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Sally Payne

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sally Payne (September 5, 1912 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress. She featured in several B-Westerns in the 1940s. Payne made her first film in 1935, appearing in a bit part. She became a leading actress in B films, usually westerns. She also played in comedy shorts for RKO Radio Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She is most remembered for her performance as Calamity Jane in the Roy Rogers western Young Bill Hickok (1940), as well as acting the role of Belle Starr in Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941), where her performing style echoed that of a contemporary, Una Merkel. Just before her association with Rogers ended, her status had enlarged from a supporting-role character to that of first-billed actress. Payne's characters were usually the tomboy type, often helping men rather than being dependent on them. She frequently wore men's clothing, carried a weapon, drove stagecoaches and rode horses. Her male associates identified strongly with her ability to survive a rough environment like the Old West frontier, but she was never the object of male fantasies. Rarely did Payne's characters become physically intimate with her masculine counterparts; thus if she were called on to display affection of any sort, the relationships never went beyond the strictly platonic. Thus, her persona was that of a female sidekick, but never a lover. After Payne left acting, she ran her own book store and worked as an artist, creating oil paintings for her family and her friends and illustrating a series of children's books. Payne retired from films in 1942 after her marriage to Arthur F. Kelly, an executive for Western Airlines. On May 8, 1999, she died in Los Angeles of a stroke at the age of 86.

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Sep 5, 1912 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Big Show 1936-11-16
Latest Project:
Movie Ain't It Aggravatin' 1954-02-06
Known For
Poster of Rodeo Dough
Poster of Young Bill Hickok
Poster of City for Conquest
Poster of The Domineering Male
Movie Ain't It Aggravatin' Frugal Man's Wife (uncredited) 1954-02-06
Movie Cash Stashers The Wife (uncredited) 1953-08-29
Movie Bargain Madness Sally (uncredited) 1951-07-04
Series The Adventures of Kit Carson Unknown 1951-08-11
Movie Man from Cheyenne Sally Whittaker 1942-01-16
Movie Romance on the Range Sally 1942-05-18
Movie Cooks and Crooks Sally Kennedy 1942-06-05
Movie Sheriff of Tombstone Queenie Whittaker, aka Queenie LaTour 1941-05-07
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Chorus Girl 1941-04-11
Movie Robin Hood of the Pecos Belle Starr 1941-01-14
Movie Nevada City Jo Morrison 1941-06-19
Movie In Old Cheyenne 'Squeak' Brown 1941-04-04
Movie Westward Ho-Hum Sally 1941-09-15
Movie Bad Man of Deadwood 'Princess' Sally Blackstone 1941-09-05
Movie A Quiet Fourth Sally Kennedy 1941-12-19
Movie Red River Valley Sally Whittaker 1941-12-12
Movie Jesse James at Bay Polly Morgan 1941-10-17
Movie I'll Fix It Sally 1941-10-07
Movie Money and the Woman Mrs. Jones (uncredited) 1940-08-17
Movie I Love You Again Salesgirl (uncredited) 1940-08-09
Movie Bested by a Beard Maisie 1940-07-16
Movie The Domineering Male Gertrude 'Gertie' (uncredited) 1940-03-30
Movie When the Daltons Rode Annabella 1940-08-23
Movie La Conga Nights Lucy Endover 1940-05-31
Movie Wedding Bills Bride-to-be (uncredited) 1940-11-13
Movie City for Conquest Singer (uncredited) 1940-09-21
Movie One Night in the Tropics Woman with Second Man Polled by Jim (uncredited) 1940-11-15
Movie No, No, Nanette Maid 1940-12-19
Movie Young Bill Hickok Miss 'Calamity' Jane Canary 1940-10-21
Movie Rodeo Dough Sally 1940-11-09
Movie When Tomorrow Comes Waitress (uncredited) 1939-08-11
Movie Blondie Meets the Boss Mrs. Williams (uncredited) 1939-03-08
Movie Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga Sally 1939-09-02
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Tourist 1939-05-03
Movie Let's Talk Turkey Abner's Wife 1939-10-28
Movie Set 'em Up Girl Bowler 1939-10-06
Movie The Amazing Mr. Williams Jean - Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1939-11-22
Movie Blondie Brings Up Baby Young Woman (uncredited) 1939-11-08
Movie Man from Music Mountain Patsy 1938-08-15
Movie Exiled to Shanghai Mabel 1937-12-20
Movie The Big Show Toodles Brown 1936-11-16