Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sally Eilers

Sally Eilers was a star in the 1930's. And she was one of Thelma Todd's friends.

Sally Eilers

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Sally Eilers
Sally Eilers in Pursuit trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Pursuit (1935)
BornDorothea Sally Eilers
(1908-12-11)December 11, 1908
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 5, 1978(1978-01-05) (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Years active1927–1950
Sally Eilers (December 11, 1908 – January 5, 1978) was an American actress.

Life and career

Born as Dorothea Sally Eilers in New York City to a Jewish-American mother, Paula (née Schoenberger), and an Irish-American father, Hio Peter Eilers (who was an inventor),[1][2] she was educated in Los Angeles and went into films because so many of her friends were in pictures. She studied for the stage, specialising in dancing. Her first try was a failure so she tried typing but then went back into pictures and succeeded.
She made her film debut in 1927 in The Red Mill, directed by Roscoe Arbuckle. After several minor roles as an extra, she found work with Mack Sennett, perhaps as one of his Sennett Bathing Beauties, in several comedy short subjects, along with Carole Lombard, who had been a school friend. In 1928 she was voted as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, a yearly list of young actresses nominated by exhibitors based on their box-office appeal.
Eilers was a popular figure in early-1930s Hollywood, known for her high spirits and vivacity. Her films were mostly comedies and crime melodramas such as Quick Millions (1931) with Spencer Tracy and George Raft. She was married for a short time to Hoot Gibson, though the marriage ended in divorce in 1933.
By the end of the decade her popularity had waned, and her subsequent film appearances were few. She made her final film appearance in 1950.


During her final years, Eilers suffered poor health, and died from a heart attack on January 5, 1978, in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 69. Eilers' cremated remains were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, her small niche located in the Freedom Mausoleum, Columbarium of Understanding.

Partial filmography


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Sally Eilers was one of the Wampus Baby Stars of 1928.

DRY MARTINI ( 1928 )

Carole Lombard with Dapne Pollard, center, in THE CAMPUS VAMP, 1928. Madalynne Fields is at left, and Sally Eilers is at right.

Thelma Todd, Sally Eilers, and Norman Kerry in TRIAL MARRIAGE, 1929

At center: Sally Eilers, Norman Kerry, Thelma Todd


This is not considered one of Buster Keaton's best movies, but in it's day it was well received.

A publicity picture of Sally Eilers with the book BAD GIRL

BAD GIRL was one of her movies.

BAD GIRL was not only a hit, but an Oscar winner.

Aviation was much in the news in this period. Here we see Sally Eilers in her aviatrix costume.

 STATE FAIR was a Will Rogers movie. He was one of the biggest stars of his day.

With Norman Foster

 In 1933, Thelma Todd traveled to England to promote her movie THE DEVIL'S BROTHER. Sally Eilers went with her, and they also came back together.

Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels also went to England at the same time.

Sally Eilers, Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels leave New York for Europe aboard the SS Ile de France. April, 1933

 Thelma Todd And Sally Eilers Return On The Europa


 A gym-dandy bathing beauty, 1934.

THREE ON A HONEYMOON ( 1934 ) - Zasu Pitts, Sally Eilers, Henrietta Crosman

 Sally Eilers with her mother.

Wedding of Sally Eilers and Hoot Gibson


At the Brown Derby

 The Gibsons in casual attire.

Cary Grant, Sally Eilers, Hal Roach, Elizabeth Jenns

Original caption: Making up a real hill-billy band, Cary Grant, Sally Eilers Hal Roach and Elizabeth Jenns English and American actress.
January 21, 1937

On the set of The Desperadoes: director Charles Vidor, Evelyn Keyes, Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Edgar Buchanan, Glenn Ford, visitor Sally Eilers and her husband, producer Harry Joe Brown

See Sally Eilers with Buster Keaton in PARLOR, BEDROOM, AND BATH

Watch Sally Eilers and Hoot Gibson in CLEARING THE RANGE

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