Sally Eilers ~ The Most Beautiful Girl

Sally Eilers

Sally Eilers was a 1930s actress who known for her great beauty

She was born Dorothea Sally Eilers on December 11, 1908 in New York City. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was a child. After graduating from Fairfax high school she studied acting and took dance classes with Ernest Belcher. Sally made her film debut as an extra in the 1927 drama The Red Mill. One day she was having lunch with her friend Carole Lombard when she was introduced to producer Mack Sennett. He cast her in several of his "flaming youth" comedies including The Campus Vamp and The Good-Bye Kiss. In 1928 she was chosen to be one of the WAMPAS baby stars. She had supporting roles in Let Us Be Gay with Norma Shearer and Broadway Babies with Alice White. Sally married Hoot Gibson, her costar in Clearing The Range, on June 27, 1930. During the early 1930s she became a popular leading lady starring in the pre-code films Sailor's Luck, Hat Check Girl, and She Made Her Bed. The petite blonde was called "the most beautiful girl in movies".

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After divorcing Hoot she eloped with director Harry Joe Brown in September of 1933. Just a few weeks after their wedding he was sued by actress Marjorie Whiteis for "breach of promise." She stood by him during the headline making trial. Their son, Harry Joe Brown Jr, was born in 1934. Sally was signed by RKO and starred in the dramas Condemned Women and They Made He A Spy. In 1943 she divorced Harry and married World War 2 Lieutenant Howard Barney. They split up three years later. By this time her career was in trouble and she was no longer being offered leading roles. She married her fourth husband, director Hollingsworth Morse, in 1949. Soon after she decided to quit acting. Her final film was the 1950 western Stage To Tucson. Sally's marriage to Hollingsworth ended in 1962. As she grew older she suffered from numerous health problems and stayed out of the spotlight. On January 5, 1978 she died from a heart attack at the age of sixty-nine. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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