Did you know, for example, that besides being a beauteous actress-dancer she represents that rare species of classic Hollywood personalities who married just once in their lifetimes? Imagine that.
In 1951 Forrest wed her agent, Milo O. Frank Jr., and remained hitched until his death in 2004. She remained a widow until she died 11 years later.
It was Frank who prompted Forrest’s career interruption, moving from Hollywood to New York when he landed a big network job at CBS. Frank subsequently embarked on a career as a film producer.
And, did you know that Forrest had the privilege of lording it over the diminutive Mickey Rooney — who stood a fast 5-feet 2 inches, an inch shorter than Sally — in 1951’s The Strip, one of the Mick’s rare film noirs? There’s Rooney (below) pounding away on the drums while Sally strikes a terpsichorean pose.
Ok, on to the answers to our Sally Forrest Quiz. Here we go:
1) Question: In 1950’s Never Fear (aka The Young Lovers) Forrest costars with Keefe Brasselle as a physically afflicted young dancer whose show biz career is in peril. What disease afflicts her? a) Herpes; b) Chronic Constipation; c) Polio; or d) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
1) Answer: c) Polio, a much feared, crippling malady at the time Never Fear was made.
2) Question: Can you name this well known woman, who was a pioneering producer-director, who helped Forrest’s career considerably? a) Mae West; b) Ida Lupino; c) Lucille Ball; or d) Chantal Akerman.
2) Answer: b) Ida Lupino, that fine actress who was even more imposing as a pioneering director/producer. Lupino took Sally in hand, and directed her in a trio of movies all worth a look today. Forrest and Ida acted alongside one another in Fritz Lang’s 1956 noir, While the City Sleeps.
3) Question: What did Forrest and Marilyn Monroe have in common? a) Both married baseball players; b) Both were suicidal; c) Both starred in The Seven Year Itch; or d) Nothing.
3) Answer: c) Both starred in The Seven Year Itch. Sally played it on the Broadway stage in 1953, succeeding Vanessa Brown, who originated the role of “the girl” in the George Axelrod comedy. Marilyn, of course, memorably played the role in the 1955 movie version. Who can forget that billowing skirt?
4) Question: Late in her career Forrest found herself cast close to nudity in a randy piece of late RKO output surrounded by several real life strippers. What was the title of this 1955 picture? a) Son of Sinbad; b) Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle; c) Texas Lady; or d) Pearl of the South Pacific.
4) Answer: Forrest played a glorified harem dancer in RKO’s (a) Son of Sinbad. Studio boss Howard Hughes took a special interest in this picture, redesigning and minimizing Forrest’s costume. Also in on the proceedings was Lili St. Cyr, who really was a strip teaser.
5) Question: Why did Forrest interrupt a relatively successful Hollywood screen career to move to New York to try working in live theater? a) She had had a snootful of Hollywood, and needed a change of scenery ; b) Her husband at the time got a bigtime tv job in New York; c) She just couldn’t stand being deprived of genuine pastrami sandwiches; or d) None of the above.
5) Answer: b). See introduction above.