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Sylvia Sidney is a Actor American born on 9 august 1910 at New York City (USA)

Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney
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Birth name Sophia Kosow
Nationality USA
Birth 9 august 1910 at New York City (USA)
Death 1 july 1999 (at 88 years) at New York City (USA)

Sylvia Sidney (born Sophia Kosow; August 8, 1910 – July 1, 1999) was an American actress of stage, screen and film, who rose to prominence in the 1930s appearing in numerous crime dramas.


Sidney was married three times. She first married publisher Bennett Cerf on October 1, 1935, but the couple were divorced six months later, on April 9, 1936. She later married actor and acting teacher Luther Adler in 1938, by whom she had her only child, a son, Jacob ("Jody"; 1939–1987), who died of Lou Gehrig's disease. Adler and Sidney divorced in 1947. During her marriage to Luther Adler she was a sister-in-law to acclaimed stage actress and drama teacher Stella Adler. On March 5, 1947, she married radio producer and announcer Carlton Alsop; they were divorced on March 22, 1951.

Best films

Mars Attacks! (1996)
Blood on the Sun (1945)

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Filmography of Sylvia Sidney (53 films)

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Mars Attacks!, 1h46
Directed by Tim Burton
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, La fin du monde, Politique, Mars in film, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Martiens, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films, White House in fiction
Actors Jack Nicholson, Lukas Haas, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Sylvia Sidney
Roles Grandma Norris
Rating64% 3.200023.200023.200023.200023.20002
In Kentucky, a family watches an enormous horde of cattle running past their home, having caught fire, and a flying saucer leaving Earth. The ship explodes before it returns to Mars, and hundreds of other Martian ships leave Mars and head towards Earth.
Andre's Mother, 1h
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Richard Thomas, Sada Thompson, Sylvia Sidney, Richard Venture, Haviland Morris
Roles Andre's Grandmother
Rating76% 3.8405653.8405653.8405653.8405653.840565
Set at the Manhattan memorial service for Andre Gerard, who died of AIDS and was buried in Dallas several weeks earlier, the story focuses on his mother Katharine's inability to come to terms with his death or share her grief with Cal, the young man's lover. Her rage is directed not only at the man she never accepted and her own mother, who was less judgmental of her grandson's life, but at Andre himself as well.
Beetlejuice, 1h32
Directed by Tim Burton
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film, Ghost films, Comedy horror films
Actors Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Annie McEnroe, Catherine O'Hara
Roles Juno
Rating74% 3.7490253.7490253.7490253.7490253.749025
Barbara and Adam Maitland decide to spend their vacation decorating their idyllic Connecticut country home. As the two are driving home from a trip to town, Barbara swerves to avoid a dog and the car plunges into a river. After they return home, she and Adam notice that they now lack reflections and they discover a Handbook for the Recently Deceased.
Finnegan Begin Again, 1h51
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Preston, Sam Waterston, Sylvia Sidney, David Huddleston, Avery Brooks
Roles Margaret
Rating70% 3.529933.529933.529933.529933.52993
Michael Finnegan, a past-his-prime journalist, has been relegated to ghost-writing Dear Felicity, a column for the lovelorn. He and his wife live in a decaying neighborhood; his wife, still despondent over losing their young son, lives in a fantasy world. Despite these reversals, Finnegan retains his optimism: he knows human beings begin again, and again. He gets his own chance to begin again when, one day on the bus, he meets Liz DeHaan, an art teacher who is having an affair with a married man.
An Early Frost, 1h40
Directed by John Erman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Sida et LGBT, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Aidan Quinn, Sylvia Sidney, Ben Gazzara, Gena Rowlands, Terry O'Quinn, John Glover
Roles Beatrice McKenna
Rating79% 3.981343.981343.981343.981343.98134
Michael Pierson est un jeune avocat homosexuel. Quand il apprend qu'il a le SIDA, il va devoir faire face à la réaction de son petit ami Peter mais surtout de ses parents à qui il n'avait jamais révélé son homosexualité. Alors que sa mère se montre compréhensive, sa sœur enceinte refuse de le voir par peur d'être contaminé et son père est tiraillé entre son amour pour son fils et son homophobie. Michael lui-même est en proie au doute : après voir vu son ami Victor mourir à l’hôpital, il se demande s'il a une chance de survivre et si le combat en vaut la peine.
Copkiller (1983)
, 1h57
Directed by Roberto Faenza
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Harvey Keitel, Sylvia Sidney, John Lydon, Leonard Mann, Nicole Garcia, Carla Romanelli
Roles Margaret Smith
Rating55% 2.755922.755922.755922.755922.75592
Fred O'Connor et son collègue Bob, inspecteurs corrompus de la Brigade des Stupéfiants se sont payés un magnifique appartement. Mais un jeune homme mystérieux va remettre en question leurs habitudes bien rodées...
Hammett (1982)
, 1h37
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Crime
Themes Films about writers
Actors Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Elisha Cook, Jr., Richard Bradford
Roles Donaldina Cameron
Rating63% 3.1971653.1971653.1971653.1971653.197165
San Francisco-based Dashiell Hammett, trying to put his Pinkerton detective days behind him while establishing himself as a writer, finds himself drawn back into his old life one last time by the irresistible call of friendship and to honor a debt.
The Shadow Box, 1h36
Directed by Paul Newman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Joanne Woodward, Christopher Plummer, Valerie Harper, James Broderick, Sylvia Sidney, Melinda Dillon
Roles Felicity
Rating64% 3.231643.231643.231643.231643.23164
Trois patients atteints d'un cancer en phase terminale vivent dans des chalets séparés sur le terrain de l'hôpital, où ils sont soignés et reçoivent la visite de leur famille et de leurs amis proches.
Damien: Omen II, 1h47
Directed by Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney
Roles Aunt Marion
Rating62% 3.1017853.1017853.1017853.1017853.101785
A week after the burial of Robert and Katherine Thorn, archeologist Carl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern) learns of the survival of their adopted son Damien. Confiding to his friend Michael Morgan (Ian Hendry) that Damien is the Antichrist, Bugenhagen attempts to convince him to give Damien's guardian a box containing the means to kill Damien. As Morgan is unconvinced, Bugenhagen takes him to some local ruins to see the mural of Yigael's Wall, which was said to have been drawn by one who saw the Devil and had visions of the Antichrist as he would appear from birth to death. Though Morgan believes him upon seeing an ancient depiction of the Antichrist with Damien's face, both he and Bugenhagen are buried alive as the tunnel collapses on them.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, 1h36
Directed by Anthony Page
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Bibi Andersson, Lorraine Gary, Ben Piazza, Sylvia Sidney, Martine Bartlett
Roles Miss Coral
Rating63% 3.19663.19663.19663.19663.1966
The film was directed by Anthony Page. It follows a girl who is ill with schizophrenia. A doctor is asked to help her out of her state.
Snowbeast (1977)
, 1h26
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan, Clint Walker, Sylvia Sidney, Annie McEnroe
Roles Mrs. Carrie Rill
Rating46% 2.3042.3042.3042.3042.304
Former 1968 Winter Olympics gold medal ski champion (Bo Svenson) Gar Seberg and his wife Ellen, a television presenter (Yvette Mimieux), return to his home, a ski resort in the Colorado Rockies where the faded star seeks a job using his skiing skills. As the Sebergs arrive, the town's annual winter carnival is spoiled by the disappearances of a series of vacationers, later revealed to have been brutally killed by an unknown animal. There are eyewitness accounts that the culprit is a Yeti or Sasquatch, which are met with ridicule. The owner of the ski resort (Sylvia Sidney) declares that there is no such being, because she doesn't want to lose her business, and she arranges for her grandson Tony (Robert Logan) to keep the disappearances a secret. The local sheriff (Clint Walker) spreads the story that there is a lone savage bear on the loose. Tony gives Gar a job with the ski resort and confides in him about the monster. Gar's first job is to stalk and kill it. Gar keeps an open mind due to his wife's former work on a documentary about Sasquatch sightings, but is reluctant to kill it, feeling that it would be murder. He changes his mind when the monster comes to town and not only panics the population but kills the mother of the Snow Carnival Queen.
Raid on Entebbe, 2h25
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Documentary, Action, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Dans un avion, Children's films, Films about hijackings
Actors Peter Finch, Charles Bronson, Yaphet Kotto, James Woods, Robert Loggia, Horst Buchholz
Roles Dora Bloch
Rating66% 3.3444753.3444753.3444753.3444753.344475
The film focuses on the basic facts of the rescue of hostages held when hijackers belonging to a splinter group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine under the orders of Wadie Haddad boarded and hijacked an Air France plane. It recounts the events and response of the Israeli government and the controversy that the rescue stirred.
Death at Love House, 1h14
Directed by E.W. Swackhamer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Horror, Romance
Actors Robert Wagner, Kate Jackson, Sylvia Sidney, Marianna Hill, Joan Blondell, John Carradine
Roles Clara Josephs
Rating51% 2.5659152.5659152.5659152.5659152.565915
While on a tour in Hollywood, a young couple, Joel and Donna Gregory (Robert Wagner and Kate Jackson), arrive at the house of Lorna Love, an infamous actress who died in 1935. There, they meet with housekeepers Clara Josephs (Sylvia Sidney) and Oscar Payne (Bill Macy), to investigate the mystery behind Lorna and finish a book that they are writing on the actress, an interest that came out of the discovery that Joel's father was her lover. While staying at the mansion, strange incidents occur. The couple immediately notice a portrait of Lorna, painted by Joel's father, and shortly after, Donna catches a 1930s-dressed woman at the center-located shrine in the garden.
God Told Me To, 1h30
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about religion
Actors Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas
Roles Elizabeth Mullin
Rating62% 3.145063.145063.145063.145063.14506
In New York City, a sniper perched on a water tower opens fire on the crowded streets below, killing fifteen pedestrians. Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco), a Catholic NYPD detective, arrives at the scene and approaches the sniper as police officers surround the building. Before jumping to his death, the sniper, Harold Gorman, tells Nicholas that God had told him to commit the murders. A traumatized Nicholas is left to wonder how Gorman could have aimed accurately at his distance with a mail order rifle.