Monday, April 06, 2015

Actress Sally Forrest Dies at 86

While I was away at the TCM Classic Film Festival, it was announced that actress-dancer Sally Forrest passed away on March 15th. She was 86.

Obituaries were published in the Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter. There's also more on Forrest's life in a 2013 post by Larry Billman at Arts Meme.

Forrest got her start dancing in MGM musicals, although I didn't realize myself that she was a dancer until a couple years ago, when I saw a beautiful clip of her dancing with George Chakiris in a TV special.

Forrest is strongly associated with director Ida Lupino, having starred in Lupino's NOT WANTED (1949), NEVER FEAR (1949), and HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL (1951). She also costarred with Lupino in Fritz Lang's WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) (also reviewed here.

Forrest's other films include MYSTERY STREET (1950) and CODE TWO (1953).

She also had a number of theatrical credits, including joining the cast of THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH while it was in its original Broadway run. Save for a small handful of '60s TV appearances, she was mostly off the screen after the '50s came to a close.

Sally Forrest was married to Milo O. Frank from 1951 until his passing in 2004. Her survivors include nephews and a niece.

Update: Here are reviews of NOT WANTED (1949), NEVER FEAR (1950) and HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL (1951).


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