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Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney

An antique farmhouse in Roxbury, Connecticut was Miss Sidney's home for decades, before moving to suburban Danbury, Connecticut the last several years of her life.

Ex-wife of Luther Adler. She was at one time the sister-in-law of famed acting coach Stella Adler.

Honored with a lifetime achivement award by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. [1990]

Miss Sidney was easily identified wherever she drove by her personalized Connecticut license plate which read "SYLIE".

One child, Jacob Adler (died 1987).



One of her hobbies was needlepoint.

She became the first star actress to be photographed in 'outdoor technicolor' when she starred in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) in 1936.

She played the tragic, non-singing Cio-Cio San in the film Madame Butterfly (1932) in 1932 which led to a brand of Japanese condoms being named the "Sylvia Sidneys.".

She was a lifelong member of the Republican party.

She was nominated for a 1973 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "Suddenly Last Summer," at the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Son Jacob, known as Jody, with actor Luther Adler was born October 22, 1939. Although Sylvia and Luther divorced in 1946, they remained friends and frequently turned to each other for professional advice, even appearing together in later stage productions.

Sylvia's first marriage was to Random House publishing president Bennett Cerf, who later served as the avuncular panelist on the popular nighttime game show _"What's My Line?" (1950)(TVseries)_ of the 1950s and 1960s. Married on October 1, 1935, they separated three months later and divorced after just eight. Cerf later quipped, "One should never legalize a hot romance.".

Turned down the Casbah Girl lead in Algiers (1938) opposite Charles Boyer. Hedy Lamarr went on to fame in the role.

Wrote two books on needlepoint, which were published in the 1970s.


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