Early Autograph of Sylvia Sidney on German Ross Photo, signed with black ink.
Sylvia Sidney was seen by a Hollywood talent scout in 1926 and made her first film appearance later that year.
During the Depression, Sidney appeared in a string of films, often playing the girlfriend or the sister of a gangster. She appeared opposite such heavyweight screen idols as Joel McCrea, Fredric March and Cary Grant.
Among her films from this period were: An American Tragedy and Street Scene (both 1931), Sabotage and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (both 1936), You Only Live Once and Dead End (both 1937).
In 1952, she played the role of Fantine in Les Miserables, and her performance was widely praised and allowed her opportunities to develop as a character actress. She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973), and she was visibly furious at losing to the 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal.
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