Sylvia Miles

Birthday: Sep 9, 1932
Birthplace: Not Available
American actress Sylvia Miles was one of several performers of the 1960s to parlay a vulgar, sex-obsessed screen personality into a successful career. Miles started out at the Actors Studio, then moved on to Broadway, playing fairly conservative roles. The first foretaste of things to come was Miles's role as The Thief in the off-Broadway production of The Balcony, in which she allowed a man dressed as a judge to whip her -- but only after she forced him to lick her foot! Though this kind of material is kid's stuff today, it packed quite a wallop in 1960, and established Miles as, at best, a "peculiar" personality. In 1969 Miles was nominated for an Oscar for her brief role in Midnight Cowboy, in which she outhustles would-be hustler Jon Voight following an athletic and sometimes amusing sex scene. Her second Oscar nomination was for Farewell My Lovely (1975), in which she played a boozer with something to hide from detective Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum). The story most often told about Miles concerns the time she responded to a bad review from critic John Simon by dumping a greasy plate of food on his head. Less often told is the story of how Miles came awfully close to being a regular on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In the 1959 Van Dyke pilot, then titled Head of the Family, Miles played comedy writer Sally Rogers -- the role ultimately played by another outspoken actress, Rose Marie.

Highest Rated Movies



55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Realtor $52.5M 2010
68% Go Go Tales Lillian Murray 2007
100% Superstar in a Housedress Actor 2004
0% High Times' Potluck Ma 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
90% The Cockettes Actor 2002
77% Denise Calls Up Gale's Aunt 1996
86% Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol Actor 1990
44% She-Devil Mrs. Fisher 1989
50% Spike of Bensonhurst Congresswoman 1988
91% Crossing Delancey Hannah Mandelbaum 1988
78% Wall Street Realtor 1987
No Score Yet Cannon Movie Tales: Sleeping Beauty Wicked fairy godmother 1987
No Score Yet Critical Condition Maggie 1987
No Score Yet Portrait of an Artist: Warhol Actor 1987
No Score Yet No Big Deal Actor 1983
86% Evil Under the Sun Myra Gardener 1982
71% The Funhouse Mme. Zena 1981
No Score Yet Shalimar (Deadly Thief) (Raiders of the Sacred Stone) Actor 1978
No Score Yet Zero to Sixty Flo 1978
47% The Sentinel Gerde 1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) Mike 1976
No Score Yet 92 in the Shade Bella Knowles 1975
84% Farewell, My Lovely Mrs. Florian 1975
No Score Yet Psychomania Silvia 1973
100% Heat Sally Todd 1972
50% The Last Movie Script Girl 1971
No Score Yet Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? Christine 1971
90% Midnight Cowboy Cass 1969
No Score Yet Violent Midnight Silvia 1963
No Score Yet Parrish Eileen 1961
No Score Yet Murder, Inc. Sadie 1960


72% Life on Mars
Mrs. Salvaggio
  • 2008
71% Sex and the City
  • 2002
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Mrs. Goldman
  • 1985
No Score Yet All My Children
Jackie Diamond