Sally Brophy

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Sally Brophy
Sallie Brophy 1953.jpg
Brophy in 1953.
Born Sally Cullen Brophy
(1928-12-14)December 14, 1928
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Died September 18, 2007(2007-09-18) (aged 78)
Princeton, New Jersey
Spouse(s) George Goodman; 2 children

Sally Cullen Brophy (December 14, 1928 – September 18, 2007) was a Broadway and television actress and college theatre arts professor.

Early years[edit]

Brophy was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was one of seven children.[1] She was active in dramatics at Sacred Heart Convent in Menlo Park, California and attended College of New Rochelle. Additional experience came from her work as a summer apprentice at Westport, Connecticut's Theatre Guild.[2] She studied at the Royal Academy in London, and then pursued a career on Broadway.

Stage[edit]

Brophie's first break came when she worked in Private Lives with Tallulah Bankhead.[1][3] In 1951 she was an understudy in Second Threshold. In 1954–1955, she starred as the grown-up "Wendy" in Peter Pan.[4]

Television[edit]

Brophy played Julie Fielding in Follow Your Heart on NBC-TV in 1953.[2] In 1954, she guest starred on an episode of the CBS crime drama, The Public Defender, starring Reed Hadley. The next year, she appeared in the debut episode of Code 3[5] and in the episodes "In Nebraska" and "The Long Road to Tucson" in the roles of Lucy Miller and Sister Michael, respectively, of NBC's western anthology television series Frontier.

Her other television appearances included the Rod Cameron syndicated series State Trooper and in the Frank Lovejoy 1957–1958 NBC detective series, Meet McGraw.

In 1958, she was cast as co-star in the NBC western series Buckskin, a summer replacement series for The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. Brophy played widow Annie O'Connell, who ran a boarding house in the fictitious "Old West" town of Buckskin, Montana. The other stars were Tom Nolan, as Annie's ten-year-old son Jody, who was the narrator, and Mike Road, as Marshal Tom Sellers. Buckskin ran for thirty-nine episodes from 1958 to 1959. Brophy and Nolan also appeared together in the March 5, 1959, episode of The Ford Show.[6]

After Buckskin, Brophy had several additional guest roles, her last having been in 1965 on Richard Crenna's CBS drama, Slattery's People.

Family[edit]

In 1961, she married George Goodman, an investment manager and financial reporter, who later became a best-selling author and TV personality under the name of "Adam Smith";[7] he survived her. The couple had two children. When Brophy retired from acting, the couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey.

Teaching career[edit]

She joined the faculty of Rider University (then Rider College) in nearby Lawrenceville, where she taught theater arts. She also directed student productions at Princeton University.

Death[edit]

She died in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of seventy-eight of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sallie Brophy". Bowman Gum. 1953. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "She Follows Her Heart" (PDF). Radio-TV Mirror. 41 (1): 14–15. December 1953. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Private Lived". Internet Broadway Databade. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sallie Brophie". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Code 3, Sheriff's Series, Opening Friday on KTTV". Valley News. March 8, 1955. p. 43. Retrieved August 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "The Ford Show Episode Guide". ernieford.com. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Cunniff, John (August 17, 1968). "Tax Breaks For Writers?". Wellsville Daily Reporter. p. 1. Retrieved August 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read