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New York, New York, USA

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Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

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The Guiding Light" (1952) Mildred Foss




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One of Hollywood`s more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, stick-thin 50s actress Jan Sterling who didn`t quite reach the top echelon of stardom but certainly ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy pout and flashy ways in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy. Jan was born Jane Sterling Adriance in Manhattan in 1921 to a well-to-do family. Her mother remarried when Jan was a youngster and the family relocated to Europe where Jan was schooled by private tutors in London and Paris. At 15, the teenager, who by this time possessed a strong British accent, was enrolled in Fay Compton`s dramatic school in London. A strong-minded young lady with a heartfelt passion for acting, she returned to Manhattan to conquer Broadway and by the age of 17 had found her first ingénue role in "Bachelor Born," playing (naturally) a young British lady. Over the next 11 years, she dominated Broadway as proper British ladies while billing herself as Jane Adrian. One of her highlights was working with the legendary Ruth Gordon in 1942 in Ruth`s first play entitled "Over 21." As Billie Dawn in the Chicago company of "Born Yesterday," Jan bowled over the critics and seemed almost a shoo-in to do the 1950 film version but she lost out in the end to Judy Holliday. The ash-blonde broke quickly into films supporting Oscar-winning Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948) in a key, emotional role. To her delight, her docile, ladylike image was finally behind her as she ventured on in movies playing cheap floozies, hard-bitten dames, and lethal schemers. She stood out in such `bad girl` film roles as Caged (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), Flesh and Fury (1952), The Human Jungle (1954), and Female on the Beach (1955), while making a nicer, or at least a more sympathetic impression, in Sky Full of Moon (1952) and The High and the Mighty (1954), which earned her an Oscar nomination. Married and divorced to actor John Merivale in the 1940s, Jan`s career slowed down considerably after the death of her second husband, actor Paul Douglas, in 1959. She refocused on stage and TV but at a slower step. She also involved herself in humanitarian causes. In the 70s, she entered into a strong personal relationship with actor Sam Wanamaker. They never married but stayed together until his death in 1993. Inactive for nearly two decades, Jan made an appearance at the Cinecon Film Festival in Los Angeles in the fall of 2001, still charming audiences at the age of 80. On 26 March 2004, Jan Sterling passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She was 83.

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Jan Sterling Adriance

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Jan Sterling (April 3, 1921 – March 26, 2004) was an American actress of stage, film and television.

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Born Jane Sterling Adriance in New York on April 3, 1921, actress Jan Sterling's wealthy family afforded her a private education. In the late 1930s, Sterling went to England to study acting and quickly secured roles in the London theatre. Sterling married actor John Merivale (who can be seen in Circus of Horrors) in 1941, but by the time she began doing films, the marriage was over and the couple divorced in 1948. That same year, Sterling landed her first significant film role in the 1948 tearjerker Johnny Belinda, as the wife of the man who rapes deaf mute Belinda. Sterling's first film appearance of note came in the 1947 John Wayne film Tycoon, but she was not listed in the credits. After noting her excellent performance in the Warner Bros. film Johnny Belinda the following year, Paramount executives eventually signed Sterling to a long-term contract and began casting her in a string of film-noir thrillers. A woman of culture, ironically she was at her best playing 'B' girls. In 1950, with her film career assured, Sterling married character actor Paul Douglas. In 1955, Jan Sterling won a Golden Globe for her performance in The High and the Mighty (1954; with John Wayne) and was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film. She and husband Paul Douglas welcomed the birth of their son during the same year, but Paul Douglas passed away suddenly in early 1959. Afterward, Sterling's film appearances became fewer and farther between as she concentrated on her stage career and television work. In the early 1970s, Sterling abandoned films and television to act in the legitimate theater, but she returned to the screen again in the late 1970s, acting in a few films and TV movies. Her final theatrically released film was First Monday In October (1981; with Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh). Sterling retired from the screen in the mid 1980s and in her later years suffered failing health. She passed away at the age of 82 on March 26, 2004, after a series of strokes. She was preceded in death by her son, who passed away in 2003.

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