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 .



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

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:

Lorraine: I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.

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.

Wild Bill Hickok: Listen, Shorty, you follow the redhead and I'll marry you.
Denny Russell: Easy for you to say. You don't like women.
Wild Bill Hickok: That's right. Maybe that's why I'm so fond of you.
Denny Russell: Thanks. Go shoot yourself.

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Jan Sterling Facts
In 1968 she received the first annual achievement award of the Century Club, comprised of members of the American-Jewish Congress, which recongized her service in radio and telvision programs for the women's conference of the Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles.

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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