|Portrayed by||Kiernan Shipka|
|First appearance||Smoke Gets in Your Eyes|
|Final appearance||Person to Person|
|Residence|| Ossining, NY (Seasons 1-4) |
Rye, NY (Season 5)
|Parent(s)|| Don Draper |
|Sibling(s)|| Robert Draper|
|Grandparent(s)|| Eugene Hofstadt|
Sally Beth Draper is the oldest child of Don Draper and Betty Hofstadt. She was born in April, 1954. It isn't until Seasons 3 and 4, Sally Draper becomes more of a central character. As of Season 4 she has been promoted to a starring role.
Seasons 1 and 2
According to the timeline of the series in season one, Sally would've started off the series as a 5, turning 6 year old, 8 years old in season two, 9 years old in season 3, 10 turning 11 years old in season 4, 12 years old in season 5, and 13 turning 14 years old in season 6.
As a young girl, she is seen to have a particularly close relationship with her younger brother Bobby. We see straight away that Sally is an adventureous girl, from making her father cocktails, to smoking one of her mothers cigarettes and even being taught how to drive by her grandfather Eugene Hofstadt. From an early age she has given the impression to have garnered a particularily bad taste for her mother and has always seemed more in favour of her father. She also once claimed that her mother does not have rules for her. She also seems quite modern for her age, when she kisses Ernie Hanson, Francine Hanson's son.
In season three Sally grows particularly close with Betty's father Gene. Gene moved into the Draper household after suffering a second stroke. They engage in activities such as reading to each other and sneaking icecream before dinner, while Betty isn't around. Gene encourages Sally that she can really anything if she really set her mind to it, no matter what Betty says. It wasn't until Gene's death Sally's behaviour began to change. After her devastating loss, she scolded her parents and relatives that he is really gone and they shouldn't be laughing about it, although they were merely reminiscing over the good times they had with Gene. In order to commemorate Gene's memory, Betty decides to name her and Don's new son Gene and also sets up the nursery in Grandfather Gene's old room, which terrifies Sally to the point where she believes that Baby Gene is the ghost of her dead grandfather. It isn't until Don reassures Sally that Baby Gene is just a baby.
In 1964 and well into 1965, Sally struggles to deal with her parents' divorce. Betty's new husband, Henry Francis, and Don's endless string of girls are hard for her to accept; Sally acts out in frustration, refusing to eat at the dinner table, calling her dad in the middle of the night, and cutting her own hair. ("Public Relations") ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword")
In late 1964, while her step-father, mother, and brothers are shopping for a Christmas tree, Sally runs into Glen Bishop, who is working at the Christmas tree stand. He shows her a pocket knife attached to a woven lanyard that he made, and tells her that he will call Sally later. After Sally tells him that she hates it at home, he later breaks into the Draper residence and trashes the house, leaving Sally's room untouched. Sally finds his lanyard on her pillow and smiles. ("Christmas Comes But Once a Year")
Sally is caught "behaving inappropriately" at a friend's house after everyone else has fallen asleep (a girl at school had told her about men and women, and Sally wanted to explore herself). She is immediately taken home in disgrace by her friend's appalled mother. Horrified, Betty sends Sally to a psychiatrist. ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword")
Months later, Sally was brought to SCDP by a woman named Vivian Winters, who had found her hiding on a train, trying to avoid the conductor. Sally had run away from home because she wanted to live with her father.
Don calls Betty, who says she will pick Sally up the following day. She is left in Don's office while he finishes work for the day. And while she is quietly sitting at Don's desk, she is again told to stay in his office when Ida Blankenship is found dead at her secretary's desk.
Afterward, she is taken to Don's place by Faye Miller, who took care of her until Don came home. While she thinks Faye is nice, she wonders if her father is seeing her. She is inquisitive and even points out that Faye knew that he had peanut butter. Don obliges her request and orders pizza. The following morning she makes french toast for him, though she confuses a bottle of rum for a bottle of Mrs Butterworth's, though Don is impressed with the taste. He decides to take her to a museum for the morning. When it comes time for her to return home with her mother, she makes a scene, one that neither Don nor Faye can calm. She runs down the hall of SCDP and falls, Megan Calvet is there to comfort her. She quietly leaves the office with her mother. ("The Beautiful Girls")
After months of seeing the psychiatrist, Sally appeared to be improving. She asked why they never ate with Henry for dinner, and politely asked if she could eat dinner with him. Sally told the psychiatrist that she hides her anger. The psychiatrist was proud of Sally and all the progress that she had made.
In her free time she talked to Glen Bishop, on occasion he would offer her cigarettes and Coca Cola. One day Betty saw both of them walking together into the wooded area they hung out in, and confronted her. Later, Betty told Henry that it was time to move. Upon hearing this, Sally ran upstairs and cried in her bed, holding Glen's lanyard. ("Blowing Smoke")
In the season 5 premiere "A Little Kiss, Part 1", Sally is shown to have accepted Megan as her stepmother, and to enjoy spending time with her and Don during her weekend visits. She is, however, at odds with her step-grandmother Pauline Francis, who she feels treats her like a child. When Sally hears about the Richard Speck murders she tries to get Pauline to tell her what happened to the nurses, but she refuses.
Sally finds the newspaper article that Pauline was seen reading earlier, and becomes too frightened to sleep after reading it. Later confessing to Pauline that she read the article, Pauline gives her half a Seconal pill. In the morning when Betty and Henry arrive home, Sally is shown to be asleep under the couch (referencing the Richard Speck murders where one of the women survived by hiding under the bed). ("Mystery Date")
In the episode At the Codfish Ball, Don allows Sally to accompany him and Megan to a banquet where he is being awarded by the American Cancer Society. We are also introduced to Megan's parents Marie Calvet and Emile Calvet. Here Sally observes what it is like to live in Don's world, where she acts as Roger Sterling's "date", handing him business cards and encouraging him to talk to prospective clients. Later in the evening Sally excuses herself to go the bathroom and accidentally walks in on Marie pleasuring Roger. Later while on the phone with Glen, she describes the city as "dirty". ("At the Codfish Ball")
In "Dark Shadows" a jealous Betty tells Sally about Don's "first wife" Anna while working on a family tree for school. Confused at this Sally becomes angry at Megan, accusing her of lying to her. In turn Megan tells Don about Sally's knowledge of Anna, which then makes Don angry with Betty. Realizing Betty told Sally in order to stir things, Megan tells Don just to forget it because it's just going to give Betty the satisfaction she wants, overhearing this Sally wants to get back at Betty and pretends that the revelation meant nothing. ("Dark Shadows")
Towards the end of the season Sally spends the weekend with Don and Megan after refusing to go skiing with her family. When neither Megan nor Don can take Sally to school on Monday, they allow her to stay in the apartment. Ignoring this, Sally makes arrangements for Glen to meet with her. They go to the American Museum of Natural History, where Sally ends up getting her first period. Panicked, she flees to home and receives comfort from Betty, who gives her a hot water bottle to soothe her stomach and reassures her that it means "everything is working." ("Commissions and Fees")
Seasons 6 and 7
As Sally progresses into young adulthood, she witnesses several disturbing events, such as in season 5 when she sees Marie Calvet, her stepmother Megan's mother, fellating Roger Sterling during a business dinner, and, most disturbingly, her own father having sex with his neighbor in season 6. Don's outright denial of the reality of the encounter alienates him from Sally, and, resentful of her parents, Sally decides to attend boarding school. While at school, Sally becomes a troublemaker, smoking constantly, sneaking alcohol onto campus, and dueling with golf clubs with her friends. By the end of the sixth season, Don decides to be more honest with his children, starting with showing them the now dilapidated whorehouse where he grew up. The choice to be truthful makes an impact on Sally and she begins to forgive her father for his transgressions by the beginning of the seventh season. However, she still objects to Don's decisions in life, telling her father that she does not want to be anything like her parents. "You're a very beautiful girl," Don responds. "It's up to you to be more than that."
As the series draws to a close, Sally faces further complications of growing up. Glen decides to join the Army and fight in Vietnam, causing a frustrated Sally to yell at him and express disdain over the possibility of his killing of innocent children and bystanders. Sally later expresses regret over her outburst and, through tears, tells Glen's mother that she is sorry and wants to say goodbye to Glen before he leaves for boot camp. Later, Sally learns from Henry that her mother Betty is dying from lung cancer. On a surprise visit to the Francis household, Betty gives Sally a letter that she tells Sally to read after her death. Shortly afterward, at her dorm room, Sally goes against orders and reads the letter anyway. In the letter, Betty gives Sally a picture of Betty to show the embalmers how to entomb her and tells Sally that she loves her, resulting in Sally breaking down in tears. Later, upon learning Betty wants to send Bobby and Gene to her uncle, Sally decides to cancel her planned trip to Madrid and serve as a maternal figure to her brothers. It is also implied that she will press for Henry to raise the boys after Betty's death, since she tells Don they should not be uprooted. The final image of Sally is of her washing dishes while Betty smokes at the kitchen table.