Sally Kirkland

Brand X Sally Kirkland as Mrs President

Sally Kirkland was born in New York City on October 31, 1941. Her mother was an editor of VOGUE magazine and her godmother was actress Shelley Winters. She studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and began acting Off-Broadway in 1962, and was the first actress to appear nude in legitimate theater, in a 1968 production of Sweet Eros. The following year, she gave widely acclaimed performances in two classic underground films, BRAND X and COMING APART. It was not long before she made her transition to Hollywood, gaining bigger roles in film and television as the years progressed. She has had frequent television roles, including the soap operas Valley of the Dolls and Days of Our Lives, and acted in over 120 films, including Blazing Saddles, The Way We Were, A Star is Born, Private Benjamin, Double Exposure, and Fatal Games. Sally has also played alongside Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone's JFK, with Cicely Tyson and Lisa Kudrow in The Heat of Passion, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jenna Elfman in EdTV, and with Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1987 for ANNA, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In August 2011 she received "The Lifetime Achievement Award" at the New York International Film Festival and in September 2011 she was awarded "The Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Santa Rosa International Film Festival.

Sally is a minister in the Church of The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, an artist, and teaches yoga and meditation and drama. She is also a health activist including advocating for women harmed by breast implants. She founded the Kirkland Institute for Implant Survival Syndrome in August 1998 and currently hosts a show on the syndicated Healthy Life Radio Network.