Sally Forrest dies at age 86. The singer and star of the ’40s films Not Wanted and Never Fear, died on March 15. The protege of Hollywood trailblazer Ida Lupino was at home in Beverly Hills after a long battle with cancer, according to News Max.
In Not Wanted, Forrest portrayed a young single mother who shamefully puts her baby up for adoption, only to want him back. In Never Fear, Sally played a rising dancer who becomes paralyzed by polio. Both films were written and helmed by Lupino, one of the few women to direct feature films at that time. Forrest also work with Lupino in Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951).
Born Katherine Feeney, Forrest began modeling and teaching ballet while she was still in high school. Sally got her first film gig working as a choreographer and lead dancer for Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) and went on to do several other MGM musicals, according to AZCentral.
As Sally Forrest dies, she will be remembered for her fantastic work as an actress. Forrest had several other film credits including roles in Mystery Street (1950), Vengeance Valley (1951), The Strip (1951) starring Mickey Rooney, The Strange Door (1951) starring Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Son of Sinbad (1955), and Fritz Lang’s While the City Sleeps (1956).
She also had roles on TV series like Suspense and Rawhide, as well as musical spots on variety programs like The Ed Sullivan Show.
Forrest and Frank then moved to New York two years later. She took over the starring role the opposite Tom Ewell in the original Broadway production of The Seven Year Itch (she had the role immortalized by Marilyn Monroe in the movie) and later appeared in major stage productions of Damn Yankees, As You Like It and No, No, Nanette.
While Sally Forrest dies, her fans still remember her as the Hollywood trailblazer Ida Lupino, notes the Associated Press. Survivors include Sally’s niece Sharon and nephews Michael and Mark.