Sara Lane Recovery

AladdinSara “Russell” Lane recently left this message for her fans. For those who don’t know she was critically ill a few months ago but thanks to excellent health care and much love is on the road to recovery. This is her message:

I had bad stomach poisoning and was so sick I blew a hole in my stomach. The Docs say they’ve seen this before. The result was peritonitis, renal failure and the need to spend a week intubated and sometimes in soft restraints so I didn’t pull the tubes out. My dear daughter, Sara, brought me everyone’s good wishes but could only stay for moments at a time. When I transferred to a skilled nursing facility I wasn’t yet able to turn over.

All of that is behind me now. I just got home and feel strong and optimistic again. What a glorious thing to be able to sit in the sun at home and have the luxury of time and strength to read and savor your posts and cards.

My thanks and love to you all.



Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

22 thoughts on “Sara Lane Recovery”

  1. God be with you! I’m still enjoying your Virginian episodes, at 70 yrs of age!

    Pamela Janis

  2. Just finished watching Virginian loved watching you hope you have a speedy recovery praying for you

  3. I pray you have fully recovered. I am 51 and every Saturday night I visit a wonderful friend 85 yr old Mrs. Grace and we watch The Virginian together and enjoy each other’s company. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be apart of such a wonderful show. You continue to bless us all with your talents and the gift of quality television to share with family and friends. May God Bless and Keep You. Michele-

  4. Ms. Lane, I am turning 60 and I have watched the Virginian since I was a kid. Still watch the shows. Thank you for doing such a great job on the show.
    Praying for your recovery and just ask God to smile upon you with a blessing from above.

  5. I send Sara from Argentina, where the “The Virginian” warm greetings and admiration series and it does not already exist series looked more like that, Bonanza, The Big Valley, etc. But the videos are fortunately so I can continue seeing all this is still as good for mi.Con great affection, I wish him a good recovery and grateful for posting these great memories in your blog.Marcelo from Argentina !!!!

    Le envío Sara desde Argentina,adónde se vió la serie “EL VIRGINIANO” un afectuoso saludo y admiración y la pena que ya no existan mas series cómo esa,Bonanza,The big valley,etc.Pero afortunadamente están los videos y así puedo seguir viendo todo esto que sigue siendo tan bueno para mi.Con gran cariño,le deseo una buena recuperación y muy agradecido por publicar estos grandes recuerdos en su blog.Marcelo desde Argentina!!!!

  6. Sarah so glad you are better, was just watching the Aladdin episode today. What a lovely story. Thank you I love watching the old reruns, it reminds me of when I was young. TV was wonderful back then ! God bless

  7. Watch you on the saddle up weekends on INSP. Wouldn’t miss it. THANKS for a fantastic stroll down memmory lane.

  8. Just upgraded my cable TV so I can get INSP in central Wisconsin. I remember my mother saying you would attend the Dobbe and Anderson family reunions in portage county.

  9. Hi Sara, I discovered the show 2 years ago, you were wonderful! You & fellow actors were so believable.. I too became very ill 5 years ago at age 52 & went into renal failure. I now have only 30% kidney function. Pray your doctor’s continue to monitor your kidney’s. God’s blessings to you & your family.

  10. I’m watching you as I write this.The show is about a guy named Charlie a murder suspect that finds a job at Shiloh.I was saddened to hear how sick you were.Im very glad you have recovered, I hope you regain your health totally. I love the show, I watched it with my Dad before he passed, he loved Westerns so much! I’m so glad God has blessed you and you are home again with your family.I just wanted to let you know, I love you in the Virginian, thank you for so many wonderful hours.

    1. Last night I watched one of my favorites episodes, can’t remember the name but it’s about a bank teller, George, son of a retired sheriff. The best part of this show is that some episodes are great comedy too, not always just drama. Sad that shows like this no longer exist. It also reminds me of my childhood and all the shows I used to watch, including this one. I am with you on the many wonderful hours we enjoy watching them. I just got the book and was “shocked” to find out that in the original book Trampas was kind of a villain. Glad he was good on the show 🙂

  11. Was watching The Virginian and I seen your name and I thought I would look you up and see if you were still alive and what you look like today

  12. The photo of you with the beautiful white horse. Can you please tell me what breed he is? I think he is a Quarter Horse but my sister thinks he is a Andulsian. The one with the solid neck.

  13. Hi Sarah I hope you get well been watching the Virginian since it started I am 66 years old my friends call me Jim shelby hope to see you again on TV thank you

  14. Dearest Sara,
    All my life, 59 years in fact I’ve been in love with Westerns and especially one that revoke around horses. My favorite episode was the one with you and Alladin the bueatyful white stallion. Soul of my soul are the wild horses of then and now. That episode must have been written just for you and the spirit of love you brought to life on screen. You nailed it! God bless you dear Sara. Live strong and long, loving your family every moment.
    P.S. My wild Mustang mare is Molly. She was rounded up at age 3 approximated by her BLM capture and adoption records. We have been many miles thru the deserts of California and Arizona. When they said I couldn’t and she couldn’t, WE DID! Now me & my Cinderella mare are growing old together in Arizona.
    Sincerely from Joni Hiett & Molly, my beloved bay spirit of the Mustang

    1. Hi Joni. What a lovely story about your mustang mare. I live in Australia and I own a 15hh Highland Pony. How long have you had Molly?

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