• 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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