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Who was Sally Howes?

Sally Ann Howes (20 July 1930 – 19 December 2021) was an English actress and singer who held dual British-American citizenship. Her career on stage, screen, and television spanned over six decades.

She was best known for the role of Truly Scrumptious in the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1963 for her performance in Brigadoon.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Sally Ann Howes dies aged 91

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Sally Ann Howes dies aged 91
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Sally Ann Howes dies aged 91

Sally Ann Howes, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and My Fair Lady, has died aged 91, her family has confirmed.

The Tony Award-winning actress first appeared on screen aged 12, and enjoyed a career that spanned six decades.

She was best known for playing the role of Truly Scrumptious in the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, opposite Dick Van Dyke.

Her son, the artist Andrew Hart Adler, confirmed the news to the Press Association news agency on Wednesday.

He shared an old photograph of the two of them together, saying she was now reunited with her husband of 48 years, Douglas Rae, who died earlier this year.

The London-born actress and singer “died peacefully in her sleep” her nephew Toby Howes posted on Twitter.

Sally Ann Howes Biography, Wiki

Sally Ann Howes grew up in a show business family led by her father, famous English comedian/actor Bobby Howes, her mother Patricia Malone, and grandfather, Broadway director Capt. J.A.E. Malone.

She had her first screen test offer on her 12th birthday and went on to star in several films before she turned 20, including Anna Karenina (1948) with Vivien Leigh.

At 20, she received her first starring stage role in Glasgow in the Sandy Wilson musical Caprice. This led to other musicals including an 18-month run of Paint Your Wagon opposite her father Bobby Howes at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket in 1953.

This was followed by the plays Romance by Candlelight, A Hatful of Rain (non-musical), and 148 performances of the musical Summer Song. She continued to make the occasional film during the 1950s but the stage was her main focus.

In 1958 she accepted the role of Eliza Doolittle in Broadway’s My Fair Lady, taking over from Julie Andrews.

The role had been offered to her three times previously, but film and stage commitments kept her from assuming the part that would skyrocket her fame in America.

Sally Ann Howes Biography Wikipedia
Sally Ann Howes
Born20 July 1930
St John’s Wood, London, England
Died19 December 2021 (aged 91)
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1943–2021
Spouse(s)Maxwell Coker​​(m. 1950; div. 1953)
​Richard Adler​​(m. 1958; div. 1966)
​Douglas Rae​​(m. 1972; died 2021)

Sally Ann Howes Career

At the age of 18, the Rank Organisation put Howes 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 Honeymoon Deferred (1951). She married Maxwell Coker in 1950.

On a teacher friend’s recommendation, Howes took singing lessons – not only to bring out her natural talents but in an effort to lower her speaking voice, which was quite high. 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.

The same year, Howes accepted her first professional stage role in the Sandy Wilson musical Caprice. She terminated her contract with Rank, where she had been unhappy with the film roles she’d received, and with being “lent out” to other studios. She was finding gainful employment in television and radio, and looking to flex her singing talent, something Balcon and Rank had overlooked.

Caprice was followed by Bet Your Life with Julie Wilson, Arthur Askey and Brian Reece, with whom Howes was also simultaneously on radio. She participated in a TV version of The Golden Fool.

In 1953, she starred in the West End in the musical Paint Your Wagon with her father, Bobby Howes, which ran for 18 months. It was followed by Summer Song, also in the West End, firmly establishing Howes as a leading musical comedy star.

Then came her critically acclaimed performance in the stage drama A Hatful of Rain. In the early-to-mid-1950s, Howes’s career expanded to include television appearances, modeling, commercials, and product endorsements.

Howes appeared as a comics 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 many magazine covers, most notably Life (3 March 1958), when she took over Julie Andrews’s role in My Fair Lady on New York’s Broadway.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang did not, however, restart Howes’ film career or launch a career for her in episodic television despite several guest-starring roles in Mission: Impossible, Marcus Welby, M.D., 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, film musicals were now failing at the box office, and that avenue was closed to her. 

As a result, she returned almost exclusively to the stage, appearing in only a few more films and TV productions.”I would have liked a film career, but I didn’t pursue it – I just loved connecting with an audience,” said Howes. “The theatre is a drug. The problem is that to be remembered, you have to do films.”

Sally Ann Howes Husband

Howes married Richard Adler in 1958 and adopted his sons Andrew and Christopher after their mother died in 1964. Howes and Adler divorced in 1966. Christopher was a Broadway lyricist and died from cancer in 1984.

She was married to Douglas Rae from 1972 until his death in September 2021. Howes died on 19 December 2021, aged 91.

Sally Ann Howes with her husband Douglas Rae
Sally Ann Howes with her husband Douglas Rae

Sally Ann Howes FAQ’s

Who was Sally Ann Howes?

Sally Ann Howes (20 July 1930 – 19 December 2021) was an English actress and singer who held dual British-American citizenship. Her career on stage, screen, and television spanned over six decades.

How did Sally Ann Howes die?

The London-born actress and singer “died peacefully in her sleep” her nephew Toby Howes posted on Twitter.

How old was Sally Howes?

Sally Howes died at 91.

Who was Sally Howes’s husband?

She was married to Douglas Rae from 1972 until his death in September 2021. Howes died on 19 December 2021, aged 91.

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