Sally Blane

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Sally Blane
Sally Blane Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Born Elizabeth Jane Young
(1910-07-11)July 11, 1910
Salida, Colorado
Died August 27, 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 87)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1917–1957
Spouse(s) Norman Foster (m. 1935–76) 2 children
Children Robert Foster

Sally Blane (July 11, 1910 – August 27, 1997) was an American actress. Blane was the sister of actresses Polly Ann and Loretta Young, and half-sister to actor Ricardo Montalbán's wife, actress Georgiana Young. She appeared in over 70 movies.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Elizabeth Jane Young in Salida, Colorado,[1] she had her film debut at the age of seven when she appeared in Sirens of the Sea in 1917. She returned to the film business as an adult in the 1920s, playing small parts in a number of silent films.

Her career continued into the 1930s when Blane appeared in a number of low-budget films, among them Once a Sinner (1930), A Dangerous Affair (1930), Arabian Knights (1931), Annabelle's Affairs (1931), Hello Everybody! (1933),[2] City Limits (1934), Against the Law (1934), The Silver Streak (1934), and This Is the Life (1935). Some of her scenes, including one in Annabelle's Affairs, in which she appeared in skimpy lingerie with Jeanette MacDonald and Joyce Compton, were quite risqué for their day, pre-dating the industry's Hays Code that largely forbade such shots after 1934. The footage from Annabelle's Affairs is considered lost.

Although her appearances tapered off toward the late 1930s, Blane eventually appeared in over 100 films. She appeared onscreen at one time or another with all her sisters, for example with all three in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939). After that, Blane appeared in only four more movies in small supporting roles – Fighting Mad (1939), Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939), La Fuga (1944) and A Bullet for Joey (1955).

Personal life[edit]

Blane married actor and director Norman Foster in October 1935, eight months later in June 1936 they had their first child Gretchen named after her sister Loretta Young.[3] They had two children, Robert and Gretchen.


Sally Blane died in Palm Springs, California on August 27, 1997,[1] of cancer (as did her sisters Polly and Loretta) at the age of 87. Blane is interred in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Blane, Sally (1910–1997)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  2. ^ Medved & Medved, The Hollywood Hall of Shame (1984), p. 69
  3. ^ Lewis, Judy (1994). Uncommon Knowledge. 

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