In a comparison of birth charts for famous couples, it is important to know the exact birth time. What is more difficult is when the year of birth is disputed. This is the case with Sandra Dee, the actress known for her role in the Gidget series created in the late 1950s.
There has been some dispute as to Dee’s actual birth year, with evidence pointing to both 1942 and 1944. Legal records, including her California divorce record from Bobby Darin, as well as the Social Security Death Index and her own gravestone all give her year of birth as 1942. In a 1967 interview with the Oxnard Press-Courier, she acknowledged being 18 in 1960 when she first met Bobby Darin, and the couple wed three months later. According to her son’s book, Dee was born in 1944, but, having begun modelling and acting at a very young age, she and her mother falsely inflated her age by two years so she could find more work. According to this version, this explains why 1942 was listed as her birth year in official studio press releases. It does not however explain why her gravestone, which had to have been commissioned by her son, her only child and sole immediate survivor, gives 1942 as her year of birth.
In the chart comparison here, 1942 is used for the reason that one of the possible charts had to be chosen. There are very interesting connections however with planets between their charts using the 1944 birth year. And those are special for revealing a promise of a loving tie between the couple where the 1942 date is lacking. The charts shown are simply a peek into the possibilities of shared potentials, leaving the reader to decide which chart for Dee make sense and which does not.
The two charts below show the couple with the September 1960 Progressions when they met and married. The Progressions of each native are in the outer wheel.
Dee’s chart in the center left wheel is calculated for 1942. She does not have Progressions in 1960 making aspects to her own natal chart. Her Progressed Moon does make a Sextile to Darin’s natal Mercury (shown with the green line) and her Progressed Saturn Conjuncts his natal Mars (shown with the red circle). This indicates that she indeed “turned him on” but as the story goes, was shy and reserved for sometime before acquiescing.
Darin’s chart in the center wheel on the right, shows his Progressed Moon in September 1960, making a Trine to his natal Neptune in the 5th house. This is the start of a movie career which Neptune well exemplifies by its placement in the 5th house of entertainment. At the same time, Darin’s Progressed Moon makes a Sextile to Dee’s natal Venus – the “sign” of a lovely entrance into a rewarding relationship.
Dee’s possible 1944 birth chart, in contest with that of the 1942 birth year, has the awesome promise of a Conjunction of her natal Moon with Darin’s natal Venus, shown by the short purple line on the left. That is a powerful potential for attraction and a blissful connection. There is also the Natal Jupiter on Darin’s part making an Opposition to Dee’s Saturn. Saturn again is activated to reveal the hesitancy she expressed in the relationship’s beginnings, but also tells of her long-standing dedication to Darin in marriage and after his early passing. Dee never remarried, and that is testimony of the deep and abiding love that remained in her heart although they divorced in 1967 when Darin’s Progressed Mars Opposed his natal Jupiter in the 8th house of share resources.
Sandra Dee was known for her retiring early, a dependence on alcohol, and with an inability for drawing herself out into the public. This makes sense in the chart for 1944, with its lack of Opposition aspects and the presence of a Retrograde Mercury – both indicators of potentials for brooding, introversion and withdrawal. Neptune off by itself in the 6th house of possible health issues, and difficulties with adjusting in society, is another indication of the validity of the 1944 chart. But you decide . . .