Sally Phipps

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Sally Phipps
Born Nellie Bernice Bogdon
(1911-05-25)May 25, 1911
Oakland, California, U.S.
Died March 17, 1978(1978-03-17) (aged 66)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names Byrnece Beautler
Bernice Sawyer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1915–1929
Spouse(s) Benedict Gimbel, Jr (m. 1931–35)
Alfred Marion Harned (m. 1941–56)

Sally Phipps (May 25, 1911 – March 17, 1978) was an American actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Nellie Bernice Bogdon in Oakland, California, Phipps was a 1927 WAMPAS Baby Star who was discovered by Frank Borzage in Los Angeles, California. She had just completed high school when she began making films. Her first role in motion pictures was in Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926). Soon she completed appearances in both Girls (1927) and Love Makes 'Em Wild (1927). In Gentlemen Prefer Scotch (1927) Phipps played a charmer in a Fox Film comedy.

In August 1927 she signed a five-year contract with Sol M. Wurtzel. Wurtzel was personal secretary to William Fox. Fox sent Wurtzel to supervise West Coast productions for his studio in 1917. Phipps' Fox Film October 1927 contract stipulated she was bound to the studio for a period of five years. She would be paid a starting wage of $125 which would rise to $600 a week for the last six months before expiration.

Phipps was the lead for Fox's production of None but the Brave and The News Parade (both 1928). Her co-star for the former film was Charles Morton and the latter was Nick Stuart. The News Parade is about the life of a news cameraman and the daughter of a camera-shy millionaire. The motion picture was filmed in New York. A 1927 review of Phipps in Love Makes 'Em Wild complimented her skill as a performer. It said:

Miss Phipps is one of the most charming actresses we have had the privilege of seeing in many a day. She has a personality which is distinctly individual, to say the least, and flirts across the silver sheet with a grace which would become an actress of many more years experience.

Her last screen credit was in the 1929 film Detectives Wanted.


Sally Phipps died in Brooklyn, New York on March 17, 1978, at the age of 66.


  • Appleton Post-Crescent, "Comedy Galore In Fox Film At Bijou", Wednesday Evening, May 24, 1927, Page 11.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Players Will Aid Exhibit", April 28, 1927, Page A8.
  • Los Angeles Times, "New Comedy Recruits", July 17, 1927, Page J4.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Girls Sign Pledge To Keep Thin", October 12, 1927, Page A1.

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