Sylvia Miles, who was nominated for an Oscar after a six-minute appearance on screen, has died aged 94. Sylvia's brief, scene-stealing appearance in Midnight Cowboy earned her an Academy Award nomination and she repeated the feat with Oscar recognition for her role in Farewell, My Lovely. Sylvia died in an ambulance in New York on the way to a hospital after complaining to a home health care worker that she was not feeling well, her friend, fashion-industry publicist Mauricio Padilha revealed.
The cause of her passing has not been disclosed as yet. Sylvia was not widely known until her six minutes on screen in 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy. In her sole scene, Sylvia played a brassy Manhattan woman who invites an aspiring male prostitute from Texas, played by Jon Voight, up to her penthouse for sex, but ends up taking money from him instead. She managed to get a little longer screen time in 1975's Farewell, My Lovely, which starred Robert Mitchum as detective Philip Marlowe.
In this she played a down-on-her-luck entertainer who swaps information for alcohol and once again she made such an impact, an Oscar nomination followed. Padilha said that she was very much like her characters in real life and made a huge impression on everyone that she met. She spent her whole life in Manhattan, marrying and divorcing three times but having no children.
After studying at The Actors Studio, she made her name in a series of Off-Broadway roles starting in the 1950s and moving on to movies in the 1960s. Her film credits included 1972's Andy Warhol-produced Heat, 1987's Wall Street and its 2010 sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Sylvia also appeared in guest roles on Miami Vice and Sex In The City. During the 70s, she was known to have been a bit of a party animal, with People magazine asking in 1976, "What would a Manhattan party be without the ubiquitous Sylvia Miles?" She admitted at the time: "I get invited because I'm fun. I have a good sense of humour. I look good. I'm not bad to have at a party."Read More