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:

Vivian Heldon: What you need is fresh air.
Henry Shanway: Yeah. Yeah, open the window, huh?
Vivian Heldon: No, not here. Fresh air I couldn't get in here with a permit.


Lily Frayne: [Lily Frayne and her date, Pepe, are at the restaurant bar; Pepe looks troubled as he examines a bracelet on his wrist] I don't know why you're objecting to that slave bracelet. I buy one for all my friends. I used to wear two or three of them myself around my ankle in the old days. Everybody wears them.
Pepe, Lily's Gigolo: Mon cher, please, I'm bored hearing about "The Stone Age."
Lily Frayne: [shakes her diamond-covered hand at Pepe] That's where these rocks came from, lover, and don't forget it.
[turns to Bartender]
Lily Frayne: Darling, give Lily a shot for her bronchitis.
Bartender: Of course, Miss Frayne.
Lily Frayne: It's the sea air. I don't know why I live here.
Bartender: I thought you liked the beach.
Lily Frayne: Oh, I do, darling, I do.
[glances at Pepe]
Lily Frayne: But it's so boring. Nothing to do night or day but go to bed.
Bartender: Why don't you make another picture, Miss Frayne? I thought you were great in "Salammbô."
Lily Frayne: Lubitsch did, too, darling. Lubitsch did, too. We were giants in those days. Now you could put the whole bunch under a card table and nobody'd muss a hair.
[glances at Pepe]
Lily Frayne: Did you ever see me in "Salammbô," darling?
Pepe, Lily's Gigolo: Sorry, I wasn't born then.
Lily Frayne: [angry] Well, I was only eleven myself! They called me "Little Lily Frayne." I was the first child star ever to be chased around a desk.


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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Jan Sterling Facts
Has resided in London for many years. Was a good friend of the late Sam Wanamaker.

She was omitted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from the "In Memoriam" tribute during the telecast of the 77th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, although she once has been nominated for an Oscar in 1955 for her supporting performance in The High and the Mighty (1954).

Son: Adams Douglas (1955 - 2003) died of heart failure.

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