Sally Blane

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Sally Blane
Sally Blane - Motion Picture, May 1932.jpg
Blane in 1932
Born Elizabeth Jane Young
(1910-07-11)July 11, 1910
Salida, Colorado, U.S.
Died August 27, 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 87)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1917–1957
Norman Foster
(m. 1935; died 1976)
Children 2
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.

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.


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.

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.

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).

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]


Blane died in Palm Springs, 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.



  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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