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The new water-cooled quartz mercury arc lamps which General Electric recently announced for use in television and motion picture studios commanded the attention of Sally Eilers, Hollywood star, during her visit to the General Electric television studio in Schenectady, N.Y.

The new lamps give off more than twice the illumination provided by incandescent lamps of the same wattage, yet disseminate only one-tenth the heat. 

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additional information 6.22.2007

Versatile blond leading lady born Dorthea Sally Eilers on December 12, 1908 in New York she studied to be a dancer before heading to Hollywood in her teens. She joined the Mack Sennett troupe in the mid-1920s, graduating from bathing beauty roles to the lead in Sennett's 1928 feature The Good-Bye Kiss; that same year, she was selected as one of the WAMPAS "baby stars." One of the busiest actresses in the early-talkie era, Sally appeared opposite James Dunn in a series of popular Fox vehicles, including Bad Girl (1931), Sailor's Luck (1932) and Arizona to Broadway (1933). She was married to Hoot Gibson in 1930, but the union fell apart as her star soared and his diminished.

While never a major star, Eilers retained her popularity into the late 1930s, tackling such tricky roles as the Aimee Semple McPherson-ish heroine in 1938's Tarnished Angels. She eased into character roles in the 1940s, the most intriguing of which was her characterization of James Lydon's mother in the 1945 Hamlet derivation Strange Illusion. Sally Eilers retired from moviemaking in 1951 after completing her work on Stage to Tucson.

Sally died January 5, 1978 in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 69.

courtesy Stagecoach Inn Museum

National Museum of American History


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