Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Jan Sterling Biography (1923-)
Born Jane Sterling Adriance, April 3, 1923, in New York, NY; daughter of William Allen Adriance; married John Merivale (divorced); married Paul Douglas (an actor), May 12, 1950 (died, 1959); children: one son.
- Birth Details
- April 3, 1923
- New York, New York, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--(As Jane Sterling) Chris Faringdon, Bachelor Born, Morosco Theatre, 1938.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- (As Jane Sterling) Nancy Holmes, When We Are Married, Lyceum Theatre, NewYork City, 1939.
- (as Jane Sterling) Judith Weaver, Grey Farm, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- (as Jane Sterling) Florrie, Panama Hattie, 46th Street Theatre, New YorkCity, 1941.
- (as Jane Sterling) Margaret Stanley, This Rock, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1943.
- (as Jane Sterling) Jan Lupton, Over 21, Music Box Theatre, New York City,1944.
- Edith Bowsmith, The Rugged Path, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- Zelda Rainier, Dunnigan's Daughter, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- Janet Alexander, This, Too, Shall Pass, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- Daphne Stillington, Present Laughter, Plymouth Theatre, 1946.
- Karen Norwood, Two Blind Mice, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday, Lyceum Theatre, 1949.
- Mary Murray, Small War on Murray Hill, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New YorkCity, 1957.
- Ann, The Perfect Setup, Cort Theatre, 1962.
- Madelaine Robbins, Once for the Asking, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Terry, "The River," and Mary, "Mary Agnes Is Thirty-Five," in Friday Night (double-bill), Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1965.
- Mollie Malloy, The Front Page, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1970.
- Lola, Come Back, Little Sheba, Queens Playhouse, Flushing, NY, then Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, both 1974.
- Mary, The November People, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1978.
- Also appeared in The Three Sisters, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1942; The Spider's Web, Chicago, IL, 1958; with the New Theatre for Now Workshop, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA, 1969; and in Hot l Baltimore, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1975.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday, U.S. cities, 1947.
- Mary, John Loves Mary, U.S. cities, 1948.
- Nell Nash, The Gazebo, U.S. cities, 1959.
- Sophie, Baroness Lemberg, White Lies, and Clea, Black Comedy, both U.S. cities, 1969.
- Also in Butterflies Are Free, U.S. cities, 1971-72.
- FILM DEBUT--Stella McGuire, Johnny Belinda, Warner Brothers, 1948.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Smoochie, Caged, Warner Brothers, 1950.
- Vivian Heldon, Mystery Street, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1950.
- Rita Rossini, The Skipper Surprised His Wife, MGM, 1950.
- Marge Wrighter, Union Station, Paramount, 1950.
- Dodie, Appointment with Danger, Paramount, 1951.
- Lorraine, The Big Carnival (also known as Ace in the Hole and The Human Interest Story), Paramount, 1951.
- Betsy, The Mating Season, Paramount, 1951.
- Polly Sickles, Rhubarb, Paramount, 1951.
- Sonya Baratow, Flesh and Fury, Universal, 1952.
- Dixie Delmar, Sky Full of Moon, MGM, 1952.
- Denny, Pony Express, Paramount, 1953.
- Dottie, Split Second, RKO, 1953.
- Rose Slater, The Vanquished, Paramount, 1953.
- Nicky, Alaska Seas, Paramount, 1954.
- Sally McKee, The High and the Mighty, Warner Brothers, 1954.
- Mary, The Human Jungle, Allied Artists, 1954.
- Frieda, Return from the Sea, Allied Artists, 1954.
- Amy Rawlinson, Female on the Beach, Universal, 1955.
- Nelly Bain, Man with the Gun (also known as The Trouble Shooter and Man without a Gun), United Artists, 1955.
- Brenda Martin, Women's Prison, Columbia, 1955.
- Beth Willis, The Harder They Fall, Columbia, 1956.
- Julia, 1984, Columbia, 1956.
- Madge Pitts, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Universal, 1957.
- Lily Frayne, The Female Animal, Universal, 1958.
- Arlene Williams, High School Confidential (also known as The Young Hellions), MGM, 1958.
- Celeste Saunders, Kathy O, Universal, 1958.
- Sandra Slide, Love in a Goldfish Bowl, Paramount, 1961.
- Muriel Purvis, The Incident, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
- Gloria Patton, The Angry Breed, Commonwealth United, 1969.
- Louise Baxter, The Minx, Cambist, 1969.
- Christine Snow, First Monday in October, Paramount, 1981.
- Also appeared in Sammy Somebody, 1976.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Title role, Publicity Girl, syndicated, 1956.
- panelist, You're in the Picture, CBS, 1961.
- panelist, Made in America, CBS, 1964.
- Also The Guiding Light, CBS, 1969-70.
- MINI-SERIES Lou Hoover, Backstairs at the White House, NBC, 1979.
- Selena Royce, Luxury Liner (broadcast as an episode of The Dick Powell Show), NBC, 1963.
- Gloria Miles, At Your Service, CBS, 1964.
- Mrs. Fontreil, Having Babies, ABC, 1976.
- Barbara Howland, Baby Boom, NBC, 1988.
- Also "The Book Overdue," Medallion Theatre, CBS, 1954; "Trip around the Block," Ford Theatre, NBC, 1954; Rheingold Theatre, NBC, 1955; Lux Video Theatre, NBC, 1956 and 1957; "Requiem for a Heavyweight," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1956;Climax!, CBS, 1956 and 1957; "Clipper Ship," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957; KraftTheatre, NBC, 1958; Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1958 and 1962; Wagon Train, NBC, 1959 and 1961; Alcoa Theatre, NBC, 1960; The Untouchables, ABC, 1960;Bonanza, NBC, 1960; General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1960; Naked City, ABC, 1961; The Dick Powell Theatre, NBC, 1961; Burke's Law, ABC, 1963 and 1965; Mannix, CBS, 1968; The Name of the Game, NBC, 1969; Medical Center, CBS, 1971; also "Stand-In for Murder," Lux Playhouse, CBS.
- Letty Fairlain, My Kidnapper, My Love, NBC, 1980.
- Ray's mother, Dangerous Company, CBS, 1982.
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