See index for CTFT sketch: Original name, Sophia Kosow; born August 8,1910, in New York, NY; died of throat cancer, July 1, 1999, in New York, NY.Actress. Sidney, a character actress, gained national fame during the 1930sas a contract player with Paramount. After making her professional stage debut in 1926 at the age of sixteen, Sidney worked in theatre until the early 1930s, when she signed a film contract with Paramount. Typecast as a tragic victim, Sidney appeared in such 1930s films as An American Tragedy, TheMiracle Man, City Streets, and Fury. Quickly tiring of thevictim image, she returned to theatre in the late 1930s, appearing on Broadway in The Gentle People in 1939. Sidney continued to work on stage andappeared increasingly in television beginning in the 1950s, but she did notreturn to film until 1973, when she appeared in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams with Joanne Woodward. Sidney's performance resulted in an AcademyAward nomination for best supporting actress. In 1986 Sidney won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the TV movie An Early Frost. She continued to work into her later years, with roles inthe motion pictures Beetlejuice in 1988 and Mars Attacks! in the mid-1990s and a recurring role on the television series Fantasy Island in the late 1990s. In addition to acting, Sidney had an avid interest inneedlepoint and published two books on the subject. Married and divorced three times, she was preceded in death by her only child, a son who suffered fromamyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
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