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Sylvia Miles

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“People will come and go, but theatrical memorabilia will never let you down as long as you keep it in clear plastic.”

 

Biography

American actress Sylvia Miles was one of several performers of the 1960s to parlay a vulgar, sex-obsessed screen personality into a successful career. Miles started out at the Actors Studio, then moved on to Broadway, playing fairly conservative roles. The first foretaste of things to come was Miles’s role as The Thief in the off-Broadway production of The Balcony, in which she allowed a man dressed as a judge to whip her — but only after she forced him to lick her foot! Though this kind of material is kid’s stuff today, it packed quite a wallop in 1960, and established Miles as, at best, a “peculiar” personality. In 1969 Miles was nominated for an Oscar for her brief role in Midnight Cowboy, in which she outhustles would-be hustler Jon Voight following an athletic and sometimes amusing sex scene. Her second Oscar nomination was for Farewell My Lovely (1975), in which she played a boozer with something to hide from detective Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum). The story most often told… read more

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