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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameSylvia Reuben Lee
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sylvia Miles was born on September 9, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA as Sylvia Reuben Lee. She is an actress, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), All My Children (1970) and Heat (1972). She was previously married to Ted Brown, Gerald Price and William Miles.

Spouse (3)

Ted Brown (4 September 1963 - 1970) (divorced)
Gerald Price (1952 - 1958) (divorced)
William Miles (1948 - 1950) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Portrayed Sally Rogers in the Carl Reiner television pilot "Head of the Family" (1959), which eventually became the basis for The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
As a revue comedy performer, she made her first TV appearance on a Bob Hope NBC show in 1950.
Second husband Gerald Price was a NY stage actor and was instrumental in prompting Sylvia to take an avid interest in developing a stage career in the mid-50s.
Infamous for dumping a plate predominantly of steak tartare (as well as potato salad, pâté and Brie cheese, not pasta which has largely been incorrectly reported) on the head of dyspeptic theater critic John Simon of New York magazine in The Ginger Man, a New York City restaurant, after he gave her a nasty, scathing review in a 1973 play and labelled her as 'one of New York's leading party girls and gate-crashers'.
A fixture on NYC's party scene, she took over colleague Andy Warhol's mantle (after his death) of appearing at seemingly every movie or gallery opening in Manhattan.
Contrary to popular belief, Miles' six minute role in Midnight Cowboy (1969) isn't the shortest performance to receive an Oscar nomination, that title belongs to Hermione Baddeley for Room at the Top (1959) for a mere two and a half minute performance. Miles performance as Cass, actually ranks fifth shortest, behind Baddeley, Beatrice Straight in Network (1976), Maria Ouspenskaya in Dodsworth (1936) and Jane Alexander in All the President's Men (1976). Six years later, she received a second Oscar nomination for an eight minute performance in Farewell, My Lovely (1975).
Her parents were both Jewish.

Personal Quotes (2)

People will come and go, but theatrical memorabilia will never let you down as long as you keep it in clear plastic.
I don't have all the answers. My life's been a mystery to me and I don't have all my history yet. I'm not departing this planet until I get an Oscar.

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