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Sylvia Sidney (Sophia Kosow)

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The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Sylvia Sidney was born in New York City, in the Bronx borough, on August 8, 1910 with the birth name of Sophia Kosow. Her father was Russian born and her mother was born in Romania. They divorced not long after her birth. Her mother subsequently remarried and Sylvia was adopted by her stepfather, Sigmund Sidney.

Sylvia was a shy child and her parents tried to encourage her to be more outgoing and gregarious. As an early teen, Sylvia had decided that she wanted a stage career. Read more...

Actor

Character: Valerie Briand

Thru Different Eyes 1929

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Character: Rose Maurrant

Street Scene 1931

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Character: Nan Cooley

City Streets 1931

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Character: Roberta 'Bert' Alden

An American Tragedy 1931

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Character: Patricia Harper

Confessions of a Co-Ed 1931

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Character: Joan Prentice

Merrily We Go to Hell 1932

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Character: Lillie Taylor

Good Dame 1934

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Character: Mrs. Verloc

Sabotage 1936

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Character: June Tolliver

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine 1936

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Character: Joan Graham

You Only Live Once 1937

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Character: Helen Dennis

You and Me 1938

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Character: Flo Lorraine

The Wagons Roll at Night 1941

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Character: Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974

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Character: Grandma Florence Norris

Mars Attacks! 1996

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Character: Rose Waldman

Thirtysomething 1987

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Character: Mrs. Lumenski

Dear John 1988

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Character: Beatrice McKenna

An Early Frost 1985

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Character: Sister Mary Joel

Ryan's Hope 1975

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Character: Mildred Prosser

Trapper John, M.D. 1979

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Character: Herself

Home 1954

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Character: Margaret Finnegan

Finnegan Begin Again 1985

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Character: Mrs. Cosick

The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1955

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Character: Louella Wheedron

Climax! 1954

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Character: Adela Collins

The Defenders 1961

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Character: Cousin Polly

F.D.R.: The Last Year 1980

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Character: Sadie Ross

A Small Killing 1981

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Character: Donaldina Cameron

Hammett 1982

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Character: Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother

Andre's Mother 1990

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Character: Olga Grossman

Starsky and Hutch 1975

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Character: Hannah Ellis

Route 66 1960

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Character: Elizabeth Mullin

God Told Me To 1976

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Character: Actress 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine'

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978

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