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Sally Starr was a little remembered movie actress from the 1930’s. She was born Sarah Kathryn Sturm on January 23, 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Starr was a Broadway actress before making her debut in motion pictures. She performed on stage from the age of fourteen. Starr debuted in Frolics featuring Ted Lewis as a teenager and later appeared in George White’s Scandals. She played with Eleanor Powell and George Hassell in “The Optimists” at the Century Roof Theater in January 1928. The same year she was cast with Elliott Nugent, Robert Montgomery, and Phyllis Crane in the theatrical production of “College Life”. When Starr came to Hollywood she signed a contract with MGM. She was promoted by MGM as a peppy girl who apparently caught the bus to and from the studio every day. Her dark brown hair and eyes, and five feet and 104 pounds stature led to her being dubbed by Photoplay as “a vest pocket edition of Clara Bow”. She played leading roles in “So This Is College” (1929), “The Woman Racket” (1930), “Not So Dumb” (1930), “Personality” (1930), and “For The Love o’ Lil” (1930). In 1930 Starr was among the cast of “Swing High” for Pathe Pictures. Her final films were “Meet The Bride” (1937), “Getting An Eyeful” (1938), “Love and Onions” (1938), and “Money on Your Life” (1938). Little is known and/or has been published about her personal life or what she did after her last film in 1938. Sally Starr died from heart disease on May 5, 1996 in South Park Township, Pennsylvania. She was 87 years of age at the time of her death.