Sally Kirkland

Sally Kirkland (born October 31, 1941) is an American film, television and stage actress.[1][2] She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Anna (1987). She won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role and received awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association,[3][4] and the Independent Spirit Awards. She earned a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Haunted (1991). Kirkland is also known for her roles in Cold Feet (1989), Best of the Best (1989),[5] JFK (1991)[6] and Bruce Almighty (2003).[7]

Sally Kirkland
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Sally Kirkland (2014)
Born (1941-10-31) October 31, 1941 (age 79)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1960–present

Early lifeEdit

Kirkland was born in New York City. 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.[8] Her father, Frederic McMichael Kirkland, worked in the scrap metal business.[9]


Kirkland began acting Off-Broadway in 1963.[10] 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),[11] and she won a Golden Globe Award,[12] a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award,[3][4] and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.[11][13] Her performance received widespread critical praise, in a performance that the Washington Post deemed "superb"[14] and the Los Angeles Times rated her as one of the best actresses of the decade.[15]

Kirkland hosts a weekly program on the syndicated HealthyLife Radio Network.[16] Kirkland has had frequent television roles, including Three's Company, The Incredible Hulk, Murder, She Wrote, High Tide, Roseanne, Charlie's Angels,[17] Baretta, Starsky & Hutch, and the soap operas Valley of the Dolls and Days of Our Lives. Films in which she has appeared include EDtv, JFK, Adam & Steve and Coffee Date.

In 2019, she starred in the film Cuck.[18][19] In 2020, she starred in the Amazon release film Hope For The Holidays with Robert Lasardo, Doug Hutchison, Alex Cubis George Stults.[20]

Other work and activismEdit

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.[21]

Kirkland is an ordained minister in the church of Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.[22]

She is a gallery-shown painter[23] and a noted acting teacher whose students have included Sandra Bullock, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Dwight Yoakam, and Roseanne Barr, among others.[24][25]



Year Title Role Notes
1968 Blue Sara Lambert
1969 Coming Apart Joann
1969 Futz Merry Lee
1971 Going Home Ann Graham
1973 The Way We Were Pony Dunbar
1973 The Sting Crystal
1975 The Noah Friday Anne (voice)
1975 Bite the Bullet Honey
1975 Crazy Mama Ella Mae
1975 Breakheart Pass Jane Marie
1976 Pipe Dreams Two Street Betty
1976 A Star Is Born Photographer
1977 Flush Janet
1979 Hometown U.S.A. Gwen
1980 Private Benjamin Helga
1982 Human Highway Kathryn
1984 Love Letters Sally
1984 Fatal Games Diane Paine
1987 Anna Anna
1989 White Hot Harriet
1989 Paint It Black Maria Easton
1989 Cold Feet Maureen
1989 Best of the Best Kathryn Wade
1989 High Stakes Bambi / Melanie Rose
1990 Two Evil Eyes Eleonora Segment: "The Black Cat"
1990 Revenge The Rock Star
1990 Bullseye! Willie
1991 JFK Rose Cheramie
1992 In the Heat of Passion Lee Adams
1992 The Player Sally Kirkland
1992 Forever Angelica
1992 Hit the Dutchman Emma Flegenheimer
1992 Primary Motive Helen Poulas
1992 Double Threat Monica Martel
1992 Stringer Joan
1993 Paper Hearts Jenny
1993 Eye of the Stranger Lori
1994 Gunmen Bennett
1995 Guns and Lipstick Danielle Roberts
1997 Amnesia Charlene Hunt
1997 Excess Baggage Louise Doucette
1998 Wilbur Falls Roberta Devereaux
1998 Paranoia Dr. Kurtzwell
1998 The Island Marilyn Monroe
1999 EDtv Jeanette
1999 Starry Night Det. Brook Murphy
2001 Thank You, Good Night Doreen
2001 Out of the Black Elizabeth Malby
2001 A Month of Sundays Katherine St. Croix
2001 Wish You Were Dead Penelope Wilson
2002 The Rose Technique Helen
2003 Bruce Almighty Anita Mann
2004 Mango Kiss Emilia
2004 Bloodlines Joyce
2005 Neo Ned Shelly Nelson
2005 Adam & Steve Mary
2005 What's Up, Scarlet? Ruth Zabrinski
2005 Chandler Hall Sally
2006 Off the Black Marianne Reynolds
2006 A-List Olga
2006 Fingerprints Mary
2006 Coffee Date Mrs. Muller
2007 Big Stan Jury Madam Foreman
2007 Resurrection Mary Lois
2007 Blind Spot Penelope Denmore Short
2008 Richard III Queen Margaret
2008 Oak Hill Elizabeth St. James
2008 Bald Mrs. Elise Stern
2010 House Under Siege Pat Mazur
2010 Lights Out Rose
2011 The Last Gamble Sally
2011 The Wayshower Jeena
2011 The Wishmakers Mary
2011 Division III: Football's Finest Crystal Vice
2012 Archaeology of a Woman Margaret
2012 Broken Roads Mrs. Wallace
2012 Posey Posey Short
2013 Awakened Harriet Bendi
2013 The Visitor from Planet Omicron Jen
2014 Ron and Laura Take Back America Sally
2014 The Bride From Vegas Suzy 'The Salt Shaker'
2014 Suburban Gothic Virginia
2014 Tom in America Betty Short
2015 Buddy Hutchins Bertha
2016 The Code of Cain Elisabeth
2016 Courting Des Moines Maxine Jackson
2016 Trash Fire Florence
2016 Buddy Solitaire Hanna
2017 Making a Killing Dolores
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America Lena Christina
2017 Price for Freedom Francine Wayne
2017 Gnaw (Apartment 212) Claudette
2018 Get Married or Die Margaret
2018 The Second Coming of Christ Stella
2018 Los Angeles Overnight Mrs. Chantilly
2019 Cuck Mother
2008 Mollie & Friends Elizabeth St. James
2018 Sarah Q Helena
2018 Wally Got Wasted Marilyn Tuttlebaum
TBD When It Rings[26] Lesley Judd Post-production
2019 Paint It Red Adele
2020 Hell Hole Dr. Parker
2020 Hope for the Holidays[27] Georgia
2020 Invincible Dr. Quade
2021 The Trouble Ms Greyson Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1965 New York Television Theatre Barbara Fiers "The Drapes Come"
1973 Hawaii Five-O Betty Rowan "Murder Is a Taxing Affair"
1974 Toma Rita "The Big Dealers"
1974 Kojak Gloria "Cop in a Cage"
1975 The Kansas City Massacre Wilma Floyd TV film
1975 Death Scream Mary TV film
1975 Bronk Policewoman Haley / Billie "Open Contract", "The Fifth Victim"
1975 Petrocelli Joan Arnold "Too Many Alibis"
1976 Baretta Rita "The Left Hand of the Devil"
1976 The Rookies Carol Brenner "From Out of the Darkness"
1976 Griffin and Phoenix Jody TV film
1976 Captains and Kings Aggie "Chapter VIII"
1977 Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? Della Bianco TV film
1977 Three's Company Sally "Jack Looks for a Job"
1978 Kojak Shirley "May the Horse Be with You"
1978 Starsky & Hutch Greta Wren / Dora Pruitt "Photo Finish"
1978 The Incredible Hulk Margaret Hollinger "A Child in Need"
1978 Lou Grant Dr. Eilene Peterson "Slaughter"
1979 Visions Yvette "Ladies in Waiting"
1979 Supertrain Katherine Sully "A Very Formal Heist"
1979 Charlie's Angels Lonnie "Caged Angel"
1980 Willow B: Women in Prison Kate Stewart TV film
1980 The Georgia Peaches Vivian Stark TV film
1981 Charlie's Angels Laurie Archer "Taxi Angels"
1982 Lou Grant Vicky Doppler "Law"
1982 Insight Ruth "So Little Time"
1983 Falcon Crest Ella "Solitary Confinements", "The Betrayal"
1989 Trying Times Agripina Gravanescu-Smith "Death and Taxes"
1990 Heat Wave Mrs. Canfield TV film
1990 Steel Magnolias Truvy Jones TV film
1990 Largo Desolato Suzana TV film
1991 The Haunted Janet Smurl TV film
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Mary Morris "Zero Hour"
1992 Raven Flori "Flori and Dori"
1992 Double Jeopardy Det. Phyllis Camden TV film
1992–93 Roseanne Barbara Healy "It's No Place Like Home for the Holidays", "It's a Boy"
1993 The Woman Who Loved Elvis Sandee Sloop TV film
1993 Jack's Place Peg "Play It Again, Jack"
1993 Double Deception Anita Cortez TV film
1994 Valley of the Dolls Helen Lawson Main role
1994 Picture Windows Blossom "Song of Songs"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Evelyn Colby "The Scent of Murder"
1996 High Tide Matilda "The Curse of the High Tide"
1996 Goode Behavior Molly "Goode Golly, Miss Molly"
1997 Women: Stories of Passion Annie "Hotel Magic"
1997 The Hunger Mrs. Garington "Bridal Suite"
1997 Get a Clue Sydelle Pulaski TV film
1998 Brave New World Linda TV film
1999 Days of Our Lives Tracey Simpson Supporting role (22 episodes)
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Wanda "Simple Wooden Boxes"
1999 Felicity Prof. Annie Sherman Guest role (season 2)
2000 Another Woman's Husband Roxie TV film
2001 Strong Medicine Stella Riggs "Donors"
2001 Resurrection Blvd. Mrs. De La Vega "El Que Necesita"
2002 Night of the Wolf Rose Handy TV film
2002 Another Pretty Face Sylvie Tucker TV film
2005 Wanted Sheila Beckwith "The Promise of Darkness"
2007 The Simple Life: Goes to Camp Herself
2010 The Agency Max TV series
2010 Criminal Minds May Walden "Reflection of Desire"
2011 Paul Cruz: Latin Actor (A Mockuseries) Sally Kirkland "Arrested No Development", "The Brother's Grim", "The Stereotype"
2013 Bennington Gothique Grand Wentworth (voice) TV series
2014 Theatre Fantastique Louisa Mae "The Happy Home of the Murderous Mahones"
2014 All I Want for Christmas Gwen TV film
2015 40's and Failing Flora TV series
2017 Conversations in L.A. Evelyn James "First Step"
2017 Good Samaritans Olivia De Mills "What Do You Say We Get You a Puppy?"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1987 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress (tied with Holly Hunter for Broadcast News) Anna Won
1988 Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Anna Nominated
1988 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Anna Won
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Anna Won
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Haunted Nominated
1997 California Independent Film Festival Best Actress Blind Spot Won
1999 Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Daytime Serial Days of Our Lives Won
2003 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actress Wish You Were Dead Nominated
2005 La Femme International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2013 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Best Actress Posey Won
2013 Studio City Film Festival Best Actress: Short Film Posey Won
2013 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Best Actress – Short Film Posey Won
2015 Madrid International LGBT Film Festival Special Mention (shared with Burt Young) Tom in America Won
2015 Long Island International Film Expo Best Actress Tom in America Won
2015 Maverick Movie Awards Best Actress: Short Tom in America Nominated
2016 Queens World Film Festival Best Actress in a Short Tom in America Nominated


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  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (December 20, 1991). "Review/Film: J.F.K.; When Everything Amounts to Nothing (Published 1991)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
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  15. ^ "Picking the Decade's Best Directors, Performances". Los Angeles Times. December 29, 1989. p. 97. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
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  17. ^ "Charlie's Angels". Retrieved January 1, 2021.
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  25. ^ "A Woman of Meditation and a Million Words". Los Angeles Times. August 27, 2002. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  26. ^ McNary, Dave (July 27, 2017). "Sally Kirkland, Mel Novak Starring in Thriller 'When It Rings' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
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