Writing about stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age who were brothers (eg. Dana Andrews and Steve Forrest, Lawrence Tierney and Scott Brady, James Arness and Peter Graves) started us thinking about stars who were sisters.
Olivia deHavilland and Joan Fontaine (both Oscar winners — twice for Olivia) are the obvious choices as the most famous Sisters on the Silver Screen back in its heyday. For more on this tempestuous duo, check out our June 1, 2012 blog, Olivia and Joan — Hollywood’s Most Enduring Sibling Rivalry.
But what about other sister acts?
Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys searching for the answers to a movie trivia fans’ (which we are, we admit) pressing questions.
Of course the silent screen had The Talmadge Sisters, Norma and Constance. And The Gish Sisters, Lillian and Dorothy. The last two made it in talkies as well.
The Young sisters too started in silents and went on to careers in sound pictures. Loretta became the most successful, but Polly Ann Young and Betty Jane (known as Sally Blane) worked sporadically through the 30s.
Then there were The Bennetts, Constance and Joan, and The Lane sisters, Priscilla, Rosemary and Lola, who worked in films together and separately.
That’s Rosemary, Gale Page (the non sister in all those Four Daughters movies) Lola and Priscilla playing cards between takes.
Sometimes the public was unaware that stars they knew and related to on the screen were, in fact, related. Jeannette MacDonald was a big name on the MGM lot in the 1930s and her sister, Marie Blake, was under contract there too. You might remember her as the switchboard operator at the hospital where Dr. Kildare worked.