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Jan Sterling (I) (1921–2004)


One of Hollywood's more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, strikingly 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 style in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy. Jan was born Jane Sterling Adriance in Manhattan in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

Known For

Guiding Light
Guiding Light Mildred Foss (1969-1970)
(1952)
Ace in the Hole
Ace in the Hole Lorraine Minosa
(1951)
The Harder They Fall
The Harder They Fall Beth Willis
(1956)
The High and the Mighty
(1954)

Filmography

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 1988 Baby Boom (TV Series)
Barbara
- Christmas '88 (1988) ... Barbara
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Ruth Davis
- Fuzzy Vision (1985) ... Ruth Davis
 1982 Dangerous Company (TV Movie)
Ray's Mother
 1981 First Monday in October
Christine Snow
 1981 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Stella Verdugo
- Interview with the Hulk (1981) ... Stella Verdugo
 1980 My Kidnapper, My Love (TV Movie)
Geegee's Mother
 1980 Three's Company (TV Series)
Judge Sheffield
- And Justice for Jack (1980) ... Judge Sheffield
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Lou Hoover
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Mrs. Lou Hoover (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Mrs. Lou Hoover
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Mrs. Lou Hoover
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Mrs. Lou Hoover (credit only)
 1976 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Laura Colby Ingalls
- Journey in the Spring: Part 1 (1976) ... Laura Colby Ingalls
 1976 Having Babies (TV Movie)
Mrs. Fontreil
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mary Jenkins
- This Valley of Terror (1974) ... Mary Jenkins
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Mary Beth Stanton
- Jump-Up (1971) ... Mary Beth Stanton
 1971 Medical Center (TV Series)
Florence Brent
- Crossroads (1971) ... Florence Brent
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Harriett Moran
- Money Men (1970) ... Harriett Moran
 1969 The Minx
Louise Baxter
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Elsa Roarke
- Goodbye Harry (1969) ... Elsa Roarke
 1968 The Angry Breed
Gloria Patton
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Anne Marion
- Falling Star (1968) ... Anne Marion
 1967 The Incident
Muriel Purvis
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Sarah Meagen
- Eleven Miles to Eden (1967) ... Sarah Meagen
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Clara Mallory
- The Cruel Fountain (1966) ... Clara Mallory
 1963-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Vera Selby / Devora Cato
- Who Killed the Jackpot? (1965) ... Vera Selby
- Who Killed Alex Debbs? (1963) ... Devora Cato
 1964 American in Paris (TV Movie)
Gloria Miles
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Claire Lucas
- Where Park Runs into Vreeland (1964) ... Claire Lucas
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Nurse Murdoch
- Millions of Faces (1963) ... Nurse Murdoch
 1961-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Selena Royce / Chris
- Luxury Liner (1963) ... Selena Royce
- Doyle Against the House (1961) ... Chris
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Beatrice Bartel
- The Tender Poisoner (1962) ... Beatrice Bartel
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Guest Cast
- In Close Pursuit (1962) ... Guest Cast
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Myrtle Tiloff
- The Tragic Success of Alfred Tiloff (1961) ... Myrtle Tiloff
 1961 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Shelia Bradford
- Stop Johnny King! (1961) ... Shelia Bradford
 1959-1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Selena Hartnell / Annie Griffith
- The Selena Hartnell Story (1961) ... Selena Hartnell
- The Annie Griffith Story (1959) ... Annie Griffith
 1961 Love in a Goldfish Bowl
Sandra Slide
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Topaz Harmony
- Errand of Mercy (1961) ... Topaz Harmony
 1958-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Wanda Ferlini / Fran Holland
- The Last Escape (1961) ... Wanda Ferlini
- On the Nose (1958) ... Fran Holland
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Dianne Jordan
- The Blood Line (1960) ... Dianne Jordan
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Francie McKay
- Kiss of Death Girl (1960) ... Francie McKay
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Gloria Miles
- At Your Service (1960) ... Gloria Miles
 1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Mary Cartwright
- Chinese Finale (1960) ... Dr. Mary Cartwright
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Lorna Langton
- Strange Request (1959) ... Lorna Langton
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Alice Vincent
- Stand-In for Murder (1959) ... Alice Vincent
 1958 Kathy O'
Celeste Saunders
 1958 High School Confidential!
Arlene Williams
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Martha
- A Guilty Woman (1958) ... Martha
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Jackie
- Run, Joe, Run (1958) ... Jackie
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Georgiana
- Comfort for the Grave (1958) ... Georgiana
 1958 The Female Animal
Lily Frayne
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
Allison Smith
- The House at Malibu (1958) ... Allison Smith
 1956-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Audrey Caldwell / Dinah Lake
- Mask for the Devil (1957) ... Audrey Caldwell
- The Shadow of Evil (1956) ... Dinah Lake
 1957 Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Madge Pitts
 1957 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Lucia
- Rummage Sale (1957) ... Lucia
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Helen Ott
- Clipper Ship (1957) ... Helen Ott
 1955-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Maggie / Mary Ford / Julia / ...
- The Great Lie (1957) ... Maggie
- Rebuke Me Not (1956) ... Mary Ford
- She Married Her Boss (1956) ... Julia
- The Unfaithful (1956) ... Chris Hunter
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Brenda Stevens
- Whereabouts Unknown (1957) ... Brenda Stevens
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Lil Brown
- I'll Make the Arrest (1956) ... Lil Brown
- The Go-Between (1956)
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
- Reverse English (1956)
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Ruth Merrill
- Hawk's Head (1956) ... Ruth Merrill
 1956 The Harder They Fall
Beth Willis
 1956 1984
Julia of the Outer Party
 1955 Man with the Gun
Nelly Bain
 1955 Female on the Beach
Amy Rawlinson
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Paula Vaughan / Marje Fallon
- Desert Story (1955) ... Paula Vaughan
- Ferry to Fox Island (1955) ... Marje Fallon
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Marge
- A Note of Fear (1955) ... Marge
 1955 Women's Prison
Brenda Martin
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Ann
- Trip Around the Block (1954) ... Ann
 1954 The Human Jungle
Mary Abbott
 1954 Return from the Sea
Frieda
 1954 The High and the Mighty
Sally McKee
 1954 Alaska Seas
Nicky Jackson
 1953 The Vanquished
Rose Slater
 1953 Split Second
Dorothy 'Dottie' Vail
 1953 Pony Express
Denny Russell
 1952 Sky Full of Moon
Dixie Delmar
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Mildred Foss (1969-1970)
 1952 Flesh and Fury
Sonya Bartow
 1951 Rhubarb
Polly Sickles
 1951 Ace in the Hole
Lorraine Minosa
 1951 The Mating Season
Betsy
 1950 Union Station
Marge Wrighter
 1950 Gunfire
Flo - Saloon Girl (uncredited)
 1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Rita Rossini
 1950 Mystery Street
Vivian Heldon
 1950 Caged
Jeta Kovsky - aka Smoochie
 1948 Johnny Belinda
Stella McCormick
 1947 Tycoon
Dancer at Fiesta (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Billie Dawn"; replacement) in "Born Yesterday" on Broadway. Comedy. Written / directed by Garson Kanin. Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager. Costume Design by Ruth Kanin. Assistant Scenic Design: Charles Elson. Lyceum Theatre (moved to The Henry Miller's Theatre from 9 Nov 1948-close): 4 Feb 1946-31 Dec 1949 (1642 ... See more »

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

I adored Hollywood because I'd always wanted to be a movie star. Maybe in some funny Freudian way, it was my way of getting more attention than my baby sister, who was pretty with curly hair. We all have drives we don't completely understand. See more »

Trivia:

Gave birth to her only child at age 34, a son Adams Douglas on October 20, 1955. Child's father was her 2nd husband, Paul Douglas. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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