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Sally Kirkland

at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty
Born October 31, 1941 (1941-10-31) (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present

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


Early life

Kirkland was born in New York City and was the goddaughter of Shelley Winters. She was named after her mother, fashion editor Sally Kirkland, who was a fashion editor at Vogue and LIFE magazines.[1] Her father, Frederic McMichael Kirkland, worked in the scrap metal business.[2] Kirkland was a student of Lee Strasberg and a member of Andy Warhol's coterie.


Kirkland began acting Off-Broadway in 1962, and has been said to have been the first actress to appear nude in legitimate theater, in a 1968 production of Sweet Eros. 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. She lost the Oscar that year to Cher in Moonstruck. She currently hosts a show on the syndicated HealthyLife Radio Network.

Kirkland has had frequent television roles, including Valley of the Dolls and the soap opera Days of our Lives.

Her film roles include playing the mother in EDtv, Oliver Stone's JFK, the romantic comedy The Last Guy on Earth, the Nick Nolte drama Off The Black, Adam and Steve and Coffee Date.

Kirkland appeared on The Simple Life 5: Goes to Camp in 2007.

Personal life

Kirkland is a minister in the Church of The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, an artist, and teaches yoga and meditation and drama. She 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. In October, 2006, Kirkland joined Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, in marching for Peace in Los Angeles.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1960 Crack in the Mirror Bit part (uncredited)
1961 Hey, Let's Twist Dancer
1964 The 13 Most Beautiful Women Beautiful Woman
1968 Blue Sarah Lambert
1969 Coming Apart Joann
Futz! Merry Lee
1970 Brand X Patient/President's Wife
1971 Jump Lou
Going Home Ann
1973 The Young Nurses Woman at Clinic
The Way We Were Pony Dunbar
Cinderella Liberty Fleet Chick
The Sting Crystal
1974 Blazing Saddles Cashier (uncredited)
Candy Stripe Nurses Wife in Clinic
Big Bad Mama Barney's Woman
1975 The Noah Friday-Anne
Bite the Bullet Honey
Crazy Mama Ella Mae
Breakheart Pass Jane-Marie
1976 Tracks Train Passenger
Pipe Dreams Two Street Betty
A Star Is Born Photographer
1977 Flush Janet
1979 Hometown USA Gwen
The Illegal One Don Tony's Girlfriend
1980 Private Benjamin Helga
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Store Cashier
1982 Neil Young: Human Highway Katherine
1983 Double Exposure Hooker
1984 Fatal Games Diane Paine
Love Letters Sally
1987 Talking Walls Hooker
Anna Anna Academy Award for Best Actress (nomination)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1988 White Hot Harriet
1989 Best of The Best Wade
Cold Feet Maureen
High Stakes Melanie Rose
Paint It Black Marion Easton
1990 Revenge Rock Star
Bullseye! Willie
1991 In the Heat of Passion Lee Adams
JFK Rose Cheramie
1992 Primary Motive Helen Poulas
Stringer Joan
Hit the Dutchman Emma Flegenheimer
Forever Angelica
1993 Eye of the Stranger Lori
Double Threat Monica Martel
The Black Cat Eleonora
Paper Hearts Jenny
1994 Gunmen Bennett
1995 Guns and Lipstick Danielle Roberts
1996 Amnesia Charlene Hunt
1997 Little Ghost Mother Ghost
Get a Clue Sydelle Pulaski TV
Excess Baggage Louise
1998 Wilbur Falls Roberta Devereaux
Paranoia Dr. Kurtzwell
The Island Marilyn Monroe
1999 EdTV Jeanette
Twinkle Toes
Starry Night Detective Brook Murphy
2000 The Boys Behind the Desk
2001 A Month of Sundays Katherine St. Croix
Out of the Black Elizabeth Malby
Audit Raissa
Thank You, Good Night Doreen
2002 Wish You Were Dead Penelope Wilson
The Rose Technique Helen
Mothers and Daughters Nana
2003 Bruce Almighty Anita
2004 Bloodlines Joyce
An Eye for an Eye Rachel
Mango Kiss Emilia
2005 Chandler Hall Sally
What's Up, Scarlet? Ruth Zabrinski
Encore Iris
Adam & Steve Mary
Neo Ned Shelly
2006 Factory Girl Grandma Sedgwick (uncredited)
Coffee Date Mrs. Muller
Off the Black Marianne Reynolds
A-List Olga
Hollywood Dreams Minster at Wedding
2007 Spiritual Warriors Realtor
Big Stan Madame Foreman
Resurrection Mary Lois
Blind Spot Penelope Denmore
2008 Fingerprints Mary
Oak Hill Elizabeth St. James
Richard III Queen Margaret
The Ear of the Beholder Marlena
Bald Elise
2009 Redemption Mrs. Allport
Fast Track Mediator (completed)
Under the Knife Pat Mazur (completed)
Devil's Land Sarah Murphy (post-production)


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