August 8th, 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of Sylvia Sidney's birth.
I became a die-hard fan of the tough yet vulnerable actress since encountering her in Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) on WPIX eons ago in childhood, and have always stopped to watch her work, particularly in films of the '30s and '40s. I hope that others eventually will know a bit more about Sylvia Sidney than Beetlejuice and Mars Attacks! too. Those Tim Burton movies sure have a certain appeal, but where are the accolades for You Only Live Once, The Searching Wind, or even Blood on the Sun? At least Hulu is making available episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, the quasi-classic television series that Ms. Sidney graced for a time in the pilot episode, found here. She was devastatingly funny as the formidable Mama Carlson, if a bit frightening.
To celebrate this upcoming date, I've made youtube video below . You can see more about this too seldom seen (nowadays) actress here on this site, but if you can find them, please don't miss any of her films. Alas, the next time one of her films will appear on TCM is on October 13, 2010 when Make Me a Star (1932) will be seen at 4:30 AM!
I'm hoping that someone in control of her many Paramount films will find it possible to release more of her films on DVD soon.