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    • In 1971, Sandy Duncan was nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards including "New Star of the Year - Female" for her appearance in Disney's Million Dollar Duck and "Best Actress, Musical or Comedy" for her appearance in the film version of the Neil Simon play Star Spangled Girl.

    • Sandy Duncan has been a past volunteer for the non-profit organization "RFB&D" (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), having attended their yearly "Record-a-thons", where participants create audio books to make them accessible for the blind, dyslexic, or others with disabilities that hinder their ability to enjoy the texts.

    • Sandy Duncan was a past recipient of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Victory Award, given to individuals who best exemplify exceptional strength and courage in the face of adversity.

    • Sandy Duncan became a popular television spokesperson during the 1970s and 1980s for Nabisco products (now part of Kraft Foods), most notably for "Wheat Thins" crackers.

    • Sandy Duncan graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.

    • In 1999, prior to performing in Houston in the musical Chicago, Sandy Duncan broke her leg and had to be replaced by Ann Reinking.

    • Sandy Duncan is currently married to Tony Award-nominated performer Don Correia, and the couple have two sons.

    • In 1971, the starring role in the CBS television series Funny Face was originally slated to go to actress and singer Melba Moore, but was eventually given to Sandy Duncan.

    • In 1970, the town of Taylorville, Illinois named a street "Sandy Duncan Drive" and Sandy Duncan appeared at the naming ceremony.

    • In 1970, Sandy Duncan was listed as one of the "most promising faces of tomorrow" by "Time Magazine".

    • In 1971, Sandy Duncan discovered that she had a tumor on her optic nerve and after having surgery to remove it, she permanently lost vision in one eye.

    • Sandy Duncan was nominated for 3 Tony Awards including "Best Supporting or Featured Actress in a Musical" in 1969 for Canterbury Tales, "Best Actress in a Musical" in 1971 for The Boyfriend, and "Best Actress in a Musical" in 1980 for Peter Pan.

    • Sandy Duncan made her stage debut in Dallas, TX at age 12 in a production of The King and I.

    • The part of Miss Bliss on Good Morning, Miss Bliss (the first incarnation of Saved by the Bell) was written specifically for Sandy Duncan. However when NBC was having trouble with The Hogan Family, they moved her to that series and Hayley Mills was cast instead.

    • Sandy Duncan also "appeared" as an animated guest star on The New Scooby Doo Comedy Movies. The first season of the show began on September 9, 1972 and was entitled, Scooby Doo meets Sandy Duncan (Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hydes).

  • Quotes

    • Sandy Duncan: (reflecting on her role as Peter Pan) It was a big event in my life. The night Mary Martin (the 1954 Peter Pan) came to see me, that was a big deal.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on supporting theater) I like to encourage any kind of regional theater and support it and be part of it.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on supporting the arts) If you want your community to be on the map and grow, and not just shrivel up, you need to invest in your community.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on her early career) Everyone has their start somewhere. I was in Dallas summer musicals, where they would hire a local ensemble and bring in professionals and stars. It gives you a lift. You get that it's possible to have a career doing this, that the pros are normal people, too.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on her career outlook) I don't have a lot of ambition, to be honest with you. I never have. I take things as they come along and present themselves. I don't have any game plan. I just roll with the punches.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on performance preference) I prefer the stage. Certainly work in television has subsidized my theatre career because it pays so much better than the theatre, but it's not really where my passion is.

    • Sandy Duncan: (about performing in a workshop with her son) There were 15 songs and it was just the two of us on stage, and Jeff was absolutely wonderful. The audience was screaming and standing up. They didn't know that he was really my son.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on her career) I would rather work less and do the things that I really want to do.

    • Sandy Duncan: (about child actors and her son's desire to be one) I knew how they treated kids on a set, and they grow up with a warped sense of reality. They have precocious behavior and won't age properly. They become obnoxious. I didn't want him to be a kid actor. I told him that I could not support him in making that decision at his age. But I did later when he made a more mature decision.

    • Sandy Duncan: (on doing television) I don't want to do television or film but it seems almost a requirement these days to keep yourself visible. People feel that you've died or moved to the Ozarks if they don't see you on TV.