biography

Born Sally Feeney in San Diego on May 28, 1924, lovely Sally Forrest began her career as a dancer while still a child. At the age of 22, MGM signed the young ingenue to a contract. She appeared uncredited as a dancer in such MGM productions as the musical Till the Clouds Roll By (1946; with June Allyson and Judy Garland) and The Kissing Bandit (1948; with Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson) before the studio dropped her contract in 1948. Her film career was heading nowhere until actress/director Ida Lupino cast her in the low-budget potboiler Not Wanted (1949; with Keefe Brasselle). Although Not Wanted was an independent film, even without the support of a large studio the film garnered great reviews and launched Forrest's career as an actress. Eventually, she signed again with MGM to make a string of films, sometimes with her frequent co-star Keefe Brasselle. In 1951, Forrest appeared in seven films, and in August of that same year she married her agent, Milo Frank Jr.

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LEFT and CENTER: MGM cheesecake photos of Sally Forrest from the late 1940s and early 1950s. RIGHT: Forrest married her agent, Milo Frank Jr., in August 1951

Forrest's marriage heralded the beginning of the end of her film career. In 1952, her husband took a job at CBS in New York, and Forrest moved to the east coast with her husband. While living in New York, Forrest acted in the Broadway production of The Seven Year Itch and took on some roles in New York-based television series, such as Schlitz Playhouse and Lux Video Theatre.

the films of sally forrest

The Young Lovers (1949)

Keefe Brasselle and Sally Forrest

With Keefe Brasselle in the low-budget drama The Young Lovers, directed by Ida Lupino

Not Wanted (1949)

Keefe Brasselle and Sally Forrest

From the low-budget drama Not Wanted with Keefe Brasselle

Mystery Street (1950)

Ricardo Montalban and Sally ForrestSally Forrest and Marshall Thompson

LEFT: With Ricardo Montalban in the MGM film noir thriller Mystery Street. RIGHT: With Marshall Thompson

Bannerline (1951)

Sally Forrest and Keefe Brasselle

From the MGM drama Bannerline with Keefe Brasselle

Excuse My Dust (1951)

Sally Forrest and Red Skelton

From the MGM musical comedy Excuse My Dust with Red Skelton

Hard, Fast, and Beautiful (1951)

Robert Clarke, Sally Forrest, Claire Trevor, and Arthur Little Jr.

From the RKO romantic drama Hard, Fast, and Beautiful with Robert Clarke, Claire Trevor, and Arthur Little Jr.

The Strip (1951)

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LEFT: With James Craig in MGM's noir release The Strip. RIGHT: With Mickey Rooney

Son of Sinbad (1955)

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Forrest portrayed Ameer in the RKO adventure Son of Sinbad

While the City Sleeps (1956)

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LEFT: From the RKO film noir release While the City Sleeps with George Sanders and Dana Andrews. RIGHT: With Dana Andrews and Thomas Mitchell

Ride the High Iron (1956)

Sally Forrest and Raymond Burr

With Raymond Burr in the Columbia drama Ride the High Iron, which was Forrest's last film

later years

Forrest and her husband moved back to Los Angeles in the mid 1950s, and she resumed her film career for a brief period. Her final film was the Columbia drama Ride the High Iron (1956; with Raymond Burr). Forrest made a few more appearances on television through the mid 1960s, when she called it a day. Her husband became a producer at MGM and later worked for Cinerama. Milo Frank passed away in 2004 at the age of 82. Forrest passed away from cancer in Beverly Hills on March 15, 2015, at the age of 90.

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filmography

FILM
Ride the High Iron (1956) with Don Taylor, Raymond Burr, Nestor Paiva, and Mae Clarke
While the City Sleeps (1956) with Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, John Drew Barrymore, James Craig, and Ida Lupino
Son of Sinbad (1955) with Dale Robertson, Lili St. Cyr, Vincent Price, and Mari Blanchard
Code Two (1953) with Ralph Meeker, Elaine Stewart, Keenan Wynn, Robert Horton, James Craig, Jeff Richards, and William Campbell
The Strange Door (1951) with Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Richard Wyler, and Alan Napier
Bannerline (1951) with Keefe Brasselle, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, J. Carrol Naish, Larry Keating, Spring Byington, and Michael Ansara
The Strip (1951) with Mickey Rooney, William Demarest, James Craig, Louis Armstrong, and Tommy Rettig
Excuse My Dust (1951) with Red Skelton, Macdonald Carey, William Demarest, Jane Darwell, Lillian Bronson, and Herbert Anderson
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951) with Claire Trevor, Robert Clarke, and William Hudson
Vengeance Valley (1951) with Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, Carleton Carpenter, Ray Collins, and Hugh O'Brian
Mystery Street (1950) with Ricardo Montalban, Bruce Bennett, Elsa Lanchester, Marshall Thompson, and Jan Sterling
The Young Lovers (1949) with Keefe Brasselle and Hugh O'Brian
Flame of Youth (1949) with Don Beddoe and Denver Pyle
Not Wanted (1949) with Keefe Brasselle
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) with Clifton Webb, Shirley Temple, Tom Drake, Alan Young, and Kathleen Hughes

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Family Affair, episode Our Friend Stanley, originally aired December 4, 1967
Rawhide, episode Incident of the Swindler, originally aired February 20, 1964
G.E. True Theater, episode Strictly Solo, originally aired December 11, 1960
The Millionaire, episode Millionaire Emily Baker, originally aired February 4, 1959
Rawhide, episode Incident of the Widowed Dove, originally aired January 30, 1959
Pursuit, episode Epitaph for a Golden Girl, originally aired December 3, 1958
Climax!, episode Burst of Fire, originally aired January 30, 1958
Climax!, episode The Man Who Stole the Bible, originally aired June 13, 1957
The Red Skelton Hour, episode The Magic Shoes, originally aired October 30, 1956
Climax!, episode Child of the Wind/Throw Away the Cane, originally aired August 2, 1956
The Red Skelton Hour, episode Valentine's Day Double Date, originally aired February 14, 1956
Celebrity Playhouse, episode They Flee by Night, originally aired February 14, 1956
Front Row Center, episode The Teacher and Hector Hodge, originally aired February 12, 1956
Climax!, episode Pink Cloud, originally aired October 27, 1955
Front Row Center, episode Guest in the House, originally aired August 24, 1955
Screen Directors Playhouse, episode Want Ad Wedding, originally aired November 2, 1955
Armstrong Circle Theatre, episode Julie's Castle, originally aired October 27, 1953
The United States Steel Hour, episode P.O.W., originally aired October 27, 1953
Studio One in Hollywood, episode Letter of Love, originally aired October 19, 1953
Suspense, episode The Darkest Night, originally aired September 15, 1953
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Life of the Party, originally aired April 23, 1953
Lux Video Theatre, episode The Brooch, originally aired April 2, 1953
Studio One in Hollywood, episode The Edge of Evil, originally aired March 23, 1953
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Barrow Street, originally aired November 28, 1952

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