Sally Eilers

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Sally Eilers
Sally Eilers in Pursuit trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Pursuit (1935)
Born (1908-12-11)December 11, 1908
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died January 5, 1978(1978-01-05) (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1950
Spouse(s) Hoot Gibson (1930–1933)
Harry Joe Brown (1933–1943); 1 child
Howard Barney (1943–1946)
Hollingsworth Morse (1949–1958)
Children Harry Joe Brown Jr. (1934-2006)[1]

Sally Eilers (December 11, 1908 – January 5, 1978) was an American actress.


Early life[edit]

Dorothea Sally Eilers was born in New York City to a Jewish-American mother, Paula or Pauline Schoenberger, and a German-American father, Hio Peter Eilers (an inventor).[2][3] She had one sibling, a brother, Hio Peter Eilers Jr.

She was educated in Los Angeles and went into films because so many of her friends were in pictures. She studied for the stage, specializing in dancing. Her first try was a failure, so she tried typing, but then went back into pictures and succeeded.[citation needed]


She made her film debut in 1927 in The Red Mill, directed by Roscoe Arbuckle. After several minor roles as an extra, she found work with Mack Sennett, perhaps as one of his Sennett Bathing Beauties, in several comedy short subjects, along with Carole Lombard, who had been a school friend. In 1928, she was voted as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, a yearly list of young actresses nominated by exhibitors based on their box-office appeal.

Eilers was a popular figure in early-1930s Hollywood, known for her high spirits and vivacity. Her films were mostly comedies and crime melodramas such as Quick Millions (1931) with Spencer Tracy and George Raft. She was married for a short time to Hoot Gibson, though the marriage ended in divorce in 1933. By the end of the decade, her popularity had waned, and her subsequent film appearances were few. She made her final film appearance in 1950.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She was married four times and had, with her second husband, Harry Joe Brown, one child, a son, Harry Joe Brown Jr. (1934-2006). She lived in a mansion in Beverly Hills, California[4] designed by architect Paul R. Williams.[4]


During her final years, Eilers suffered poor health, and died from a heart attack on January 5, 1978, in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 69. She was cremated and her remains were interred in a small niche in the Freedom Mausoleum, Columbarium of Understanding, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Parish, J.R.; Leonard, W.T. (1976). Hollywood Players: The Thirties. Arlington House. ISBN 9780870003653. Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Pauline "Paula" Schoenberger Eilers (1875 - 1952)". Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  4. ^ a b Victoria Talbot, 'Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission Splits 2 To 2 on Mountain Drive Landmark Vote', The Beverly Hills Courier, October 03, 2014, Vol. XXXXVIIII, No. 39, p. 4
  5. ^ Sally Eilers at Find a Grave

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