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Sylvia Sidney

Highest Rated:   100% You and Me (1938)
Lowest Rated:   38% Used People (1992)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
  • Actor
2001
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Grandma Norris
1996
38% Used People
  • Becky
1992
No Score Yet Andre's Mother
  • Actor
1990
82% 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
No Score Yet 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
80% 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
41% 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
78% 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
100% You and Me
  • Helen Dennis
1938
89% 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 Thirty Day Princess
  • Nancy Lane / Princess Catterina
1934
No Score Yet Make Me a Star
  • Guest Star
1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell
  • Joan Prentice
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

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