Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney

Highest Rated: 100% You Only Live Once (1937)

Lowest Rated: 44% Used People (1992)

Birthday: Aug 8, 1910

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

Born Sophie Kosow, Sidney was an intense, vulnerable, waif-like leading lady with a heart-shaped face, trembling lips, and sad eyes. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia, she made her professional acting debut at age 16 in Washington after training at the Theater Guild School. The following year she made her first New York appearance and quickly began to land lead roles on Broadway. She debuted onscreen as a witness in a courtroom drama, Through Different Eyes (1929). In 1931 she was signed by Paramount and moved to Hollywood. In almost all of her roles she was typecast as a downtrodden, poor but proud girl of the lower classes -- a Depression-era heroine. Although she occasionally got parts that didn't conform to this type, her casting was so consistent that she had tired of film work by the late '40s and began devoting herself increasingly to the stage; she has since done a great deal of theater work, mostly in stock and on the road. After three more screen roles in the '50s, Sidney retired from the screen altogether; seventeen years later she made one more film, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, the first Oscar nomination of her career. In 1985 she portrayed a dying woman in the TV movie Finnigan, Begin Again. Her first husband was publisher Bennett Cerf and her second was actor Luther Adler.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bitelchus Juno 2018
No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt Actor 2012
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies Actor 2001
54% Mars Attacks! Grandma Norris 1996
44% Used People Becky 1992
No Score Yet Andre's Mother Actor 1990
84% Beetlejuice Juno 1988
No Score Yet The Witching of Ben Wagner Grammy 1987
No Score Yet Pals Fern Stobbs 1987
No Score Yet An Early Frost Beatrice McKenna 1985
80% Copkiller (Corrupt) Margaret Smith 1984
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again Margaret Finnegan 1984
No Score Yet Going Hollywood: The War Years Actor 1983
No Score Yet American Playhouse Mrs. Flanner 1982
75% Hammett Donaldina Cameron 1982
No Score Yet Having It All Marney 1982
No Score Yet A Small Killing Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Shadow Box Felicity 1980
44% Damien---Omen II Aunt Marion 1978
No Score Yet I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Miss Coral 1977
No Score Yet Snowbeast Actor 1977
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe Dora Bloch 1977
No Score Yet Cop Killer Actor 1977
No Score Yet Death at Love House Clara Josephs 1976
73% God Told Me To Elizabeth Mullin 1976
No Score Yet Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Mrs. Pritchett 1973
80% Violent Saturday Elsie 1955
No Score Yet Les Miserables Fantine 1952
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger Cecily Harrington 1947
No Score Yet Mr. Ace Margaret Wyndham Chase 1946
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun Iris Hilliard 1945
No Score Yet The Wagons Roll At Night Flo Lorraine 1941
No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Mary Rogers 1939
86% You and Me Helen Dennis 1938
91% Dead End Drina 1937
100% You Only Live Once Joan "Jo" Graham 1937
100% Sabotage Mrs. Verloc 1937
100% Fury Katherine Grant 1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine June Tolliver 1936
No Score Yet Mary Burns, Fugitive Mary Burns 1935
No Score Yet Behold My Wife Tonita Storm Cloud 1935
No Score Yet Accent on Youth Linda Brown 1935
No Score Yet Thirty Day Princess Nancy Lane / Princess Catterina 1934
No Score Yet Pick-Up Mary Richards 1933
No Score Yet Make Me a Star Guest Star 1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell Joan Prentice 1932
No Score Yet Madame Butterfly Cho-Cho San 1932
No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House Kathleen Storm McNeil 1931
80% City Streets Nan Cooley 1931
100% Street Scene Rose Maurrant 1931
No Score Yet An American Tragedy Roberta Alden 1931


No Score Yet American Playhouse
Mrs. Downes Mrs. Flanner 1990
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Elizabeth Barrett 1983
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
Momma Carlson Lillian `Mama' Carlson (pilot only) 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
Olga 1976
No Score Yet Playhouse 90
Mrs. Kramer


Barbara Maitland says: We're very unhappy.

Juno says: What did you expect, you're dead.

Beatrice McKenna says: A fabulous movie! One of the most sensitive ones ever made. Tom Long

Grandma Norris says: Richie, I think these guys are very sick.

Richie Norris says: What's happend to them? What's killin them?

Grandma Norris says: I think it must be my music.

Grandma Norris says: They blew up congress! (Laughs)