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            Sara Shane

            Biografie

            This gorgeous blonde was born Elaine Sterling on May 18, 1928, in Kirkwood, Missouri, and raised in St. Louis before beginning her career as a face and hand model for cosmetic ads. She moved briefly to NYC before transporting herself to Hollywood, wherein she earned an MGM contract. She decorated a number of the studio's big musical pictures at that time under her real name, including bits in Easter Parade (1948) and Neptune's Daughter (1949) but found little room for advancement. Leaving MGM, she changed her moniker to Sara Shane and signed a one-year contract with Universal-International, where she was glimpsed in such films as Sign of the Pagan (1954) and Magnificent Obsession (1954). During this time, she married William Hollingsworth. They divorced in 1957 after 8 years.

            Her parts got bigger on the screen once she left to freelance but the pictures, themselves, were not necessarily of a higher grade. Three Bad Sisters (1956), The King and Four Queens (1956) with Clark Gable, and Affair in Havana (1957), at the very least, put her in the featured role bracket. From there, she moved directly into TV roles and worked throughout much the late 50s/early 60s on such programs as "Dragnet" (1951), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955), "The Outer Limits" (1963) and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964). Her film career peaked when she was chosen to play the Jane-like role, opposite muscleman Gordon Scott's vine swinger, in Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959), one of the better entries in the series.

            Never connecting strongly with the whirlwind social circle, she left the Hollywood limelight and retired from show biz in her late 30s. She turned to writing and began to devote herself to the study of pharmaceuticals. She wrote two books, "Zulma" and "Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry", the first one a work of fiction and the second a book promoting healthy living. She eventually moved to Australia to avoid the Los Angeles pollution and, at age 80, still lives happily...and healthily...on her 5 acres of land.

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