Sandy was born in Melbourne, Australia. She began her professional career as a dancer withMelbourne’s Lido theatre restaurant where she remained for three years.
From there, Malcolm Robertson cast her in a season of one act plays in which she playedNatalya in Chekhov’s “The Proposal”. Back in Melbourne she performed again with Malcolm in two plays by Australian Kris Hennersly at La Mama Theatre.
After many roles at Melbourne’s St Martins Theatre it was up to Sydney to the Independent Theatre where she was cast as a black Jamaican maid in Simon Gray’s “Wise Child”. These were the years of Australia’s infamous White Australia Policy. 1898 Australasian Federation Convention Debates. ”It is of no use to shut our eyes to the fact that there is a great feeling all over Australia against the introduction of colored persons. It goes without saying that we do not like to talk about it, but it is so”.
At Sydney’s Playbox theatre she was Fiona in the first production of David Williamson’s “The Removalists’’ directed by John Bell.
Amongst many shows at Nimrod St Theatre she was in the cast of Bob Ellis’s musical play “The Legend of King O’Malley” which toured NZ and the Pacific.
Bill Gaskill of the Royal Shakespeare Company cast her in his production of ‘’ Love’s Labour’s Lost’’at the Opera House. The Sydney Morning Herald critic Kevon Kemp quoted him as saying “my biggest surprise in coming to Australia was Sandy MacGregor, the work comes flowing out of her”.
Sandy appeared with the South Australian Theatre Co. in a number of productions including David Williamson’s ‘“A Handful of Friends” with Grahame Bond.
In 1976, for strictly personal reasons, she left Australia to live in the US.
In LA she studied for years with the late great acting coach and teacher Peggy Feury. Sandy became part of the LA theatre scene, which included her performing in a season of plays directed by John Cassavetes.
Her performance as Chrissy in David Rabes ‘’Boom Boom Room’’ was highly praised by LA theatre critics, back in Melbourne,Sandy wrote and performed her play ’Shit Happens’’ directed by Malcolm Robertson, as part of La Mama.s 2015 Exploration Season
Sandy is divorced with a black and white cat called Max