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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 May 1928St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameElaine Sterling

Mini Bio (1)

This gorgeous blonde was born Elaine Sterling on May 18, 1928, in Kirkwood, Missouri, and raised in St. Louis before beginning her career as a face and hand model for cosmetic ads. She moved briefly to NYC before transporting herself to Hollywood, wherein she earned an MGM contract. She decorated a number of the studio's big musical pictures at that time under her real name, including bits in Easter Parade (1948) and Neptune's Daughter (1949) but found little room for advancement. Leaving MGM, she changed her moniker to Sara Shane and signed a one-year contract with Universal-International, where she was glimpsed in such films as Sign of the Pagan (1954) and Magnificent Obsession (1954). During this time, she married William Hollingsworth. They divorced in 1957 after 8 years.

Her parts got bigger on the screen once she left to freelance but the pictures, themselves, were not necessarily of a higher grade. Three Bad Sisters (1956), The King and Four Queens (1956) with Clark Gable, and Affair in Havana (1957), at the very least, put her in the featured role bracket. From there, she moved directly into TV roles and worked throughout much the late 50s/early 60s on such programs as Dragnet (1951), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Outer Limits (1963) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). Her film career peaked when she was chosen to play the Jane-like role, opposite muscleman Gordon Scott's vine swinger, in Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959), one of the better entries in the series.

Never connecting strongly with the whirlwind social circle, she left the Hollywood limelight and retired from show biz in her late 30s. She turned to writing and began to devote herself to the study of pharmaceuticals. She wrote two books, "Zulma" and "Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry", the first one a work of fiction and the second a book promoting healthy living. She eventually moved to Australia to avoid the Los Angeles pollution and, at age 80, still lives happily...and healthily...on her 5 acres of land.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

William I. Hollingsworth, Jr. (1949 - 1957) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (4)

A stunning blonde, former NY model (from age 14), who earned an MGM contract and provided bit role decoration in a few musicals (as Elaine Sterling) before brightening up a few routine 50s features as a co-star (now billed as Sara Shane).
Once caught dengue fever from a mosquito bite while living in Haiti. Although it damaged her liver, she went on a good diet that helped recover her health.
1953 Deb Star.
An author, she is Director of the Hippocrates Health Centre in Queensland, Australia. [February 2006]

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