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Jan Sterling

Highest Rated:   100% The Harder They Fall (1956)
Lowest Rated:   25% The High and the Mighty (1954)
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Born into a prosperous New York family, Jan Sterling was educated in private schools before heading to England, where she studied acting with Fay Compton. Billed as Jane Sterling, she made her first Broadway appearance at the age of fifteen; she went on to appear in such major stage offerings as Panama Hattie, Over 21 and Present Laughter. In 1947, she made her movie bow--billed as Jane Darian for the first and last time in her career--in RKO's Tycoon. Seldom cast in passive roles, Sterling was at her best in parts calling for hard-bitten, sometimes hard-boiled determination. In Billy Wilder's searing The Big Carnival (1951), she played Lorraine, the slatternly, opportunistic wife of cave-in victim Richard Benedict, summing up her philosophy of life with the classic line "I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons." In 1954, Jan was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sally McKee, a mail-order bride with a questionable past, in The High and the Mighty. In a prime example of giving one's all to one's art, Sterling submitted to having her eyebrows shaved off for a crucial scene; her brows never grew back, and she was required to pencil them in for the rest of her career. Also in 1954, Sterling travelled to England to play Julia in the first film version of George Orwell's 1984; though her character was a member of "The Anti-Sex League," Sterling was several months pregnant at the time. Having no qualms about shuttling between films and television, she showed up in nearly all the major live anthologies of the 1950s. She was also a panelist on such quiz programs as You're In the Picture (1961) and Made in America (1964). Married twice, Sterling's second husband was actor Paul Douglas. Jan Sterling retired from films in favor of the stage in 1969; she returned before the cameras in 1976 to portray Mrs. Herbert Hoover in the TV miniseries Backstairs at the White House.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet First Monday in October
  • Christine Snow
1981
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House
  • Actor
1979
83% The Incident
  • Muriel Purvis
1967
70% High School Confidential
  • Arlene Williams
1958
No Score Yet 1984
  • Julia
1956
100% The Harder They Fall
  • Beth Willis
1956
No Score Yet Man with the Gun
  • Nelly Bain
1955
No Score Yet Female on the Beach
  • Amy Rawlinson
1955
No Score Yet Women's Prison
  • Brenda Martin
1955
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Sally McKee
1954
No Score Yet The Human Jungle
  • Mary
1954
No Score Yet Split Second
  • Dottie
1953
No Score Yet Pony Express
  • Denny Russell
1953
No Score Yet Sky Full of Moon
  • Dixie Delmar
1952
No Score Yet Flesh and Fury
  • Sonya Barlow
1952
89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)
  • Lorraine Minosa
1951
No Score Yet Rhubarb
  • Polly Sickles
1951
No Score Yet The Mating Season
  • Betsy
1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger
  • Dodie
1951
No Score Yet Mystery Street
  • Vivian Heldon
1950
No Score Yet Caged
  • Smoochie
1950
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Marge Wrighter
1950
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Stella McGuire
1948
No Score Yet Kathy O'
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Laura Colby Ingalls
  • 1976

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