American actress who became a teen idol for her roles in Imitation of Life and Gidget. Her other credits include A Stranger in My Arms, A Summer Place, and Tammy Tell Me True.
She became a professional model at age four. She debuted in 1957's The Snow Queen.
She became known for playing wholesome and innocent girls.
She was married to singer Bobby Darin from 1960 to 1967. The couple had one son, Dodd, in 1961.
She starred in A Summer Place, which featured music written by Max Steiner.