Remembering Sylvia

By Richard Mineards   |   June 20, 2019
Sylvia Miles, R.I.P.

On a personal note, I remember actress Sylvia Miles, who has died in New York aged 94.

The two-time Oscar-nominated camp icon’s notoriety grew when she joined Andy Warhol’s Manhattan social circle in the ‘70s becoming a legendary party girl and inspiring the famous jibe: “Sylvia Miles and Andy Warhol would attend the opening of an envelope!”

Miles would have only 14 minutes of screen time in 1969’s Midnight Cowboy as a tough-talking client of Jon Voight‘s hustler character, and still got an Oscar nod.

Her acting career, which also included the first two Wall Street movies, ran side by side with her reputation as a mainstay of the cocktail circuit, not to mention many nights at Studio 54, where I saw her frequently as an editor on the gossip column of New York Magazine.

A unique and utterly delightful character…

Sightings: Todd Christey and family of USA’s Christey Knows Best at the Rosewood Miramar… Terry Pillow, former CEO of Tommy Bahama, walking on Coast Village Road… Actor Christopher Lloyd picking up his Java jolt at Pierre Lafond.

Pip! Pip!


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