• Sydney Greenstreet

    1879 - 1954

    Sydney Greenstreet (1879 - 1954)

    Actor. He is probably best remembered for his role in the classic films “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) and “Casablanca” (1942) that also starred Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Born Sidney Hughes Greenstreet in Sandwich, Kent, England, he was one of eight children whose father was a leather merchant. At the age of 18, he left […]

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  • Sydney Lee

    1866 - 1949

    Sydney Lee (1866 - 1949)

    Lee was a painter, a printmaker & an engraver. He was best known for his paintings & prints of mountains, landscaped, town scenes & architectural subjects. He studied art at the Manchester School of Art & later worked in Paris. He was a founding member of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1920. Many of […]

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  • Sydney Mortimer Laurence

    1865 - 1940

    Sydney Mortimer Laurence (1865 - 1940)

    Artist. Famous for painting and photographing the Alaskan wilderness. Struggling and needing money, he decided in 1904, at the age of 38, to try the hard life of a pioneer prospector and joined the crowd seeking gold and riches in Valdez, Alaska. He painted little in his first years in the territory, instead prospected for […]

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  • Sydney Pollack

    1934 - 2008

    Sydney Pollack (1934 - 2008)

    Sydney Pollack was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. Some of his best known works include Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Absence […]

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  • Sydney Schanberg

    1934 - 2016

    Sydney Schanberg (1934 - 2016)

    Sydney Schanberg was born in Clinton, Massachusetts, the son of Freda (Feinberg) and Louis Schanberg, a grocery store owner. He studied at Clinton High School in 1951 before receiving a B.A. in Government at Harvard University in 1955. After initially starting Harvard Law, he requested to be moved up the draft list and undertook basic […]

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  • Sydney Tafler

    1916 - 1979

    Sydney Tafler (1916 - 1979)

    Sydney Tafler (31 July 1916 – 8 November 1979) was an English actor best remembered for numerous appearances in films and on British television from the 1940s to the 1970s. His father was an antiques dealer. After two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he first appeared on stage in London’s West End in […]

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  • Syl Apps

    1915 - 1998

    Syl Apps (1915 - 1998)

    Syl Apps was a strong athlete, six feet tall, weighing 185 pounds, and won the gold medal at the 1934 British Empire Games in the pole vault competition. Two years later he represented Canada at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he placed sixth in the pole vault event. After watching him play football […]

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  • Sylva Koscina

    1933 - 1994

    Sylva Koscina (1933 - 1994)

    She was born “Silvija Košćina” (Σύλβα Κοσκινού in Greek) to a Greek father, who had a hotel in the “West Coast” section of Split, Croatia and a Polish mother. She may be best-remembered for her role as Iole, the bride of Hercules (Steve Reeves) in Hercules (1958) and Hercules Unchained (1960). She also played Paul […]

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  • Sylvanus “Syl” Apps

    1915 - 1998

    Sylvanus “Syl” Apps (1915 - 1998)

    Hall of Fame Professional Hockey Player. A native of Paris, Ontario, Apps played for teams in the National Hockey League (NHL). At 6’00”, and 185lbs, he played the position of Center for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1943, and 1945 to 1948. He was the recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy for 1936 […]

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  • Sylvester H. Roper

    1823 - 1896

    Sylvester H. Roper (1823 - 1896)

    Sylvester H. Roper’s father, Merrick, was a cabinetmaker, born 1792 in Sterling, Massachusetts. Merrick came to Francestown, New Hampshire in 1807 and married Sylvester’s mother Susan Fairbanks in 1817. Sylvester had an older brother who was a housepainter, two younger sisters, and a younger brother who became a machinist at the Singer Sewing Machine Manufactory […]

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  • Sylvester Weaver

    1908 - 2002

    Sylvester Weaver (1908 - 2002)

    Weaver was born Sylvester Laflin Weaver, Jr. in Los Angeles, California, the son of Eleanor Isabel (née Dixon) and Sylvester Laflin Weaver. He was of Scottish descent (possibly Clan MacFarlane), as well as of Ulster Scots and early New England ancestry. He was a great-great-grandson of Charles Laflin, a gunpowder manufacturer, who came to America […]

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  • Sylvia Ashley

    1904 - 1977

    Sylvia Ashley (1904 - 1977)

    Sylvia Ashley was born Edith Louisa Sylvia Hawkes in Paddington, London, England, a daughter of Arthur Hawkes and Edith Florence Hyde. (Although she preferred giving her year of birth as 1906, the England and Wales Civil Registration Index, Vol. 1a, Page 26, shows it was recorded during the June quarter of 1904, District of Paddington.) […]

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  • Sylvia Beach

    1887 - 1962

    Sylvia Beach (1887 - 1962)

    Literary Folk Figure. A noted book-seller, she is remembered as the hub of the ‘Lost Generation’ of Parisian expatriates during the 1920s and 1930s. Born Nancy Woodbridge Beach to a long line of Presbyterian ministers, she chose the name “Sylvia” for reasons of her own, was raised in Baltimore and in New Jersey, moved to […]

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  • Sylvia Browne

    1936 - 2013

    Sylvia Browne (1936 - 2013)

    Sylvia Browne Browne grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Celeste (née Coil) and William Lee Shoemaker. Her father held several different jobs, working at times in mail delivery, in jewelry sales, and as a vice president of a major freight line. Browne was raised mostly as a Catholic, and was said to […]

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  • Sylvia Celeste Browne

    1936 - 2013

    Sylvia Celeste Browne (1936 - 2013)

    Psychic, Spiritual Medium, Author. Sylvia Celese Browne appeared regularly on television and radio, and hosted an hour-long Internet radio show on Hay House Radio. She was the subject of frequent criticism for making psychic predictions that were later proven false. She was the author of dozens of books on paranormal and spiritual topics. She discussed […]

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  • Sylvia Coleridge

    1909 - 1986

    Sylvia Coleridge (1909 - 1986)

    British Actress. She was born in Darjeeling, India and died in London, England. Film and television credits include “Bleak House,” “Tess,” “Rebecca,” “Henry VIII,” “Jude the Obscure,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV,” “Rumpole of the Bailey,” “Coronation Street,” “The Onedin Line,” “Dixon of Dock Green,” “Doctor […]

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  • Sylvia Field

    1901 - 1998

    Sylvia Field (1901 - 1998)

    Born Harriet Louisa Johnson in Allston, Massachusetts, she attended Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Field began her acting career on the stage. She made her Broadway debut at age 17 in 1918 in The Betrothal (1918). After appearing in various stage productions, Field made her film debut in the 1928 drama The Home Girl. Sylvia […]

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  • Sylvia Froos

    1914 - 2004

    Sylvia Froos (1914 - 2004)

    Actress, Singer. Originally known as “Baby Sylvia” she is best remembered as a child star who sang on radio broadcasts in the early 1920s. She was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York and was raised in the Bronx. When she was 7, her mother signed her up in a juvenile vaudeville troupe called […]

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  • Sylvia Kristel

    1952 - 2012

    Sylvia Kristel (1952 - 2012)

    Sylvia Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Pietje Hendrika Lamme. In her 2006 autobiography, Nue, she stated that she was sexually abused by an elderly hotel guest when she was nine years old, an experience she otherwise refused to discuss. Her parents divorced when […]

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  • Sylvia Lopez

    1933 - 1959

    Sylvia Lopez (1933 - 1959)

    Actress. Born in Paris, France. Died from Leukemia. Appeared in “Figlio Del Corsaro Rosso Il” (Son of the Red Corsair) (1958) co-starring Lex Barker, “Erode il Grande (Herod the Great)” (1960), “Ercole e la regina di Lidia (Hercules and the Queen of Lydia)” (1959), and “Moralista(The Moralist)” (1959).

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  • Sylvia Moy

    1938 - 2017

    Sylvia Moy (1938 - 2017)

    Born and brought up on the northeast side of Detroit, Sylvia Moy studied and performed jazz and classical music at Northern High School, before she was seen performing in a club in 1963 by Marvin Gaye and Mickey Stevenson. She was given recording and songwriting contracts by Motown, but was urged to prioritize her songwriting […]

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  • Sylvia Picker

    1912 - 1981

    Sylvia Picker (1912 - 1981)

    Radio, screen and television actress. Her most enduring role was that of Alan Ladd’s ditzy secretary, Suzi, on the radio drama “Box 13.” She also did the voice of Chuck Jones’ animated mouse, Snuffles, at times. First husband was screenwriter, Grant Garrett. (bio by: Scott G)  Family links:  Parents:  Herman Picker (1879 – 1924)  Anna […]

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  • Sylvia Plath

    1932 - 1963

    Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)

    Plath was born on October 27, 1932, in the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Her mother, Aurelia Schober Plath (1906–1994), was a first-generation American of Austrian descent, and her father, Otto Plath (1885–1940), was from Grabow, Germany. Plath’s father was an entomologist and was a professor of biology at Boston University; he […]

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  • Sylvia Woods

    1926 - 2012

    Sylvia Woods (1926 - 2012)

    Sylvia Woods (February 2, 1926 – July 19, 2012) was an American restaurateur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City with her husband, Herbert Woods, in 1962. The soul food eatery is a popular gathering place for Harlem residents and tourists not far from the Apollo Theater. Sylvia […]

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  • Sylvie Joly

    1934 - 2015

    Sylvie Joly (1934 - 2015)

    French Actress. Joly was an actress and comic who was well known for both her film appearances and “one woman shows”. She started her adult career in law, but went into acting soon after. Joly appeared in such films as “Get Out Your Handkerchiefs” (1978), “Le miraculé” (1987) and “Going Places” (1974).    She also […]

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  • Symona Boniface

    1894 - 1950

    Symona Boniface (1894 - 1950)

    Actress. Symona Boniface began her career in the theatre, where she produced and wrote plays in addition to acting. In the 1920s she entered film, where at first she had bit or uncredited parts, and occasionally a meatier supporting role. Her most important early role was in the 1931 feature ‘Dragnet Patrol.’ In 1934 she […]

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  • Syrie Maugham

    1879 - 1955

    Syrie Maugham (1879 - 1955)

    Gwendoline Maud Syrie Barnardo was born in England, a daughter of Thomas John Barnardo, the founder of the Barnardo’s charity for destitute children, and his wife, the former Sarah Louise “Syrie” Elmslie.  In a career that lasted from 1922 until her death, Syrie Maugham became a legendary interior designer credited for designing the first all-white […]

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