Sterling, Jan

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Jan Sterling
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Sterling, Jan Gender: F
Adriance, Jane Sterling
born on 3 April 1921 at 21:12 (= 9:12 PM )
Place New York NY, USA, 40n42, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°46' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°19 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 17°54'


American actress that made her film debut in "Johnny Belinda" in 1948, with over 26 films to her credit; she was nominated for an Oscar for her work on "The High and Mighty."

Raised in a socially prominent family, she trained for stage at Fay Compton's school in England and made her Broadway debut in 1938 at the young age of 15. A cool blonde, she often played high-class floozies in her film roles. She returned to film in 1976.

The widow of actor Paul Douglas, she lived with Sam Wanamaker, a London actor.

The actress died at age 82 on March 26, 2004 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s home and hospital facility in suburban Woodland Hills. She never recovered from her recent strokes and broken hip.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : New Career 1938 (Stage debut, age 15)
  • Work : New Job 1948 (Film debut)
  • Work : New Job 1976 (Returned to work after dry spell)

Source Notes

Lynn Palmer quotes her


  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Debut age 15)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Raised socially prominant)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Paul Douglas)
  • Traits : Body : Hair (Blonde)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Bone (broken hip)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke