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Jan Sterling (3 Apr 1921, New York, NY - 26 Mar 2004, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA) was an American actress, born Jane Sterling Adriance, the daughter of William Allen Adriance.

Jan Sterling studied drama in London, then began her stage career as a teenager in New York City. She made her film debut in 1947. As well as numerous television roles, her most notable film appearances inlcuded Kirk Douglas's "sluttish, opportunistic wife" in Billy Wilder's 1951 Ace in the Hole. In 1954, she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The High and the Mighty", opposite John Wayne, for which she was also Academy Award nominated. You can read much more about her career at Wikipedia.

In 1937, she was living at 210 E 73rd St, New York, NY.

On 3 May 1941, she married John Merivale. On 26 Aug 1947, they divorced.

On 12 May 1950, she married Paul Douglas Fleischer. He died 11 Sep 1959.

They had one child:


Her father was William Allen Adriance Jr (1 Jun 1894, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co, NY - 1 Apr 1953, Stamford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut). From 1914-17, he studied architecture at Cornell University, and was later an advertising executive.

Her mother was Eleanor Ward Deans (22 Feb 1895, Pennsylvania - Mar 1989, Philadelphia, PA).

They married in 1919/20, and had children:
In 1927, her parents divorced.

Before 1930, her mother married Lt Cmdr Henry James White (14 Mar 1892, Maryland - Jun 1980, District Heights, Prince Georges, Maryland). In 1920, he was an Aviator, Curtis Co, living at 145 East 92nd St, New York, NY, with his wife, her two daughters and a nurse. In 1942, they lived at Linkhorn Park, New York. In 1941, Henry James White was assistant naval attache and naval air attache at the American Embassy, Berlin. Henry James White was also an executive for Socony Oil Company.

By 1936, her father married Winifred ______ (1899, Fort Worth, Texas - Aft 1953).

William Allen Adriance Jr's only sibling was Dorothy Allen Adriance (5 Mar 1893, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co, NY - ). On 13 Apr 1924, she married Stefano Guidici Caraciolo, Prince de Leporano, at Villa Bianca, Capri, Italy.

Her grandparents were:


Jan Sterling's American passport was issued on 11 Feb 1960.

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