really have changed.

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Miss G., my cousin sent me that nostalgic post about Sandra Dee. It's a time I recall with fondess and thought it would be nice to share it. Those were the days.

 

Harlow, I'm glad that you liked the poem.

Once upon a time I treasured Marilyn Monroe, and now your into Marilyn Manson.

Tmes sure have changed.

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God, what normal red-blooded American guy hasn't had a crush on Sandra Dee at one time or another. I know I did. How do you get any sweeter than that! I remember once crying after viewing one of her pictures. And I don't cry much. I still have a VHS recording of an interview she did with her son in the late 90s. He looked quite a bit like Bobby. She was having a tough time with either food or drugs, not sure. Her son was supporting her. She let it really hang out, she made some embarrassing admissions about her problems. She was hopeful about the future though and really grateful for what her son was doing for her. I believe this was aired on TCM. I'll tell you the truth, now that she's gone, I don't think I could view that interview again. I don't think I could.

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Very touching, Lafitte. Very touching. Dee has that affect on lots of folks. She was wonderful. When I think of her I think of Carol Lynley. Is that wrong?

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>When I think of her I think of Carol Lynley. Is that wrong?

 

Yes, it's wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Who would cry over Carol Lynley? ;)

 

Just to clarify, the reaction---crying---comes not from some maudlin personal longing but rather from seeing her on screen (Sandra) and being who she is and knowing at the same time of her rather early departure from the screen and her subsequent troubles later on. It can all add up if there's a soft spot there to begin with. The same thing can happen with Marilyn; in fact, especially with Marilyn. Who cannot be a little moved when watching her on screen playing out some of her most endearing moments and at the same time be unaware of her off screen predicaments and especially those that led to her untimely demise. I certainly can.

 

Maybe someone should start a thread (but not me) : Who makes you cry?

 

CineMaven, I can't figure out why you ask "Is that wrong?" re Carol Lynley. The short and serious answer, of course, is no. But maybe you're making a joke and I'm not getting it. Wouldn't be the first time. :(

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Thank you for the pictures, MissGoddess. Looking at these, I am thinking that there is no Hollywood couple that affect me like these two do. No two people look like they should be together like these two. Curious about something though; when he died at 37, were they still married? Did they ever break up or divorce? Even if they did, they still look the perfect couple to me.

 

I love the way she looks sitting at the table dressed in blue. Love her hair. So feminine. Women today like their hair stringy and down ... boring.

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> {quote:title=laffite wrote:}{quote}

> Thank you for the pictures, MissGoddess. Looking at these, I am thinking that there is no Hollywood couple that affect me like these two do. No two people look like they should be together like these two. Curious about something though; when he died at 37, were they still married? Did they ever break up or divorce? Even if they did, they still look the perfect couple to me.

 

 

They were divorced in 1967 or 68. He got married again a couple months before he died (in '73). They WERE the perfect couple! But they both had problems (especially Darin), so they got divorced.

 

_I_ believe they still loved each other though!

 

Oh, and have you ever seen pics of Bobby with his toddler son? They were ADORABLE together!

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You are most welcome, Lafitte. I think Sandra adorable and I get

much pleasure watching her films. She's lifted my spirits on more

than one occasion. Like you, I feel very sad to think of her private troubles.

In some of her movies, whenever she has a scene where she has to break

down and cry, I always sensed she wasn't just acting. Underneath all that

sunshine was vulnerability and sadness and it shows. When I was living in

L.A., a friend of mine met her quite by accident---she was showing him an

apartment in a complex she owned. He didn't realize until afterward who she

was. This was in the 1990s.

 

As we remember her:

 

Sandrapups.jpg

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>... with his toddler son?

 

I wonder what he's doing now

 

Thanks for the info about mom and dad

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> {quote:title=laffite wrote:}{quote}

> >... with his toddler son?

>

> I wonder what he's doing now

>

> Thanks for the info about mom and dad

 

For one thing, he wrote a book about his parents:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Lovers-Magnificent-Shattered-Sandra/dp/0446517682/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207786656&sr=1-1

 

I haven't read it but it's supposed to be very sympathetic toward them both.

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Hi MissGoddess,

 

I love those pics! I've been meaning to comment on this thread. I really like all the thoughtful comments on the lovely Sandra Dee. I think the poem Mongo posted is no longer there but I looked it up and it was very touching.

 

She just had the quintessential look of the American girl next door, not that many of us were lucky enough to have someone so sweet and beautiful as a next door neighbor. It's an era I'm just a little too young to remember clearly but in my mind's eye I can see it or at least the end of it. The youngest of eight kids I remember my older siblings inhabiting that world while I simply existed in the background. The old tv in the wall, the big cars, the clothes, and most of all the music on the radio and the 45's played over and over again.

 

I really think a lot of Sandra Dee and love to watch her films. It seems it is very much possible to be nostalgic for an era and miss something you never quite knew.

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Hi Molo! The first reference I ever knew to Sandra Dee was in the movie "Grease", I'm afraid. :P

Then, thanks to TCM and AMC, I got to see her movies, starting with Imitation of Life.

I still think she was great in her confrontation scene with Lana Turner. "Oh, Mother! Stop acting!" lol

 

She does seem to represent a blissful, squeaky clean 1950s ideal. All pastel colors and like

you said, saddle shoes and 45 rpms. And she was my favorite Gidget.

 

Sandra1950s.jpg

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<ahttp://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff214/jeanlaffite/sandraandb.jpg>

 

Here's another ...

 

Bobby has that proud look---faint as it may be---of a man who has something that other men might want. With a honey like that, who can blame him. (Joe always had the look with Marilyn if you look at the photos, but it was always over-the-top with him.) Sandra looks a little plump here, but adorable as usual. I got this from IMBD.

 

I see she has a birthday coming up, April 23. I haven't checked the schedule.

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Oh yes Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee I remember that.

 

Youth is eternal for all Goddesses including you and the lovely Sandra Dee.

 

Having so many older siblings I guess I have cultural references programmed into me far older than my years. It seems I always knew about Sandra Dee and Bobby. I remember when he died because the older ones were talking about it. I seem to remember him being on a television program posthumously and everyone talking about it or something like that.

 

I watched *The Reluctant Debutante* and was simply amazed at her poise for such a young age. Oh, and I loved her in *Imitation of Life*, well heck, I guess I loved her in everything!

 

Hey Laffite,

If you're out there. It's a little late but I really liked your comments and I agree completely.

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