Pony Sherrell Metcalf, age undisclosed, who performed with her sister as the Sherrell Sisters and later worked in Hollywood musicals and nightclub acts, died Dec. 8 in New York of a heart attack.
Born Doris Gislen in New York, she started out in radio with her sister Grace. As the Sherrell Sisters, they appeared on the “Horn And Hardart Hour,” “Uncle Don’s Radio Show” and on the Loews and RKO circuits. The team eventually got its own radio show on WOR New York.
Later, the sisters performed with Rudy Vallee, Ken Murray’s Blackouts and the singer Gene Austin. Pony Sherrell married Austin, and the Sherrell Sisters continued to perform with him. When the couple separated, the sisters moved to California to appear in Hollywood musicals.
In the 1950s, Sherrell collaborated with Philip Moody on films such as “So This Is Paris” and “The Second Greatest Sex.” The team then wrote and produced stage shows for Mae West, Betty Grable, the Ritz Bros., Anna Maria Alberghetti, Marilyn Maxwell and others.
They also worked with producer Donn Ardon. While working at New York’s Latin Quarter, Sherrell met Jess Metcalf, a Texas financier. Once married, they divided their time between houses in New York, Connecticut and California. Jess Metcalf died in 1972.
Survived by her sister, Grace, who is married to Philip Moody.