Sad news for Philadelphia area children’s TV fans: Our Gal Sal has died.
According to Philly.com, Philadelphia’s favorite TV cowgirl, Sally Starr, died on Jan. 27 at the age of 90, just two days after her 90th birthday.
Starr became a star in homes across the region starting in 1950, when she hosted the weekday afternoon cartoon show, “Popeye Theater,” on Channel 6. On the long-running afternoon show –which aired daily until 1971-- she introduced “Popeye” cartoons and “Three Stooges” shorts, ultimately appearing in the 1965 Three Stooges film “The Outlaws is Coming.”
Starr’s star power resonated in her many personal appearances over the years, where she turned up at area car dealerships and local parades and doled out her signature line: “Love, luck, and lollipops.”
The local legend is being remembered by some of her peers.
Carl “Captain Noah” Merbreier told CBS Philly: "She was just a beautiful woman. Everything she did was for the children. She went out to every fair, she rode on more fire trucks, she just was a real professional for the kids.”
Funeral services for Sally Starr will be private.