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Jan Sterling
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    (April 3, 1921-March 26, 2004)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Jane Sterling Adriance
    Appeared in the films 'Johnny Belinda' (1948), 'Caged' (1950), 'The Mating Season' (1951), 'Ace in the Hole' (1951), 'The High and the Mighty' (1954), 'Women's Prison' (1955), '1984' (1956), 'The Harder They Fall' (1956), 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue' (1957), 'High School Confidential' (1958), 'The Incident' (1967), 'The Minx' (1968) and 'First Monday in October' (1981)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Bachelor Born' (1938), 'When We Are Married' (1939), 'Born Yesterday' (1946) and 'The Front Page' (1969)
    She had a nose job.
    She said about her typecasting in films, 'I was the original happy hooker. I've played her in 10 of my 42 movies.'
    When she was a presenter at the Academy Awards (1951), her introduction was the bizarre 'She is the sort of a girl who makes a man want to go home and saw off his wife's head below the ankles.'
    She was omitted from the Oscar telecast's 'In Memoriam' segment despite being a former nominee.
    Despite her bad girl image, she was refined in real life, having come from a well-off family and been educated by private tutors in England.
    She resembled Lana Turner.
    She was given her stage name by Ruth Gordon while appearing in one of Gordon's plays.
    She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 'The High and the Mighty.'

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