Sandy Duncan was born and raised in Texas and made her theatrical debut in a summer production of The King and I in Dallas at the age of 12. After attending a year of college, she decided to move to New York and pursue a career in entertainment.
Her New York stage career began at the New York City Center, where she appeared as Louise in Agnes DeMille’s production of Carousel followed by The Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow and Life With Father. She then went onto Off-Broadway productions, including Ceremony of Innocence, which earned her the Theater World Award. She finally got her big break in the Broadway musical Canterbury Tales, for which she received her first Tony Award nomination in 1969 as Best Supporting Actress in a musical. Her second Tony Award nomination was for her starring role on the 1971 production of The Boyfriend, for which she received the New York Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Ms. Duncan made her mark in television in her own comedy series, Funny Face, for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination for the 1971-1972 season. She received her second Emmy nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed mini-series Roots, where she ranged from 20 to 70 years old. She made her Los Angeles stage debut in the Mark Taper Forum production of Vanities, for which she received an L.A. Drama Critics nomination.
She had two television specials of her own, Sandy in Disneyland and The Sandy Duncan Special. She also starred as Pinocchio with Danny Kaye, and has distinction of being the very first guest on the Muppet Show.
Ms. Duncan returned to Broadway in 1980 as Peter Pan. Her performance earned her a third Tony nomination as Best Actress in a musical. She went on to star at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in Five, Six, Seven, Eight…..Dance! with her husband, Don Correia. The Correis then went on to star in Tommy tune’s Tony Award winning musical My One And Only. Ms. Duncan, along with Tommy Tune, took that show on a national and international tour. Most recently, on Broadway, Ms. Duncan performed the lead role of Roxie in the hit musical Chicago.
Ms. Duncan made a return to television starring in The Hogan Family and the made-for-television movie, My Boyfriend’s Back, and Miracle on I-880. In addition, she has guest starred on Law and Order, and recently completed work on the new Eric Shaeffer film Never Again.
Ms. Duncan’s voice has played a part in the original My Little Pony, The Fox and The Hound, Rock-A-Doodle and Swan Lake.
Ms. Duncan has also tackled the home video market, as the mother in the original three Barney & The Backyard Gang films to her own exercise video, The Five Minute Workout.
Sandy co-starred in the stage plays Love Letters, South Pacific and I Do! I Do. The Berkshire Theater Festival premiered the play Free Fall, which she both wrote and starred in. Ms. Duncan did a very successful National Tour of “The King & I”, playing the role of Anna and the highly acclaimed production of a new play entitled “A Body Of Water” at the famous Old Globe Theater in San Diego. This past year she starred in “Driving Miss Daisy”.
Sandy has also been performing her show Together with her husband Don Correia and Guy Stroman with symphony orchestras throughout North America. They were featured guest stars on the annual Boston Pops July 4th TV Special on A&E Network. The other orchestras they have performed with include the symphonies in Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Oklahoma Sinfonia, Portland, North Carolina, Baltimore, Columbus Ohio, Salt Lake City and the list goes on.
Miss Duncan currently resides in New York with Don Correia, her husband of 37 years, as do their sons Jeffrey and Michael.