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Sylvia Sidney (I) (1910–1999)


Sylvia Sidney was born in New York City, in the Bronx borough, on August 8, 1910 with the birth name of Sophia Kosow. Her father was Russian born and her mother was born in Romania. They divorced not long after her birth. Her mother subsequently remarried and Sylvia was adopted by her stepfather, Sigmund Sidney. Sylvia was a shy child and her ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 1998 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Clia
- Let Go (1998) ... Clia
- Estrogen (1998) ... Clia
- Secret Self (1998) ... Clia
- Dying to Dance (1998) ... Clia
- We're Not Worthy (1998) ... Clia
 1993 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Alice
- Miracle Cure (1993) ... Alice
 1992 Used People
Becky
 1991 The Man in the Family (TV Series)
Mrs. Panetta
- Honor Bound (1991) ... Mrs. Panetta
 1982-1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother / Mrs. Flanner
- Andre's Mother (1990) ... Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother
- Come Along with Me (1982) ... Mrs. Flanner
 1990 The Witching of Ben Wagner (TV Movie)
Grammy (Regina's Grandmother)
 1989 thirtysomething (TV Series)
Rose Waldman
- Be a Good Girl (1989) ... Rose Waldman
 1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Judge
- Trial by Ordeal (1989) ... Judge
 1988 Dear John (TV Series)
Mrs. Lumenski
- Dancing in the Dark (1988) ... Mrs. Lumenski
 1988 Beetlejuice
Juno
 1987 Pals (TV Movie)
Fern Stobbs
 1986 Morningstar/Eveningstar (TV Series)
Binnie Baylor
- Episode #1.7 (1986) ... Binnie Baylor
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Binnie Baylor
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Binnie Baylor
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Binnie Baylor
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Binnie Baylor
 1985 An Early Frost (TV Movie)
Beatrice McKenna
 1985 Finnegan Begin Again (TV Movie)
Margaret Finnegan
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mildred Prosser
- Aunt Mildred Is Watching (1984) ... Mildred Prosser
 1984 Whiz Kids (TV Series)
Dolly
- The Lollypop Gang Strikes Back (1984) ... Dolly
 1984 Domestic Life (TV Series)
Mrs. Moskewicz
- Small Cranes Court (1984) ... Mrs. Moskewicz
 1983 The Brass Ring (TV Movie)
Grandmother
 1983 Order of Death
Margaret Smith
 1982 Having It All (TV Movie)
Marney
 1982 Hammett
Donaldina Cameron
 1981 A Small Killing (TV Movie)
Sadie Ross
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Natalie
 1980 The Shadow Box (TV Movie)
Felicity
 1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year (TV Movie)
Cousin Polly
 1980 The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)
Alma Lewellyn
 1979 California Fever (TV Series)
Mother
- Movin' Out (1979) ... Mother
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Agatha
- Superstar (1979) ... Agatha
 1978 Kaz (TV Series)
- A Fine Romance (1978)
 1978 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Mama Carlson
 1978 Damien: Omen II
Aunt Marion
 1978 Siege (TV Movie)
Lillian Gordon
 1977 Westside Medical (TV Series)
 1977 Snowbeast (TV Movie)
Mrs. Carrie Rill
 1976 Raid on Entebbe (TV Movie)
Dora Bloch
 1976 God Told Me To
Elizabeth Mullin
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Olga Grossman
- Gillian (1976) ... Olga Grossman
 1976 Death at Love House (TV Movie)
Clara Josephs
 1975-1976 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Sister Mary Joel
- Episode #1.128 (1976) ... Sister Mary Joel
- Episode #1.50 (1975) ... Sister Mary Joel
- Episode #1.49 (1975) ... Sister Mary Joel
 1975 Winner Take All (TV Movie)
Anne Barclay
 1975 The Secret Night Caller (TV Movie)
Kitty
 1971 Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Gibson
 1969 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Miss Houk
- Teacher's Pet (1969) ... Miss Houk
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Sands
- To All My Friends on Shore (1964) ... Mrs. Sands
 1961-1964 Route 66 (TV Series)
Lonnie Taylor / Hannah Ellis
- Child of a Night (1964) ... Lonnie Taylor
- Like a Motherless Child (1961) ... Hannah Ellis
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Arnold
- Five Moments Out of Time (1963) ... Mrs. Arnold
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Adela Collins
- Madman: Part 2 (1962) ... Adela Collins
- Madman: Part 1 (1962) ... Adela Collins
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Florence
- A Hole in the City (1961) ... Florence
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Beulah
- Escape (1960) ... Beulah
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Gloria Roma
- Lear vs. the Committeeman (1960) ... Gloria Roma
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mrs. Kramer / Mrs. Golden / Lulu Morgan
- No Time at All (1958) ... Mrs. Kramer
- The Gentleman from Seventh Avenue (1958) ... Mrs. Golden
- The Helen Morgan Story (1957) ... Lulu Morgan
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Circle of Fear (1957)
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Louella Wheedron
- The Gold Dress (1957) ... Louella Wheedron
 1956 Behind the High Wall
Hilda Carmichael
 1955-1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Meg Fraser
- More Than Kin (1956) ... Meg Fraser
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Cosick
- Man on the Ledge (1955) ... Mrs. Cosick
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Sophie
- The Heart's a Forgotten Hotel (1955) ... Sophie
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Toy Lady (1955)
 1953-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Laura Blake
- Deception (1955) ... Laura Blake
 1955 Violent Saturday
Elsie Braden
 1953-1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- The Hickory Limb (1955)
- Johnny Came Home (1953)
 1952-1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Elizabeth / Mary Herries / Judith Traherne / ...
- Angel Street (1953) ... Elizabeth
- Kind Lady (1953) ... Mary Herries
- Dark Victory (1953) ... Judith Traherne
- Climax (1953) ... Adelina
- The Letter (1952) ... Leslie Crosbie
 1953 Joseph Schildkraut Presents (TV Series)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Laura Barrie / Joyce
- Pattern for Glory (1952) ... Laura Barrie
- Night Be Quiet (1952) ... Joyce
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Natalie
- Time to Go (1952) ... Natalie
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Experiment (1952)
 1952 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 Screen Snapshots 1860: Howdy, Podner (Short)
Sylvia Sidney
 1947 Love from a Stranger
Cecily Harrington
 1946 Mr. Ace
Margaret Wyndham Chase
 1946 The Searching Wind
Cassie Bowwman
 1941 The Wagons Roll at Night
Flo Lorraine
 1939 ...One Third of a Nation...
Mary Rogers (as Sylvia Sydney)
 1938 You and Me
Helen Dennis
 1937 Dead End
Drina
 1937 You Only Live Once
Joan Graham
 1936 Sabotage
Mrs. Verloc (as Sylvia Sydney)
 1936 Fury
Katherine Grant
 1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive
Mary Burns
 1935 Accent on Youth
Linda Brown
 1934 Behold My Wife
Tonita Storm Cloud
 1934 Thirty Day Princess
Nancy Lane / Princess Catterina
 1934 Good Dame
Lillie Taylor
 1933 Jennie Gerhardt
Jennie Gerhardt
 1933 Pick-up
Mary Richards
 1932 Merrily We Go to Hell
Joan Prentice
 1932 The Miracle Man
Helen Smith aka Helen Vail
 1931 Ladies of the Big House
Kathleen Storm McNeil
 1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed
Patricia Harper
 1931 City Streets
Nan Cooley
 1930 Five Minutes from the Station (Short)
Carrie Adams
 1929 Thru Different Eyes
Valerie Briand
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Mirrors. Written by Milton Herbert Gropper. Directed by Albert Lewis. Forrest Theatre: 18 Jan 1928- Jan 1928 (closing date unknown/13 performances). Cast: Patricia Barclay, Joan Brown, Dorothea Chard (as "Phyllis Langdon"), Bruce Evans, Franklyn Fox (as "Donald Dean"), Gene Raymond (as "Calvin Trask") [credited as Raymond Guion... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sylvia Sydney

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'd be the girl of the gangster... then the sister who was bringing up the gangster... then the mother of the gangster... and they always had me ironing somebody's shirt. See more »

Trivia:

Wrote two books on needlepoint, which were published in the 1970s. See more »

Trademark:

Husky voice

Nickname:

The Saddest Eyes in Hollywood See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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