Sally Payne

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Sally Payne
Born (1912-09-05)September 5, 1912
Chicago, Illinois
Died May 8, 1999(1999-05-08) (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) William Telaak (?-1941)
Arthur F. Kelly (1942–1999)

Sally Payne (September 5, 1912 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress. She featured in several B-Westerns in the 1940s.


Payne worked as a model for artists before making her first film, Hollywood Hobbies (1935).[1] She became a leading lady in B films, which were usually westerns. She also played in comedy shorts for RKO Radio Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She is most remembered for playing Calamity Jane in Young Bill Hickok (1940).

Payne's characters were usually the tomboy type, often helping men rather than being dependent on them. She frequently wore men's clothing, carried a weapon, drove stagecoaches and rode horses.[2]

Later years[edit]

After Payne left acting, she ran her own book store[3] and worked as an artist, creating oil paintings for her family and her friends and illustrating a series of children's books.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Payne retired in 1942 after her marriage to Arthur F. Kelly.[1] She had previously been married to William Telaak, a marriage that ended in divorce in 1941.[4]


On May 8, 1999, Payne died in Los Angeles[1] of a stroke at the age of 86.



  1. ^ a b c Lentz, Harris M. III (2000). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786452040. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Loy, R. Philip (2001). Westerns and American Culture, 1930–1955. McFarland. p. 257. ISBN 9780786481156. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Answers Biography of Sally Payne
  4. ^ a b "Sally Payne Kelly; Artist, Actress in '30s and '40s". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. May 13, 1999. p. A 24. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via  open access publication – free to read

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