Sylvia Sidney





8/8/1910 , The Bronx, New York, USA



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Sylvia Sidney, born August 8, 1910, in New York City, attended acting school, landed a Broadway role in 1926, then a film, Broadway Nights, in 1927. City Streets, filmed at Paramount in 1931, made her a star. Her husky voice, and "the saddest eyes in Hollywood," won roles in gangster films with George Raft and with stars like Cary Grant and James Cagney in the films An American Tragedy, Sabotage, and Blood on the Sun. After a slump in the 40s, playing Fantine in 1952s Les Miserables brought new offers. Sidney guest starred in over 50 TV series, and appeared again on Broadway. After a Golden Globe for An Early Frost, an Oscar nomination and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, came a Saturn Award for Beetlejuice and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Married three times, she had one son. Her last film was Mars Attacks! and last TV role, Fantasy Island in 1998. Sylvia Sidney died on July 1, 1999.