Sara Shane

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Sara Shane
Sara Shane Perry Mason 1961.jpg
Sara Shane in 1961
Born Elaine Sterling
(1928-05-18) May 18, 1928 (age 87)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1948-1964
Spouse(s) William I. Hollingsworth, Jr. (1949-1957) (divorced) (1 child)

Sara Shane was the stage name of Elaine Hollingsworth (née Sterling) (born May 18, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri), an actress in film and television in the 1950s and early 1960s.


Sterling became a model at age 14 and later secured a film contract with MGM. She was featured in a few musicals using her real name, then in 1953 hired publicist Russell Birdwell, and began using the name Sara Shane. She secured a seven-year contract with Universal International pictures (UI), but after two films took a sabbatical, which at the time was predicted as likely being brief.[1] She returned to film and television work in 1955, most notably in the Clark Gable film The King and Four Queens. Her last film, 1959’s Tarzan's Greatest Adventure, in which she portrayed Angie,[2] is considered her most memorable performance. She continued in television through 1964. Among her television appearances, she played the role of defendant Alyce Aitken in the 1961 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Envious Editor." Elaine married William Hollingsworth in 1949. They divorced in 1957.

She left acting in 1964 to go into business. She is currently the Director of the Hippocrates Health Centre in Queensland, Australia and an author.[3]

In 1974, she published a "nonfiction novel", Zulma, about a Mexican pre-op trans woman's experiences in the La Mesa Prison, based on her visit to the prison and her meeting with a trans woman named Zulma.[4]

In 2000, she published Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry (ISBN 978-0646402970).

"One Answer to Cancer" (2008) is a DVD documentary written and produced by Elaine Hollingsworth It is co-presented by Elaine and a well-known Australian actor, Tony Barry, who is also the narrator. The first half of the "One Answer to Cancer" DVD is about the alleged dangers of the pharmaceutical drug Aldara. The rest of the movie promotes the dangerous and controversial alternative cancer treatment, Black Salve; including detailed instructions on how to make it and apply it yourself. The product is commonly classified as an escharotic— that is, a topical paste which burns and destroys skin tissue and leaves behind a thick, black scar called an eschar.[5] Cansema is listed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as one of 187 fake cancer cures.[6] Sale and manufacture of these products is prohibited in many countries. [7]


  1. ^ "Two Careers Take a Turn", Life, September 6, 1954: 51, 54, retrieved 18 August 2010 
  2. ^ Blum, Daniel (1960), "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure", Daniel Blum's Screen World 11, New York: Biblo & Tannen, p. 66, retrieved 18 August 2010 
  3. ^ Hollingsworth's website
  4. ^ Zulma, Elaine Hollingsworth. (New York) Warner Books, 1974 ISBN 0-446-78361-7
  5. ^ Jellinek N, Maloney ME (September 2005). "Escharotic and other botanical agents for the treatment of skin cancer: a review". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 53 (3): 487–95. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2005.04.090. PMID 16112359. 
  6. ^ "187 Fake Cancer "Cures" Consumers Should Avoid". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. July 7, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ Diluted Thinking Blog

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