Sally Blane

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Sally Blane
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Blane in 1932
Born
Elizabeth Jane Young

(1910-07-11)July 11, 1910
DiedAugust 27, 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 87)
OccupationActress
Years active1917–1957
Spouse(s)
Norman Foster
(m. 1935;died 1976)
Children2
Relatives Polly Ann Young (sister)
Loretta Young (sister)
Georgiana Young (half-sister)

Sally Blane (born Elizabeth Jane Young; July 11, 1910 – August 27, 1997) [1] was an American actress. She appeared in over 100 movies.

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Early life

Blane was born in Salida, Colorado. [1] She was the sister of actresses Polly Ann and Loretta Young and the half-sister of actress Georgiana Young.

Salida, Colorado City in Colorado, United States

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Polly Ann Young American actress

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Loretta Young American actress

Loretta Young was an American actress. Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer's Daughter, and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable in 1949. Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards, and was re-run successfully on daytime TV and later in syndication. In the 1980s, Young returned to the small screen and won a Golden Globe for her role in Christmas Eve in 1986.

Career

Blane 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.

<i>Sirens of the Sea</i> (film) 1917 silent film directed by Allen Holubar

Sirens of the Sea is a 1917 American silent fantasy film directed and written by Allen Holubar based upon a screen story by Grace Helen Bailey. Featuring Louise Lovely, it was distributed by the Jewel Productions division of Universal Film Manufacturing Company. It is not known whether the film currently survives.

Silent film Film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system. The term "silent film" is a misnomer, as these films were almost always accompanied by live sounds. During the silent-film era that existed from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, theater organist—or even, in large cities, a small orchestra—would often play music to accompany the films. Pianists and organists would play either from sheet music, or improvisation. Sometimes a person would even narrate the intertitle cards for the audience. Though at the time the technology to synchronize sound with the video did not exist, music was seen as an essential part of the viewing experience.

Her career continued into the 1930s when Blane appeared in several low-budget films, including 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 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.

Once a Sinner is a 1931 American pre-Code romance film directed by Guthrie McClintic and written by George Middleton. The film stars Dorothy Mackaill, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, C. Henry Gordon, Ilka Chase and Sally Blane. The film was released on January 25, 1931, by Fox Film Corporation.

<i>Annabelles Affairs</i> 1931 film by Alfred L. Werker

Annabelle's Affairs is a 1931 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Alfred L. Werker and starring Victor McLaglen, Jeanette MacDonald and Roland Young. The film is based on the play Good Gracious Annabelle by Clare Kummer. It is the only one of MacDonald's films to be considered lost. It was well received by critics, but did not perform well at the box office.

<i>City Limits</i> (1934 film) 1934 film by William Nigh

City Limits is a 1934 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by William Nigh and starring Frank Craven, Sally Blane, Ray Walker and Claude Gillingwater. It was remade in 1941 as Father Steps Out.

Although her appearances began to fade toward the late 1930s, Blane acted 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 this, 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).

<i>The Story of Alexander Graham Bell</i> 1939 film by Irving Cummings

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell is a somewhat fictionalized 1939 biographical film of the famous inventor. It was filmed in black-and-white and released by Twentieth Century-Fox. The film stars Don Ameche as Bell and Loretta Young as Mabel, his wife, who contracted scarlet fever at an early age and became deaf.

<i>Charlie Chan at Treasure Island</i> 1939 film by Norman Foster

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is a 1939 American film directed by Norman Foster, starring Sidney Toler as the fictional Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan, that takes place on Treasure Island during San Francisco's Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-940).

<i>A Bullet for Joey</i> 1955 film by Lewis Allen

A Bullet for Joey is a 1955 film noir directed by Lewis Allen and starring Edward G. Robinson and George Raft.| The picture involves a gangster who sneaks into Canada to kidnap a scientist for the communists. The supporting cast features Audrey Totter, Peter Van Eyck, George Dolenz, and Peter Hansen.

Personal life

Blane, at one time romantically linked to singer Russ Columbo, married actor and director Norman Foster in October 1935. In June 1936, they had their first child, Gretchen, named after her sister Loretta Young. [3] They also had a son named Robert. Blane was Catholic and was educated in convent school. [4]

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Norman Foster (director) American film director and actor

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Death

Blane died at her home near Beverly Hills, California, on August 27, 1997, of cancer (as did her sisters Polly, who died seven months prior, and Loretta) at the age of 87. Blane is interred in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

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  4. Spicer, Chrystopher J. (15 January 2002). "Clark Gable: Biography, Filmography, Bibliography". McFarland via Google Books.