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Jan Sterling Overview:

Actress, Jan Sterling, was born Jane Sterling Adriance on Apr 3, 1924 in New York City, NY. Sterling died at the age of 80 on Mar 26, 2004 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Sterling was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1954Best Supporting ActressThe High and the Mighty (1954)Sally McKeeNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Jan Sterling Quotes:

Dodie: I'm just shopping. They got some new records in. Do you like Bop?
Al Goddard: Bop? Is that where everybody plays a different tune at the same time?
Dodie: You just haven't heard enough of it.


Sonya Bartow: I love you too, Paul... in my own funny way.


Nelly Bain: Don't try to change now, Clint, or you'll find that even feeling a little will hurt a lot.


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Jan Sterling Facts
She's a descendant of two American presidents: John Adams and John Quincy Adams. In their honor, her son by actor Paul Douglas was named Adams Douglas.

Known on stage as "Jane Adriance" until the 1940s. Her stage name was suggested by (Ruth Gordon), whose first suggestion was "Amethyst Adriance" because "you should name yourself after a gem." Instead, Sterling chose to drop the Adriance and shorten her first name to "Jan"; her character's name in the play in which she was appearing.

Made her singing debut in a tour of the musical "Silk Stockings" in 1962.

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