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


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.


Nelly Bain: You're staying?
Clint Tollinger: Mm-hmm.
Nelly Bain: Of course - a target right to the end. Standing in front of people who won't stand in back of you.


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Critics raved about her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the Chicago touring company of "Born Yesterday" and Columbia brought Jan out to the West Coast to test for the 1950 film version. At one point, she was actually announced to play the part but the role ultimately went to the character's original player on Broadway, Judy Holliday, who went on to win the Oscar.

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.

Her son, Adams Douglas, died of heart failure just three months before her in 2004.

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