~Sally Blane~

Born: July 11, 1910 in Salida, Colorado, USA
Died: August 27, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Throughout her career, American actress Sally Blane would be noted less for her acting
achievements than for the fact that she was the older sister of film star Loretta Young. It couldn't
be helped; not only did Sally look just like Loretta (albeit with lighter hair), she tended to play the
same type of roles.Blane was one of four children born to a Salt Lake City railroad auditor and his
wife. Her real name was Elizabeth Jane Young: she had two sisters, Polly Ann and Loretta, and a
brother named John Royal (her youngest sister Georgiana was born in 1920, after her mother had
remarried). When her parents separated, Elizabeth Jane's mother took the children to live with her
married sister in Hollywood. The four Young children were quite photogenic, and had no trouble
securing $3.50 per day extra work in the movies. After convent school, Elizabeth Jane resumed her
film work under the studio-imposed name of Sally Blane; she appeared as leading lady in The
Collegians, a series of youth-oriented two reel comedies. In 1929, Sally and sister Loretta were
among the "Wampas Baby Stars," a group of promising young actresses promoted for publicity
purposes by the Western Association of Motion Pictures Advertisers. Loretta was dedicated to
becoming a full-fledged star, but Sally lost interest in pursuing fame early on, settling instead for
the life of a freelance working actress. Occasionally she'd attain the lead in an upper-echelon
picture like Advice for the Lovelorn (1933) or The Silver Streak (1934), but for the most part she was
content to appear in less demanding low-budget westerns and crime melodramas. In 1935, Blane
married actor/director Norman Foster and virtually retired to raise a family. In 1939, Loretta Young
insisted that all her sisters appear as her fictional sisters in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell;
thus, for the only time in her adult career, Sally costarred with Loretta, Polly Ann and Georgianna
Young (it would be Georgianna's only movie appearance; expressing no interest at all in
performing, she married actor Ricardo Montalban and settled for the "career" of Hollywood wife).
After Bell, Sally Blane concluded her starring career, though her husband was occasionally able to
coax her back before the cameras in small supporting roles.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
The Show of Shows (1929) .... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Eyes of the Underworld (1929) .... Florence Hueston
Wolves of the City (1929) .... Helen Marsh
Outlawed (1929) .... Anne
King Cowboy (1928) .... Polly Randall
The Vanishing Pioneer (1928) .... June Shelby
Fools for Luck (1928) .... Louise Hunter
A Horseman of the Plains (1928) .... Dawn O'Day
Her Summer Hero (1928) .... Grave
Dead Man's Curve (1928) .... Ethel Hume
Wife Savers (1928) .... Colette
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio (1927) .... Herself
Shootin' Irons (1927) .... Lucy Blake
Rolled Stockings (1927) (uncredited)
Casey at the Bat (1927) .... Floradora Girl
Flashing Oars (1927) (uncredited) .... Betty Jane
The Relay (1927) (uncredited) .... Betty Jane
Around the Bases (1927) (uncredited) .... Betty Jane
The Last Lap (1926) (uncredited) .... Betty Jane
The Sheik (1921) (uncredited) .... Arab child

Sirens of the Sea (1917) (as Elizabeth Jane Young) .... Child
... aka Darlings of the Gods (UK)
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