Broadway and film actress Sally Ann Howes died December 19, 2021 in her sleep at her Palm Beach Gardens, Florida home at the age of 91.
Best known for her roles at Truly Scrumptious in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and her Broadway debut as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”; Howes began her theatrical career when she was only 12 years old in the British production “Thursday’s Child”.
While she appeared in only 40 film and television productions, Howes had a total of over 140 appearances on stage and screen. She made her debut in a Saturday matinee, she went on to replace Julie Andrews in “My Fair Lady”.
After portraying Eliza Doolittle, she went on to appear on the Broadway stage in “Kwamina”, “Brigadoon” – which earned her a Tony Award nomination, “What Makes Sammy Run?”, and “James Joyce’s The Dead”. She also appeared in the touring productions of “My Fair Lady” and “The Dead”.
Other stage roles include “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, “Blossom Time”, “The Great Waltz”, “The Merry Widow”, and “A Little Night Music”.
Her film and television appearances include “Pink String and Sealing Wax”, “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nicklelby”, “Anna Karenina”, “The History of Mr. Polly”, the 1950 movie “Cinderella”, “Paint Your Wagon”, “The Gift of the Magi”, “Jane Eyre”, the 1966 TV movie “Brigadoon”, an episode of “Mission: Impossible”, the 1972 TV movie “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, an episode of Marcus Welby, M.D.”, and her final role in the mini series “Secrets”.
She was born in London on July 20, 1930 to a theatrical family. Best known for her acting, she was also a talented singer and made her West End debut in 1950 in “The Boyfriend”. She also appeared in “Caprice” and the West End production of “Paint Your Wagon” with her father which helped to launch her acting career in the United States.
Howes never had any children of her own but adopted his two children when she married Richard Adler in 1958. The couple divorced in 1966.
Predeceased by her fourth husband Doug and son Christopher, she is survived by son Andrew.
Feature photo credit: Sally Ann Howes 1965.JPG