Photo Flashback: Sally Kirkland and Robert Blake in 1988

Today we are taking you deep into the BroadwayWorld archives with this candid shot of Robert Blake and Sally Kirkland at a party at the home of Dale Olson in Los Angeles, California on August 1, 1988.

Kirkland began acting Off-Broadway in 1963. After a few uncredited and bit parts in film and television, she appeared in the UNDERGROUND film Coming Apart (1969). In the 1970s, she had small roles in popular films such as The Sting, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born and Private Benjamin. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Anna (1987), and she won a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.

Blake began performing as a child, with a lead role in the final years of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Our Gang (Little Rascals) short film series from 1939 to 1944. He also appeared as a child actor in 22 entries of the Red Ryder film franchise. He continued acting through 1997's Lost Highway for a career that author Michael Newton called "one of the longest in Hollywood history." In 2005, Blake was tried and acquitted of the 2001 murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. On November 18, 2005, he was found liable in a California civil court for her wrongful death.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Flashback: Sally Kirkland and Robert Blake in 1988
Robert Blake and Sally Kirkland attend a party at the home of Dale Olson in Los Angeles, California on August 1, 1988.

Photo Flashback: Sally Kirkland and Robert Blake in 1988
Robert Blake and Sally Kirkland attend a party at the home of Dale Olson in Los Angeles, California on August 1, 1988.

Photo Flashback: Sally Kirkland and Robert Blake in 1988
Robert Blake and Sally Kirkland attend a party at the home of Dale Olson in Los Angeles, California on August 1, 1988.

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