Mary Loos

Mary Loos (May 6, 1910 – October 11, 2004) was an American actress, screenwriter, TV writer, and novelist.[1] She was occasionally credited under her full name, Mary Anita Loos.

Mary Loos
Mary Anita Loos

(1910-05-06)May 6, 1910
San Diego
DiedOctober 11, 2004(2004-10-11) (aged 94)
EducationStanford University
OccupationActress, writer
Spouse(s)Richard Sale
Carl von Saltza
ChildrenEdward Clifford Sale

Born in San Diego, she was the daughter of Dr. Clifford Loos, co-founder of the Ross-Loos Medical Clinic and the Ross-Loos Medical Group, the first health maintenance organization (HMO) in the United States. She was the niece of screenwriter Anita Loos.

Mary Loos died in Monterey, California, aged 94, due to complications following a stroke.[2]


After graduating from Stanford, Loos worked in the publicity department of Fox Films. In the mid-1930s she turned to acting, and had roles in several Fox pictures.[3] She began her career as a publicist in New York before moving out to the West Coast and working as a screenwriter in 1941.[2] She and her first husband, Richard Sale, wrote about 20 successful screenplays together before divorcing.[4] After working with her husband, Loos continued in the written field. She became a story editor for Mike Frankovich Productions. She was both co-creator and one of the writers for Yancy Derringer (1958-1959), an American Western TV series. Bantam Books also published some of her novels. In her lifetime she wrote four total: "The Beggars Are Coming," "Belinda," "Barstow Legend" and "Pride of Lovers."[5]

Second Marriage

Later in life, she married Carl von Saltza, whom she had met decades earlier while attending Stanford University and had previously been engaged to.[4] However, the engagement fell apart due to the economic stance of the country at the time. The couple lost contact after school when Mary's career in public relations became successful and Carl joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.

After Carl was fighting in World War II, Mary left New York to go to Hollywood, where she met her first husband, Richard Sale. In an interview, Loos claimed the marriage “was a great writing team but never a great marriage.” The marriage ended up failing and Loos left with her son Edward to Santa Monica. She continued writing creatively as a divorced mother for 20 years until May 4, 1989, when she was visiting a friend and saw the name of the man she once loved on a mailbox. She found out it was actually the Carl von Saltza from her past and they agreed to meet in Monterey. When they met again, it was instant attraction. Loos stayed the weekend for Carl’s birthday weekend and she met his two sons, two daughters, five grandchildren.

After the weekend, Carl already talked about remarrying with Loos, and on January 6, after 50 years without any contact, the couple became official.[6]

Selected filmography/Written Screenplays


  1. The New York Times
  2. "Passings". The Los Angeles Times. October 25, 2004. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (2004-10-23). "Mary Loos von Salza". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  4. Thompson, Zan (December 17, 1989). "One Couple's Very Long Walk Down the Aisle". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. From Times Staff and Wire Reports (Oct 25, 2004). "Obituaries; PASSINGS; Mary von Saltza, 94; Screenwriter, Actress,Publicist, Novelist: [HOME EDITION]". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Interactive, LLC.
  6. "One Couple's Very Long Walk Down the Aisle". Los Angeles Times. 1989-12-17. Retrieved 2019-09-26.

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