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Jan Sterling ACTOR


Jan Sterling was born on April 3rd, 1921 in New York City, New York with the birth name Jane Sterling Adriance in a pretty well to do family.  Her parents divorced young and when her mother remarried they relocated to Europe and  Jan was schooled by private tutors in London and in Paris, France.
When she was fifteen years old she enrolled in, Fay Compton's dramatic school in London.  She had a love for acting and perseverance to want to work on the stage.  By the age of seventeen she moved back to New York City and found work on Broadway.  She was cast in, "Bachelor Born" portraying a young British lady due to the accent she picked up when living in Europe.
For the next eleven years she took on the stage name, Jane Adrian and worked only on Broadway stage performances.  Jan had an uncredited role in "Tycoon" (1947) starring John Wayne, Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson, Grant Withers, Paul Fix, Anthony Quinn and James Gleason and then iIn 1948, she got her film break debut on, "Johnny Belinda" starring with Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally, Monte Blue, Douglas Kennedy and Snub Pollard.  After portraying the proper British character for so many years on stage, she was so excited to be working in the film industry portraying a different types of female character, the "wild, naughty schemer bad girl roles". 
Some of her films from the 50's with these types of character roles were, "Caged" (1950) co-starring Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson and Jane Darwell, "Ace in the Hole" (1951) starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall and Ray Teal, "Flesh and Fury" (1952) starring with Tony Curtis, Mona Freeman and Wallace Ford, "The Human Jungle" (1954) with Gary Merrill, Regis Toomey, Chuck Connors, Claude Akins, Chubby Johnson, James Westerfield and Paula Raymond and "Female on the Beach" (1955) starring Jeff Chandler, Joan Crawford, Judith Evelyn, Cecil Kellaway, Natalie Schafer and Charles Drake.  Sterling earned an Oscar nomination with her role on, "The High and the Mighty" (1954) starring alongside John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Phil Harris, Ann Doran, Robert Newton, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Julie Bishop, Sidney Blackmer, John Howard, William Campbell, Paul Fix, George Chandler, Regis Toomey, Douglas Fowley, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, John Qualen, William Schallert, John Smith, Wally Brown and William Hopper.  
As she entered into the 60's she did continue to work but not at such a dramatic rate.  Jan focused on a television career and also became very involved with humanitarian causes.  In late 1968, she began portraying the role, Miss Foss, on the CBS soap opera, "The Guiding Light".

Several television shows during the 50's and 60's was also part of her career such as "Bonanza", "Climax!", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "The Loretta Young Show", "Burke's Law" and "Wagon Train".

She retired from films completely in 1969 and returned to her love of working on the stage.  She did return to television in 1979 to portray, Lou Henry Hoover, in the miniseries, "Backstairs at the White House".
During her lifetime, Sterling married twice.  First to John Douglas from May 12th, 1950 through August 26th, 1947.  Jan then married her second husband, Paul Douglas from May 12th, 1950 through September 11th, 1959 when he passed away and together, they had one child, Adam Douglas whom passed away in 2003 from heart failure.

Jan Sterling passed away on March 26th, 2004 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California suffering from a series of strokes.  In 1968, Sterling was honored with the first annual achievement award of the century club where she was recognized for her service in radio and television programs.  She is interred in the Garden of Actors Churchyard Cemetery in London, England.

1988   Baby Boom
1985   Riptide 
1982   CBS Afternoon Playhouse
1981   First Monday in October  
1981   The Incredible Hulk
1980   My Kidnapper, My Love
1980   Three's Company
1979   Backstairs at the White House 
1976   Little House on the Prairie
1976   Having Babies
1976   Sammy Somebody 
1974   Kung Fu 
1971   The Virginian 
1971   Medical Center
1970   Bracken's World
1969-1970  Guiding Light
1969   The Minx
1969   The Name of the Game
1968   The Angry Breed  
1968   Mannix 
1967   The Incident  
1967   The Road West
1966   Run for Your Life
1963-1965  Burke's Law 
1964   American in Paris
1964   The Doctors and the Nurses 
1963   Breaking Point
1961-1963  The Dick Powell Theatre
1962   The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962   Kraft Mystery Theater 
1961   Naked City 
1961   King of Diamonds
1959-1961  Wagon Train
1961   Love in a Goldfish Bowl 
1961   Adventures in Paradise 
1958-1961  Alfred Hitchcock Presents 
1960   Bonanza 
1960   The Untouchables
1960   G.E. True Theater
1960   Alcoa Theatre
1960   Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
1959   Riverboat
1959   Lux Playhouse
1958   Kathy O'  
1958   High School Confidential!
1958   Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre
1958   Kraft Theatre 
1958   Suspicion
1958   The Female Animal  
1958   Pursuit
1956-1957  Climax!
1957   Slaughter on Tenth Avenue 
1957   The Loretta Young Show 
1957   Playhouse 90
1955-1957  Lux Video Theatre 
1957   The Kaiser Aluminum Hour
1956   Celebrity Playhouse
1956   The Harder They Fall 
1956   Front Row Center
1956   1984  
1956   Chevron Hall of Stars
1955   Man with the Gun
1955   Female on the Beach  
1955   The Star and the Story
1955   Stage 7 
1955   Women's Prison 
1954   The Ford Television Theatre 
1954   The Human Jungle  
1954   Return from the Sea  
1954   The High and the Mighty  
1954   Alaska Seas
1953   Pony Express 
1953   I The Vanquished  
1953   Split Second  
1952   Sky Full of Moon 
1952   Flesh and Fury  
1951   Rhubarb  
1951   Ace in the Hole  
1951   Appointment with Danger  
1951   Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 
1951   The Mating Season 
1950   Union Station
1950   Gunfire
1950   Mystery Street
1950   Snow Dog
1950   The Skipper Surprised His Wife 
1950   Caged  
1950   The Marshal of Gunsight Pass 
1948   Johnny Belinda 
1947   Tycoon 

Matinee Classics - 1984 starring Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave and Jan Sterling
Matinee Classics - Ace In The Hole starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady and Richard Benedict
Matinee Classics - The High and the Mighty starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Robert Stack, Laraine Day, Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris, Robert Newton, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Sidney Blackmer, Julie Bishop, Paul Fix, John Howard, Wally Brown, William Campbell, John Qualen, George Chandler, Joy Kim, Michael Wellman, Regis Toomey, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Robert Keys, William Dewolf, William Schallert, Julie Mitchum, Doe Avedon, Karen Sharpe, John Smith, Robert Eastman and Douglas F
Matinee Classics - Jane Sterling Adriance aka Jan Sterling
Matinee Classics -Ace In The Hole starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady and Richard Benedict
Matinee Classics - Jan Sterling
Matinee Classics - Man with the Gun starring Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, Henry Hull, Emile Meyer, John Lupton, Barbara Lawrence, Ted de Corsia, Leo Gordon and James Westerfield
Matinee Classics - Split Second starring Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Arthur Hunnicutt, Paul Kelly, Robert Paige, Richard Egan and Frank DeKova

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