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December 14, 2023

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Sally Phipps in the 1920s

Born 1911 as Nellie Bernice Bogdon in Oakland, California, American actress Sally Phipps was a Fox Film star who appeared in well over 20 films, including a cameo in F.W. Murnau’s classic Sunrise. She was originally discovered by director Frank Borzage while still attending Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. She began her work at the studio starring in two-reel comedies.

Her first was Light Wines And Bearded Ladies (1926). Other comedies, both in 1927, were Girls and Gentlemen Prefer Scotch. Her first role in a feature was in Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926). Soon after, she was selected as one of the 13 1927 WAMPAS Baby Stars. Her first starring role in a feature was Love Makes ’Em Wild (1927).

Her last screen appearance at Fox was in the 1929 two-reel comedy talkie Detectives Wanted. While on Broadway, Phipps appeared as the female lead to Joe Penner in his 1931 Vitaphone two-reel comedy, Where Men Are Men. In 1935, she again played a movie-struck ingenue in another Broadway comedy, Knock On Wood, by Allen Rivkin.

Phipps died in Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in 1978, at the age of 66. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Sally Phipps in the 1920s.


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