Sandy Duncan Biography
Sun Sign: Pisces
Also Known As: Sandra Kay Sandy Duncan, Sandra Kay Duncan
Born in: Henderson, Texas
Famous as: Singer
Spouse/Ex-: Don Correia (m. 1980), Bruce Scott (m. 1968 – div. 1972), Thomas Calcaterra (m. 1973 – div. 1979)
father: Mancil Ray Duncan
mother: Sylvia Wynne Duncan
children: Jeffrey Correia, Michael Correia
U.S. State: Texas
Sandra Kay "Sandy" Duncan is an American film, television, and theatre actress. She gained prominence for portraying the titular character in the 1979 Broadway revival of ‘Peter Pan’ and Sandy Hogan in NBC sitcom ‘Valerie’ or ‘The Hogan Family’. A Texas native, Duncan began her career in the entertainment industry when she was 12 years old. She later moved to New York and played Wendy in a production of ‘Peter Pan’. In the ensuing years, she established herself as one of the most prominent triple-threat performers (singer/dancer/actress) on Broadway. In 1964, she made her screen debut in CBS’ soap opera ‘Search for Tomorrow’. Five years later, she debuted on the big screen in ‘Midnight Cowboy’. Over the course of her six-decade-long career, Duncan has been nominated for Tony Awards three times, Emmy Awards twice, and Golden Globe Awards twice. Distinguished by her strawberry blond hair, perky personality, and inherent charm, she has appeared in over 40 stage productions; more than 20 TV shows, videos, movies, and miniseries; and about 16 feature films and shorts.
- Born on February 20, 1946, in Henderson, Texas, Sandy Duncan is one of the two daughters of Sylvia and Mancil Ray Duncan. Her father owned a gas station. Her sister’s name is Robyn. They reportedly grew up in Tyler, Texas, near Henderson.
- She was a tomboy even as a child and had aspirations of becoming an actress. She took dance lessons and portrayed various roles in local productions of ‘The King and I’ and ‘The Music Man’. She is a Lon Morris Junior College (Texas) alumni.
- Sandy Duncan came to New York and played the role of Wendy in the 1966 production of ‘Peter Pan’. In the following years, she has appeared in the productions of ‘The Sound of Music’ (1967), ‘Canterbury Tales’ (1969), ‘Chicago’ (1996-97), ‘The King and I’ (2004), and ‘The Glass Menagerie’ (2009). In 2018, she starred in a production of A. R. Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’.
- She made her big screen debut in 1969 in the buddy drama film ‘Midnight Cowboy’. Her performance was uncredited in the film. However, she did garner some recognition with her portrayal of Katie Dooley on ‘The Million Dollar Duck’ (1971).
- In 1981, she lent her voice to Vixey in Disney’s animated drama ‘The Fox and the Hound’. Her last cinematic appearance was in the 2001 comedy ‘Never Again’.
- Duncan portrayed the single, independent-minded Sandy Stockton in two shows, ‘Funny Face’ (1971) and ‘The Sandy Duncan Show’ (1972) and received an Emmy nomination for the former show. In 1977, she earned her second Emmy nomination for playing Missy Anne Reynolds in the miniseries ‘Roots’.
- She has made several appearances in various shows of the ‘Law & Order’ TV franchise. In 1995, she played Michelle 'Shelly' Kates in an episode of ‘Law & Order’. She has also portrayed the recurring character Judge Virginia Farrell in two episodes of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2014-15).
- In the 1979 Broadway revival of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play ‘Peter Pan’, Sandy Duncan portrayed the titular character. The production also starred George Rose as Captain Hook and Marsha Kramer as Wendy Darling. For her performance, Duncan was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, as well as the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
- In 1987, Duncan replaced Valerie Harper on her self-titled show after its second season, which was then renamed as ‘The Hogan Family’. She played Sandy Hogan, the new female head of the Hogan household following the death of Harper’s character. The series lasted for another four seasons before it was cancelled in 1991.
- Sandy Duncan has been married three times. Her first husband is singer-actor Bruce Scott, to whom she was married from September 5, 1968, to 1972. On January 10, 1973, she exchanged wedding vows with Dr Thomas Calcaterra, a renowned surgeon. Their marriage lasted until 1979.
- She and her third and current husband, actor, dancer, and choreographer Don Correia married on July 21, 1980. Duncan gave birth to their oldest son, Jeffrey, on October 5, 1982. Their youngest son, Michael, was born on March 19, 1984. The couple presently resides in New York.
- While Duncan was starring as the series protagonist in ‘Funny Face’ (1971), she started having bouts of severe headaches. A tumour was subsequently found in her optic nerve. The doctors were able to save her left eye but she lost vision in it.
- However, her left eye still followed the movement of the right eye. Thus, she and her doctors decided against removing it. Hence, the urban myth that claims that she has a prosthetic eye is false.
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