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Sidney Skolsky (1905–1983)

The famous columnist Sidney Skolsky, who perhaps has the best claim to having invented the term "Oscar" for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Award of Merit (the official name of the Academy Award, which bore the inscription "First Award for Merit" up until the 1950s), was born in New York City in 1903. A graduate of New York ... See full bio »

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 1967 Don't Make Waves
Reporter (uncredited)
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
- Conspiracy of Silence (1961) ... Reporter
 1961 The Right Approach
Newspaper Columnist (uncredited)
 1958 Teacher's Pet
Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
 1947 The Corpse Came C.O.D.
Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
 1941 Tom, Dick and Harry
Photographer (uncredited)
 1934 Gift of Gab
Movie Magazine Columnist (uncredited)
 1934 Hi, Nellie
Skolsky (uncredited)
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Reporter (uncredited)
 1932 The Sport Parade
Newsman Sid (uncredited)
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[on Richard Burton, 1952] He is astonished by the salary he now commands. He carries a copy of his movie contract around in his pocket. He still can't believe the figures are true after his years of poverty.


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