Splendor in the Grass (1961): Remake; Recycling; Impact


In 1981, Splendor in the Grass was re-made as a TV movie, Splendor in the Grass, starring Melissa Gilbert, Cyril O’Reilly, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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The movie and main character inspired a hit song by Shaun Cassidy, “Hey Deanie.” It was written by Eric Carmen, who later recorded the song. Cassidy’s rendition reached No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1978.

“Hey Deanie” was the second song inspired by the movie, the first being Jackie DeShannon’s song, “Splendor in the Grass,” in 1966.


In 1973 Judy Blume published a young adult novel entitled “Deenie.”

In the first few lines of the book, the central character introduces herself and explains that shortly before she was born her mother saw a movie about a beautiful girl named Wilmadeene whom everybody called Deenie for short, and that the first time that she held her baby daughter she knew the baby would turn out beautiful and so named her Deenie too.

Blume’s Deenie later explains that it took her almost 13 years to find out that the girl in the movie went crazy and “ended up on the funny farm,” and that her mother advised her to forget that part of the story.