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      Sylvia Sidney

      Sylvia Sidney

      Highest Rated: 100% Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

      Lowest Rated: 44% Used People (1992)

      Birthday: Aug 8, 1910

      Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

      During the Great Depression, actress Sylvia Sidney was said to possess the saddest eyes in Hollywood. The native New Yorker had only just debuted on Broadway when the movies lured her westward, where she cornered the market playing little ladies with big problems in "City Streets" (1930) and "An American Tragedy" (1930). (The actress once joked that Paramount paid her by the tear.) In time, she enjoyed more varied roles, among them "Madame Butterfly" (1932), while Fritz Lang made expressionistic use of her in "Fury" (1936) and "You Only Live Once" (1937). Sidney also found sanctuary on the stage, performing with the Group Theatre on Broadway and touring as Jane Eyre and Eliza Doolittle. Sidney was later drawn out of retirement to play Joanne Woodward's elderly mother in "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973), for which she received an Oscar nomination. The attention propelled Sydney towards a comeback, in which the diminutive yet wholly indomitable actress was a bracing presence in such films as "Damien: Omen II" (1978), "Beetlejuice" (1988), "Used People" (1992), and "Mars Attacks!" (1998). A lifelong smoker, Sydney succumbed to throat cancer in 1999, her death capping the picaresque career of a leading lady whose star shone bright.

      Highest rated movies

      You Only Live Once poster
      You Only Live Once
      Fury poster
      Fury
      Merrily We Go to Hell poster
      Merrily We Go to Hell
      Sabotage poster
      Sabotage
      Dead End poster
      Dead End
      Street Scene poster
      Street Scene
      You and Me poster
      You and Me
      Beetlejuice poster
      Beetlejuice

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      56% 53% Mars Attacks! Grandma Florence Norris (Character) $37.8M 1996
      44% 37% Used People Becky (Character) $17.1M 1992
      No Score Yet 50% The Witching of Ben Wagner Grammy (Character) - 1990
      85% 82% Beetlejuice Juno (Character) $73.5M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pals Fern Stobbs (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 73% An Early Frost Beatrice McKenna (Character) - 1985
      83% 62% Cop Killers Margaret Smith (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brass Ring Grandmother (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Having It All Marney (Character) - 1982
      77% 62% Hammett Donaldina Cameron (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Along With Me Mrs. Flanner (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Small Killing Sadie Ross (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shadow Box Felicity (Character) - 1980
      46% 49% Damien: Omen II Aunt Marion (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Siege Lillian Gordon (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 64% Raid on Entebbe Dora Bloch (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 23% Snowbeast Mrs. Carrie Rill (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 36% Death at Love House Clara Josephs (Character) - 1976
      77% 52% God Told Me To Elizabeth Mullin (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winner Take All Anne Barclay (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Night Caller Kitty (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 17% Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Mrs. Pritchett (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate Elizabeth Gibson (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the High Wall Hilda Carmichael (Character) - 1956
      80% 69% Violent Saturday Elsie Braden (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 42% Les Misérables Fantine (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love From a Stranger Cecily Harrington (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Ace Margaret Wyndham Chase (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Searching Wind Cassie Bowwman (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 35% Blood on the Sun Iris Hilliard (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 29% The Wagons Roll at Night Flo Lorraine (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Mary Rogers (Character) - 1939
      86% 65% You and Me Helen Dennis (Character) - 1938
      91% 77% Dead End Drina Gordon (Character) - 1937
      100% 78% You Only Live Once Joan Graham (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 52% The Trail of the Lonesome Pine June Tolliver (Character) - 1936
      100% 89% Fury Katherine Grant (Character) - 1936
      92% 69% Sabotage Mrs. Verloc (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Burns, Fugitive Mary Burns (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behold My Wife Tonita Storm Cloud (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Accent on Youth Linda Brown (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 66% Thirty Day Princess Nancy Lane/Princess Catterina (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Dame Lillie Taylor (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt Jennie Gerhardt (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pick-Up Mary Richards (Character) - 1933
      100% 63% Merrily We Go to Hell Joan Prentice (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Madame Butterfly Cho-Cho San (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 54% An American Tragedy Roberta "Bert" Alden (Character) - 1931
      89% 71% Street Scene Rose Maurrant (Character) - 1931
      80% 83% City Streets Nan Cooley (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House Kathleen Storm McNeil (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Confessions of a Co-Ed Patricia Harper (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Minutes From the Station Carrie Adams (Character) - 1930

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Character) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet thirtysomething Rose Waldman (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear John Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet 66% WKRP in Cincinnati Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1952