L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sylvia Sidney in Merrily We Go To Hell, 1932

Sylvia Sidney (August 8, 1910, The Bronx – July 1, 1999, New York City), born Sophia Kosow, began acting professionally at the age of fifteen.  After attracting attention on the New York stage, she made her first film in 1929.  Her Hollywood career was at its height in the early to mid Thirties, when she was frequently cast as the girlfriend or sister of a gangster; she had a face - and those huge blue eyes - beautifully designed for cinematic suffering.  Things had wound down by the late forties and she transitioned into character roles on film and television, and continued her work in the theatre.  But with her husky voice - a result of decades of heavy smoking - and her striking, well-aged beauty, she had a late career rebound, and during the last three decades of her life she gave many notable, award-winning performances.

The beautiful costumes for Merrily We Go To Hell were, I believe, by Travis Banton, but I've been unable to verify that.

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