Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Sylvia Sidney Biography (1910-)
Born Sophia Kossow, August 8 (some sources say August 10), 1910, in New York,NY; daughter of Victor and Rebecca (Saperstein) Kossow; married Bennett Cerf(a publisher), October, 1935 (divorced, 1936); married Luther Adler (an actor), 1938 (divorced, 1946); married Carlton Alsop, 1947 (divorced, 1951); children: (second marriage) Jacob L. Addresses: Publicist--c/o John Springer, 130 East Sixty-seventh St., New York, NY 10021.
- Birth Details
- August 8, 1910
- New York, New York, United States
Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
- (Stage debut) The Challenge of Youth, Poli's Theatre, Washington, DC, 1926.
- (Broadway debut) Anita, The Squall, Forty-eighth Street Theatre, New YorkCity, 1926.
- Annabelle Porter, Crime, Eltinge Theatre, New York City, 1927.
- Mary Norton, Mirrors, Forrest Theatre, New York City, 1928.
- Amy, The Breaks, Klaw Theatre, New York City, 1928.
- Rosalie, Gods of the Lightning, Little Theatre, New York City, 1928.
- Elizabeth Girard, Nice Women, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1929.
- Patricia, Cross Roads, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1929.
- Patsy Coster, Many a Slip, Little Theatre, 1930.
- Dot, Bad Girl, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1930.
- Lola Hobbs, To Quito and Back, Guild Theatre, New York City, 1937.
- Stella Goodman, The Gentle People, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1939.
- We Will Never Die (pageant), Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1943.
- Alicia Christie, Black Chiffon, Hartman Theatre, Columbus, OH, then Locust Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1951.
- Agnes, The Fourposter, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1951.
- Fanny Benton, The Gypsies Wore High Hats, Falmouth Playhouse, Coonamessett, MA, 1952.
- Anna, A Very Special Baby, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Mrs. Kolowitz, Enter Laughing, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Beatrice Wright, "Damn You, Scarlett O'Hara," and Leslie Ross, "All My Pretty Little Ones," in Riverside Drive (double-bill), Theatre de Lys, New YorkCity, 1964.
- Mrs. Banks, Barefoot in the Park, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1966.
- Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest, Oakland Repertory Theatre, CA, 1966.
- Mrs. Hardcastle, She Stoops to Conquer, National Repertory Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, 1968.
- Mrs. Venable, Suddenly, Last Summer, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1973.
- A Family and a Fortune, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1973-74.
- Matty Seaton, A Family and a Fortune, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1974.
- Tessie, Me Jack, You Jill, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1976.
- Sabrina Fair, Arlington Park Theatre, Arlington Heights, IL, 1976-77.
- Mrs. Wire, Vieux Carre, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1977.
- Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982.
- Also appeared as Prunella, Garrick Theatre, New York City, 1926; FrauleinSchneider, Cabaret, Wallingford, CT, 1970; and Mrs. Baker, Butterflies Are Free, St. Louis, MO, 1972. Appeared in Morning's at 7 and Come Along With Me,both 1981; and 'Night Mother.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Linda Brown, Accent on Youth, U.S. cities, 1941.
- Mrs. Manningham, Angel Street, U.S. cities, 1942.
- Title role, Auntie Mame, U.S. cities, 1958.
- Mrs. Malaprop, The Rivals, National Repertory Theatre, U.S. cities, 1965-66.
- Constance, the Madwoman of Passy, The Madwoman of Chaillot, National Repertory Theatre, U.S. cities, 1965-66.
- The Trojan Women, National Repertory Theatre, U.S. cities, 1965-66.
- Mrs. Banks, Barefoot in the Park, U.S. cities, 1966.
- Mrs. Baker, Come Blow Your Horn, U.S. and Canadian cities, 1968.
- Also toured as Eliza, Pygmalion, and in Tonight at 8:30, 1938; title role, Jane Eyre, 1943; Joan of Lorraine, 1947; Kind Lady, 1948;O Mistress Mine, 1948-49; The Two Mrs. Carrolls, 1949; Pygmalion, 1949; Goodbye, My Fancy, 1950; Anne of the Thousand Days, 1950; The Innocents, 1950-51; as Cora Flood, TheDark at the Top of the Stairs, stock tour, 1960; The Silver Cord, 1964; KindLady, 1964; and Regina, The Little Foxes, 1966.
Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
- Valerie Briand, Thru Different Eyes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1929.
- Roberta Alden, An American Tragedy, Paramount, 1931.
- Nan Cooley, City Streets, Paramount, 1931.
- Patricia, Confessions of a Co-ed, Paramount, 1931.
- Rose Maurrant, Street Scene, United Artists (UA), 1931.
- Kathleen Storm, Ladies of the Big House, Paramount, 1932.
- Cho-Cho San, Madame Butterfly, Paramount, 1932.
- Guest star, Make Me a Star, Paramount, 1932.
- Joan Prentice, Merrily We Go to Hell (also known as Merrily We Go to...),Paramount, 1932.
- Helen Smith, The Miracle Man, Paramount, 1932.
- Title role, Jennie Gerhardt, Paramount, 1932.
- Mary Richards, Pick-Up, Paramount, 1933.
- Nancy Lanea/Princess Catterina Theodora Margerita Zizzi, Thirty-Day Princess, Paramount, 1934.
- Lillie Taylor, Good Dame, Paramount, 1934.
- Linda Brown, Accent on Youth, Paramount, 1935.
- Tonita Stormcloud, Behold My Wife, Paramount, 1935.
- Title role, Mary Burns, Fugitive, Paramount, 1935.
- June Tolliver, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Paramount, 1936.
- Katherine Grant, Fury, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1936.
- Drina, Dead End (also known as Dead End and Cradle of Crime), UA, 1937.
- Sylvia Verloc, Sabotage (also known as The Woman Alone and A Woman Alone), Gaumont/Janus, 1937.
- Joan Graham, You Only Live Once, UA, 1937.
- Helen Dennis, You and Me, Paramount, 1938.
- Mary Rogers, One Third of a Nation, Paramount, 1939.
- Flo Lorraine, The Wagons Roll at Night, Warner Brothers/First National, 1941.
- Iris Hilliard, Blood on the Sun, UA, 1945.
- Margaret Wyndham Chase, Mr. Ace, UA, 1946.
- Cassie Bowman, The Searching Wind, Paramount, 1946.
- Cecily Harrington, Love from a Stranger (also known as A Stranger WalkedIn), Eagle-Lion, 1947.
- Fantine, Les Miserables, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
- Elsie, Violent Saturday, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955.
- Hilda Carmichael, Behind the High Wall, Universal, 1956.
- Mrs. Pritchett, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, Columbia, 1973.
- Elizabeth Mullin, God Told Me To (also known as Demon), New World, 1976.
- Miss Coral, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, New World, 1977.
- Aunt Marion, Damien--Omen II, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.
- Donaldina Cameron, Hammett, Warner Brothers, 1982.
- Margaret Smith, Corrupt (also known as Order of Death), New Line Cinema,1984.
- Juno, Beetlejuice, Warner Brothers, 1988.
- The Exorcist III, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; MOVIES
- Elizabeth Gibson, Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate, ABC, 1971.
- Kitty, The Secret Night Caller, NBC, 1975.
- Anne Barclay, Winner Take All, NBC, 1975.
- Clara Josephs, Death at Love House, ABC, 1976.
- Carrie Rill, Snowbeast, NBC, 1977.
- Dora Block, Raid on Entebbe, NBC, 1977.
- Lillian Gordon, Siege, CBS, 1978.
- Cousin Polly, F.D.R.--The Last Year, NBC, 1980.
- Felicity Thomas, The Shadow Box, ABC, 1980.
- Sadie Ross, A Small Killing, CBS, 1981.
- Marney, Having it All, ABC, 1982.
- Beatrice McKenna, An Early Frost, NBC, 1985.
- Margaret Finnegan, Finnegan Begin Again, HBO, 1985.
- Fern, Pals, CBS, 1987.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Star Stage, NBC, 1955-56.
- Sister Mary Joel, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1975.
- Binnie Byrd Baylor, Morningstar/Eveningstar, CBS, 1986.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- Kraft Television Theater, NBC, 1947.
- Theatre, NBC, 1952.
- Playwrights '56, NBC, 1955.
- "The Helen Morgan Story," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957.
- Appeared on Climax, 1953; Naked City, Tales of Tomorrow, My Three Sons, and thirtysomething, all ABC; 20th Century Hour, The June Allyson Show, G.E. Theatre, Route 66, Playhouse of Stars, Lux Video Theatre, The Nurses, and as Adela, "The Madman," The Defenders, all CBS; Philco Playhouse, The Eleventh Hour, and Star Stage, allNBC; Broadway Television Theatre, independent; Whiz Kids; Magnum, P.I.; and Trapper John, M.D.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SPECIALS
- In the Last Place (Yom Kippur special), CBS, 1963.
- "Come Along with Me," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982.
- Mrs. Downes, "Andre's Mother," American Playhouse, PBS, 1990.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; PILOTS
- Ruth, Maureen, CBS, 1976.
- Lillian "Mama" Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati, CBS, 1978.
- Mrs. Flanner, Sense of Humor, PBS, 1982.
- Also appeared as Alma Llewellyn, The Gossip Columnist, 1980.
Credits; OTHER TELEVISION APPEARANCES
- Appeared in Dark Victory, Kind Lady, and Angel Street, all 1953; Pals; and Sense of Humor.
Credits; RADIO APPEARANCES
- Miss Anima, "The Undecided Molecule," Norman Corwin, 1945.
- (With Alfred Allen Lewis) Sylvia Sidney's Needlepoint Book, Reinhold, 1968.
- (With Lewis) The Sylvia Sidney Question and Answer Book on Needlepoint, Galahad Books, 1974.
- Films in Review, January, 1966.