Sally Kirkland

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Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland 2014 by Photo Brian To.jpg
at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty
Born(1941-10-31) October 31, 1941 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1960–present
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For Sally Kirkland the Vogue & Life editor, see Sally Kirkland (editor).
Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland 2014 by Photo Brian To.jpg
at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty
Born(1941-10-31) October 31, 1941 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1960–present

Sally Kirkland (born October 31, 1941) is an American film and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Kirkland was born in New York City, New York. She was named after her mother, Sally Kirkland (born Sarah Phinney), who was a fashion editor at Vogue and LIFE magazines, and was raised in Oklahoma.[1] Her father, Frederic McMichael Kirkland, worked in the scrap metal business.[2]


Kirkland began acting Off-Broadway in 1962.[citation needed] Then in 1969, she gave a widely acclaimed performance in the classic underground film Coming Apart. In the 1970s, she had small roles in popular films such as The Sting, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born and Private Benjamin. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1987 for Anna, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Kirkland currently (as of 2010) hosts a show on the syndicated HealthyLife Radio Network.[citation needed]

Kirkland has had frequent television roles, including The Simple Life 5: Goes to Camp and the soap operas Valley of the Dolls and Days of Our Lives and Three's Company. Films in which she has appeared include: EDtv, JFK, Adam and Steve and Coffee Date.


Kirkland is also a health activist including advocating for women harmed by breast implants. She founded the Kirkland Institute for Implant Survival Syndrome in August 1998.[3]

Kirkland is an ordained minister in the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.[4]



1960Crack in the MirrorBit part (uncredited)
1961Hey, Let's TwistDancer
1964The 13 Most Beautiful WomenBeautiful Woman
1968WitnessMiss Presson
BlueSarah Lambert
1969Coming ApartJoann
FutzMerry Lee
1970Brand XPatient/President's Wife
Going HomeAnn
1973The Young NursesWoman at Clinic
The Way We WerePony Dunbar
Cinderella LibertyFleet Chick
The StingCrystal
1974Blazing SaddlesCashier(uncredited)
Candy Stripe NursesWife in Clinic
Big Bad MamaBarney's Woman
1975The NoahFriday-Anne (voice)
Bite the BulletHoney
Crazy MamaElla Mae
Breakheart PassJane-Marie
1976TracksTrain Passenger
Pipe DreamsTwo Street Betty
A Star Is BornPhotographer
1979Hometown USAGwen
The Illegal OneDon Tony's Girlfriend
1980Private BenjaminHelga
1981The Incredible Shrinking WomanStore Cashier
1982Neil Young: Human HighwayKatherine
1983Double ExposureHooker
1984Fatal GamesDiane Paine
Love LettersSally
1987Talking WallsHooker
AnnaAnnaGolden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
1988White HotHarriet
1989Best of the BestWade
Cold FeetMaureen
High StakesMelanie Rose
Paint It BlackMarion Easton
1990RevengeRock Star
1991In the Heat of PassionLee Adams
JFKRose Cheramie
The HauntedJanet Smurl
1992Primary MotiveHelen Poulas
Hit the DutchmanEmma Flegenheimer
RoseanneBarbara HealyTV, appeared in 2 episodes; second was in 1993
1993Eye of the StrangerLori
Double ThreatMonica Martel
The Black CatEleonora
Paper HeartsJenny
1995Guns and LipstickDanielle Roberts
1996AmnesiaCharlene Hunt
1997Little GhostMother Ghost
Get a ClueSydelle PulaskiTV
Excess BaggageLouise
1998Wilbur FallsRoberta Devereaux
ParanoiaDr. Kurtzwell
The IslandMarilyn Monroe
Twinkle Toes
Starry NightDetective Brook Murphy
2000The Boys Behind the Desk
2001A Month of SundaysKatherine St. Croix
Out of the BlackElizabeth Malby
Thank You, Good NightDoreen
2002Wish You Were DeadPenelope Wilson
The Rose TechniqueHelen
Mothers and DaughtersNana
2003Bruce AlmightyAnita
An Eye for an EyeRachel
Mango KissEmilia
2005Chandler HallSally
What's Up, Scarlet?Ruth Zabrinski
Adam & SteveMary
Neo NedShelly
2006Factory GirlGrandma Sedgwick(uncredited)
Coffee DateMrs. Muller
Off the BlackMarianne Reynolds
Hollywood DreamsMinster at Wedding
2007Spiritual WarriorsRealtor
Big StanMadame Foreman
Resurrection MaryLois
Blind SpotPenelope Denmore
Oak HillElizabeth St. James
Richard IIIQueen Margaret
The Ear of the BeholderMarlena
2009RedemptionMrs. Allport
Fast TrackMediator
Under the KnifePat Mazur
2010One by One: Death's DoorHarold's Nana
Flexing with MontyLilith
Alice Stands UpAlice
2013Tom in AmericaBetty


  1. ^ Straight to the Heart of Hollywood Moxie: A Candid Interview with Sally Kirkland Moxie Magazine. 2000.
  2. ^ Sally Kirkland Film Reference biography
  3. ^ KISS Sally Kirkland web site
  4. ^ Stanley, John (5 May 1991). "Who Ya Gonna Call? / Sally Kirkland vs. ghosts in "fact'-based "The Haunted'". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 48. 

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