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Sally Draper
S6 Sally (04)
Portrayed by Kiernan Shipka
First appearance Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Final appearance Recurring
Gender Female
Residence Ossining, NY (Seasons 1-4)
Rye, NY (Season 5)
Parent(s) Don Draper
Betty Draper
Sibling(s) Bobby Draper
Eugene Scott Draper
Grandparent(s) Eugene Hofstadt
Archibald Whitman


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 the fourth season 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.

Season 3

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.

Season 4

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")

Don was able to acquire Beatles tickets from Harry Crane. Sally received a phone call from Don, letting her know that they would be going to the concert, much to her delight. ("Hands and Knees")

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")

Season 5

In the season 5 premiere "A Little Kiss, Part 1", Sally is shown to have accepted Megan as her step mother, and to enjoy spending time with her and Don during her weekend visits. She is though at odds with her step-grandmother Pauline Francis, who she feels about 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 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 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 mad at Betty. Realizing Betty told Sally in order to stir things, Megan tells Don just to forget it because its just going to give Betty the satisfaction she wants, overhearing this Sally to get back at Betty 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. After 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 home and receives comfort from Betty. Who gives her a hotwater bottle to soothe her stomach Betty reassures her it means that "everything is working." ("Commissions and Fees")


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