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Sally Ann Howes est une Actrice Britannique née le 20 juillet 1930 à St. John's Wood (Royaume-uni)

Sally Ann Howes

Sally Ann Howes
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Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 20 juillet 1930 (84 ans) à St. John's Wood (Royaume-uni)

Sally Ann Howes est une actrice britannique née le 20 juillet 1930 à Londres (Royaume-Uni).

Biographie

Childhood film career
Howes was born in St John's Wood, London, the daughter of British comedian/actor/singer/variety star Bobby Howes (1895–1972) and actress/singer Patricia Malone (1899–1971). She is the granddaughter of Capt. J.A.E. Malone (died 1928), London theatrical director of musicals, and she has an older brother, Peter Howes, a retired professional musician and music professor. Her great-grandfather, Joseph Malone, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1854 during the Crimean War. Her uncle, Pat Malone, was an actor on stage, films and television.

Howes moved to the family's country house in Essendon, Hertfordshire for the duration of World War II. She was a show-business baby who lived a quiet, orderly childhood where she grew up with a nanny and was surrounded by a variety of pets and her parents' theatrical peers, including actor/writer Jack Hulbert and his wife, actress Cicely Courtneidge, who had an adjoining house. Her first taste of the stage was school productions, but as she came from a theatrical family, it was inevitable that another family friend, an agent who was visiting the Howes family for dinner, became impressed with her and not long after suggested the young Sally Ann for a role in a movie. Two hundred young girls had already been screen tested without success, and the producers were desperate to find a talented little girl to play the lead, and they asked her father to please rush in some pictures on the recommendation of the agent. The movie, Thursday's Child, was written by playwright and screenwriter Rodney Ackland, also a close neighbor to the Howes family, and it would become Ackland's directorial debut. Thursday's Child (1943) launched her career. A second film, The Halfway House (1944), led to her being put under contract by Michael Balcon of Ealing Studios, and this was followed by many other film roles as a child actress including Dead of Night (1945) with Sir Michael Redgrave, Pink String and Sealing Wax (1946), Nicholas Nickleby (1947), My Sister and I (1948) and Anna Karenina (1948), with Vivien Leigh.

At the age of 18, the Rank Organisation put her under a seven-year contract, and she went on to make the films, Stop Press Girl (1949), The History of Mr. Polly (1949) with John Mills, Fools Rush In (1949), and Due mogli sono troppe (1950).


Musical theatre on the West End and Broadway
Howes had begun taking singing lessons on the recommendation of a visiting teacher friend not only to bring out her natural talents but also in effort to lower her speaking voice which was quite high-pitched. While still in her teens, she made her first musical-comedy stage appearance in Fancy Free. In late 1950, she starred in a BBC TV version of Cinderella.

That same year, Howes accepted her first professional stage role in the Sandy Wilson musical, Caprice, forcing her to terminate her contract with Rank, with whom she'd been unhappy with the film roles and being on "loan out". She was finding gainful employment in television and radio, and she was looking to flex her singing talent, something that both Balcon and Rank had overlooked. Caprice was followed by Bet Your Life with Julie Wilson, Arthur Askey and Brian Reece. She was also simultaneously on the radio with Askey and Reece. In 1953, she starred on the West End in the musical Paint Your Wagon with her father, Bobby Howes. The show ran for 18 months. It was followed by Summer Song, also on the West End, firmly establishing her as a leading musical comedy star. This was followed by her critically acclaimed performance in the stage drama, A Hatful of Rain. In the early-to-mid-1950s, she also mixed her theatre with television appearances and even modelling, commercials and product endorsements.

She became a popular celebrity in England, even appearing as a comic-strip character in TV Fun serial comics and annuals, as a young, wholesome teacher in the wild American west at a time when Western TV shows were very popular. She appeared on the cover of many magazines, most notably Life (3 March 1958), when she was in the United States to take over from Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady on Broadway.

In late 1957, Howes was offered the part (for the third time) to enable Andrews to join the cast of the London production. She had turned it down twice before. The first offer had been to join the USA touring company of the musical, and the second time she declined the part was due to her film commitment for Admirable Crichton (1957). With the persistence of Lerner and Loewe, however, she accepted the third time, for a year's contract, but at a higher salary than Julie Andrews. She became an instant hit as a very fiery Eliza Doolittle.

In January 1958, Howes married Tony-winning composer Richard Adler (The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees) . The following December, she appeared on television in Adler's musical adaptation (which was written for her) of O.Henry's short story, The Gift of the Magi. Adler and Bob Merrill collaborated on a musical version of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage so that Howes could play Mildred.

She appeared on many TV shows including those of Perry Como, Dinah Shore and Jack Paar in 1962, The Tonight Show, plus appearing in The Bell Telephone Hour, The Kraft Music Hall, The United States Steel Hour. She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show four times.

When her one-year contract in My Fair Lady was over, she returned to Britain to tape six one-hour variety shows The Sally Ann Howes Show for the British commercial television network. She was also personally requested to sing for three U.S. presidents (Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson). She became a frequent guest panellist on game shows and was known for her quick, spontaneous answers.

She returned to Broadway in 1961 in the short run of Kwamina, another Adler musical which was written for her. She starred opposite Terry Carter. The musical centred on an interracial love story and was too controversial in a time when civil rights were hotly contested. The show has not had a Broadway revival since. Coincidentally, her father, Bobby Howes, was also on Broadway that year with a short revival of Finian's Rainbow, and a cast album exists of that show as well.

In 1962, she starred in a short revival of the musical Brigadoon at the New York City Opera and received a Tony nomination, the first performer to be nominated for a revival performance. She recreated the role in a private White House performance at the express invitation of President and Mrs. Kennedy. In 1964 she starred on Broadway opposite Robert Alda and Steve Lawrence in the energetic What Makes Sammy Run?, which lasted for over 500 performances.

She returned to familiar territory on TV in 1966 with Brigadoon opposite Robert Goulet, Peter Falk and some of her Broadway cast; it won six Emmy Awards.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
In 1967, she began the long film shoot for what would become a popular children's film, as Truly Scrumptious, the beautiful, aristocratic daughter of a confectionery magnate in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang did not, however, restart her film career or launch a career for her in episodic television despite several guest-starring roles in Mission: Impossible, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Branigan and The Men From Shiloh. Even the pilot Prudence and the Chief, which was a spoof on The King and I, did not get picked up as a TV series. In addition, musicals were now failing at the box office and that avenue was closed to her. As a result, she returned almost exclusively to the musical stage, appearing in only a few more films/TV productions.


Later theatrical career
In the 1970s, she toured Britain with The King and I and later the USA with The Sound of Music. After her debut with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera in 1972 with The Sound of Music she returned to Britain to star in the stage drama, Lover, which was written specifically for her.

In the 1970s and 1980s, she began to cross over from standard musicals to operettas. She performed two summers with the Kenley Players in Blossom Time and The Great Waltz, and she later added Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow and then two seasons of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera. She also added the role of Gertrude in Hamlet to her repertoire.

In 1990, she debuted her one-woman show, From This Moment On at the Edinburgh Festival and at a benefit for the Long Island AIDS Association at the John Drew Theatre in Easthampton, New York. Her last film was the 1992 miniseries Judith Krantz's Secrets. That marked her 50th year in film.

Recent projects include her narrations of Cubby Broccoli, The Man Behind Bond on 2000 year release of the DVD Diamonds Are Forever, The Making of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical (2002), and her appearance in the documentary, After They Were Famous - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2004).

Except for occasional lectures, charity functions and some Broadway openings, she is semi-retired, although she still hosts events or performs two or three times per year. Over the period September 2007 to January 2008, she toured the USA in the Cameron Mackintosh production of My Fair Lady, appearing as Mrs. Higgins. When she is not performing, she is an artistic advisor for the Palm Beach Theatre Guild, a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, Florida.


Personal life
Howes adopted Richard Adler's two sons, Andrew and Broadway Lyricist Christopher, (who died aged 30 of cancer in 1984) after the death of his first wife (1964).

She has been married to Douglas Rae since the early 1970s.

She is a Great Aunt to Ella, Tom, William, Ned, Joe and Jordon Howes.

Le plus souvent avec

Robert Hamer
Robert Hamer
(2 films)
Martita Hunt
Martita Hunt
(3 films)
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
(3 films)
Mary Merrall
Mary Merrall
(3 films)
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Death Ship

Death Ship (1980)

, 1h31
Réalisé par Alvin Rakoff
Genres Horreur
Thèmes La mer, Fantômes, Politique
Acteurs George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes, Saul Rubinek, Kate Reid
Rôle Margaret Marshall

A mysterious black freighter sails through the night, apparently deserted. Detecting a cruise ship close by, the ship alters course as disembodied voices announce in German, "Battle Stations! Enemy in sight!" Aboard the cruise ship, the prickly Captain Ashland (Kennedy) is making his final voyage, attended by his replacement, Captain Trevor Marshall (Crenna), who has brought along his family. Outside, the freighter heads right for them, blasting its horn, and despite Ashland's best efforts, collides with the cruise ship, sinking it. The next morning, a handful of survivors, including Marshall, his wife Margaret (Howes), their children Robin and Ben, a young officer named Nick (Mancuso), his love interest Lori (Burgoyne), the ship's comic Jackie (Rubinek), and a passenger, Mrs. Morgan (Reid), are adrift on a large piece of wreckage. Ashland surfaces nearby, and is brought aboard barely conscious. Later, the survivors come upon the black freighter, unaware it is the ship that attacked them. Finding a boarding ladder slung from the stern, they climb aboard, but not before the ladder plunges into the sea as the officers try to climb it with the injured Ashland. When all are finally aboard, Jackie tries to rally the survivors with humour, but a cable seizes him by the ankle, and he swung outboard by one of the ship's cranes, which lowers him into the water before cutting him loose, to be swept astern and lost.
The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972)

, 1h14
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Policier
Thèmes Sherlock Holmes
Acteurs Stewart Granger, Bernard Fox, William Shatner, Anthony Zerbe, Sally Ann Howes, John Williams
Rôle Laura Frankland

Holmes et Watson enquêtent sur les menaces qui pèsent sur l'héritier des Baskerville.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

, 2h24
Réalisé par Ken Hughes
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Science-fiction, Comédie, Comédie musicale, Fantasy, Aventure, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Transport, Automobile, Aviation, Musique, Films pour enfants
Acteurs Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle
Rôle Truly Scrumptious

L'excentrique professeur Caractacus Potts crée des machines plus folles les unes que les autres. Lorsqu'il invente une voiture révolutionnaire, un gouvernement étranger s'y intéresse et devient prêt à tout pour l'obtenir...
The Admirable Crichton

The Admirable Crichton (1957)

, 1h34
Réalisé par Lewis Gilbert
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Comédie romantique
Thèmes Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker, Sally Ann Howes, Martita Hunt, Jack Watling
Rôle Lady Mary

In 1905 William Crichton (Kenneth More) is the efficient butler in the London household of the Earl of Loam (Cecil Parker) and his family. Crichton knows his place in the highly class-conscious English society. The Earl insists that all men are equal, and to prove it, he orders his daughters to treat the staff as guests during an uncomfortable afternoon tea. Lady Brocklehurst (Martita Hunt) arrives and strongly disapproves of the arrangement, as does Crichton.
The History of Mr. Polly

The History of Mr. Polly (1949)

, 1h35
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame
Acteurs John Mills, Betty Ann Davies, Megs Jenkins, Finlay Currie, Shelagh Fraser, Edward Chapman
Rôle Christabel

Alfred Polly (John Mills) is a day-dreamer with his nose in books rather than keeping his mind on his work. Following his dismissal from a draper's shop, where his father had placed him as an apprentice, he finds it hard to find another position. When a telegram arrives informing him of his father's death, he returns to the family home. With a bequest of £500, Polly starts to think about what he should now do with his life, and a friend of his father's, Mr Johnsen (Edward Chapman), urges him to invest it in a shop - an idea that Polly hates.
Stop Press Girl

Stop Press Girl (1949)

, 1h18
Réalisé par Michael Barry
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Sally Ann Howes, Gordon Jackson, Basil Radford, James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More, Naunton Wayne
Rôle Jennifer Peters

Jennifer Peters is a normal girl except for one unfortunate trait. All the women in her family stop any mechanical contrivance that they travel in. As the film progresses, Jennifer stops her boyfriend's automobile, then a train she travels in without being aware of what she does. Tension mounts when a girlfriend takes ill and Jennifer takes her job; an air hostess on a Liberator airliner!
Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In (1949)


Réalisé par John Paddy Carstairs
Acteurs Sally Ann Howes, Guy Rolfe, Nora Swinburne, Peter Hammond, Raymond Lovell, Thora Hird
Rôle Pamela Dickson

Pamela Dickson (Sally Ann Howes) is about to get married to her fiancé Joe Trent (Nigel Buchanan). She is absolutely in love with him but as the wedding day comes closer Pamela is starting to question her decision to marry Joe, she is not that sure about the wedding and life time bond anymore.
Anna Karénine

Anna Karénine (1948)

, 2h19
Réalisé par Julien Duvivier
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Romance
Thèmes Sexualité, Le suicide
Acteurs Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore, Sally Ann Howes, Martita Hunt, Mary Kerridge
Rôle Kitty Scherbatsky

Anna Karénine est mariée à Alexis Karénine, un haut fonctionnaire tsariste. Délaissée quelque peu par son mari, elle tombe amoureuse d'un jeune officier, le comte Vronsky. Ils ont une liaison passionnée qui la mènera à sa perte...
Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

, 1h48
Réalisé par Alberto Cavalcanti
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame
Acteurs Stanley Holloway, Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Sally Ann Howes, Mary Merrall, Cathleen Nesbitt
Rôle Kate Nickleby

After the patriarch of the family dies and leaves them with no source of income, Nicholas Nickleby, his mother, and his younger sister Kate venture to London to seek help from their wealthy, cold-hearted uncle Ralph, an investor who arranges for Nicholas to be hired as a tutor at Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire and finds Kate work as a seamstress. Nicholas meets Mr. Squeers just as he concludes business with Mr. Snawley, who is "boarding" his two unwanted stepsons.
Au cœur de la nuit

Au cœur de la nuit (1945)

, 1h42
Réalisé par Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Thriller, Fantastique, Comédie, Film à sketches, Horreur
Thèmes Fantômes
Acteurs Michael Redgrave, Mervyn Johns, Renee Gadd, Frederick Valk, Roland Culver, Sally Ann Howes
Rôle Sally O'Hara

Les invités d'un tranquille cottage content chacun une histoire extraordinaire qu'ils ont vécue. Le premier récit est celui d'un coureur automobile qui échappe de peu à la mort. La deuxième histoire est celle d'une jeune fille rencontrant le fantôme d'un petit garçon assassiné dans un manoir. Et le troisième récit raconte comment un homme pourtant pondéré est conduit à la folie meurtrière.
Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child (1943)

, 1h21
Origine Royaume-uni
Acteurs Sally Ann Howes, Stewart Granger, Wilfrid Lawson, Kathleen O'Regan, Patrick Aherne, Felix Aylmer
Rôle Fennis Wilson

A young girl, Fennis Wilson (Sally Ann Howes), is cast in a film, launching her career to stardom, the very thing her older sister desperately wants. Stardom is the furthest thing from 12-year-old Fennis' goals in life, as she's more introspective and intellectual. When the hit - film falls in her lap, it creates tension in the family that threatens to tear the family apart, while Fennis just wants everyone to be happy, especially herself. As usual, Ronald Shiner's character (Joe) plays a decisive role