Sally Kirkland

For Sally Kirkland the Vogue & Life editor, see Sally Kirkland (editor).
Sally Kirkland

Sally Kirkland (2014)
Born (1941-10-31) October 31, 1941
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present

Sally Kirkland (born October 31, 1941) is an American film and television actress.[1][2] She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Anna (1987).

Early life

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.[3] Her father, Frederic McMichael Kirkland, worked in the scrap metal business.[4]


Kirkland began acting Off-Broadway in 1963.[5] After a few uncredited and bit parts in film and television, she appeared in the underground film Coming Apart (1969). 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 for Anna (1987),[6] and she won a Golden Globe Award[7] and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.[6][8] Kirkland hosts a weekly program on the syndicated HealthyLife Radio Network.[9]

Kirkland has had frequent television roles, including The Simple Life 5: Goes to Camp, Three's Company, The Incredible Hulk, Murder, She Wrote, High Tide, and the soap operas Valley of the Dolls and Days of Our Lives. 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.[10]

Kirkland is an ordained minister in the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.[11]


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 Witness Miss Presson
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 (voice)
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 Golden 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
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
The Haunted Janet Smurl
1992 Primary Motive Helen Poulas
Stringer Joan
Hit the Dutchman Emma Flegenheimer
Forever Angelica
Roseanne Barbara Healy TV, appeared in 2 episodes; second was in 1993
Double Jeopardy Detective Phyllis Camden
1993 Eye of the Stranger Lori
Double Threat Monica Martel
The Black Cat Eleonora
Paper Hearts Jenny
1994 Gunmen Bennett
1995 Picture Windows Blossom TV
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
Brave New World Linda TV Movie
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 Minister 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
Under the Knife Pat Mazur
2010 One by One: Death's Door Harold's Nana
Flexing with Monty Lilith
Alice Stands Up Alice
2012 Archaeology of a Woman Margaret
2013 Tom in America Betty
Awakened Harriet
2014 Suburban Gothic Virginia
2016 Trash Fire
2017 Most Hated Woman in America Lena Christina Filming


  1. "Sally Kirkland". The New York Times.
  2. Catsoulis, Jeannette (September 11, 2014). "A Weakness for Cops, a Crime to Solve 'Archaeology of a Woman,' Starring Sally Kirkland". The New York Times.
  3. Straight to the Heart of Hollywood Moxie: A Candid Interview with Sally Kirkland Moxie Magazine. 2000.
  4. Sally Kirkland Film Reference biography
  5. "The Love Nest". Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  6. 1 2 Gruber, Xaque (February 22, 2012). "25 Years After Anna, Sally Kirkland Reflects on the Oscar Race for Best Actress". The Huffington Post.
  7. "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama". Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  8. Maslin, Janet (October 2, 1987). "Anna (1987)". The New York Times.
  9. "Sally Kirkland Show". Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  11. Stanley, John (May 5, 1991). "Who Ya Gonna Call? / Sally Kirkland vs. ghosts in "fact'-based "The Haunted'". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 48.
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