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Sylvia Sims is DEAD to ME!


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by Anonymousreply 107February 6, 2023 12:15 PM

I literally last night was looking for youtube videos with her trying to find an interview with her. I had been watching the youtube videos with Frederic Raphael and he had mentioned her. Very weird and sad.

by Anonymousreply 1January 27, 2023 6:35 PM

I always mix her up with Sylvia Syms.

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by Anonymousreply 2January 27, 2023 6:38 PM

I always confused her with Silvia Sydney.

by Anonymousreply 3January 27, 2023 6:39 PM

I get her mixshed up with Shylvia Shimsh

by Anonymousreply 4January 27, 2023 6:40 PM

I miss her up with Shidney Pollack!

by Anonymousreply 5January 27, 2023 6:56 PM

I get her mixed up with Sylvia's Mother.

by Anonymousreply 6January 27, 2023 7:03 PM

Whistler's mother is a sister of mine!

by Anonymousreply 7January 27, 2023 7:24 PM

There aren't many Sylvias left...

She has fun with a small role in "A Chorus of Disapproval," which features Anthony Hopkins in a rare, and very funny, comic performance.


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by Anonymousreply 8January 27, 2023 7:27 PM

Syms not Sims!

She was a beauty.

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by Anonymousreply 9January 27, 2023 7:37 PM

R1 "I literally..."

Oh, dear

by Anonymousreply 10January 27, 2023 7:39 PM

I always get her confused with Sylvia Browne

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by Anonymousreply 11January 27, 2023 7:40 PM

I get her mixed up with Sheila Sim.

by Anonymousreply 12January 27, 2023 7:42 PM

Rest in Peace, Miss Sims.

by Anonymousreply 13January 27, 2023 7:43 PM

She was a neighbour of mine here in West London, she was literally our only celeb. You would never know she was once a great beauty. The booze, I think.

by Anonymousreply 14January 27, 2023 7:46 PM

[quote] You would never know she was once a great beauty

She may have been in the 1950s when she was slim.

But she played that annoying third wheel that awful movie called 'Victim'.

Then she disappeared in the 1960s and then she got fat like the Queen Mother and returned in character parts.

by Anonymousreply 15January 27, 2023 7:51 PM

I get her mixed up with late life Kristin Scott Thomas.

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by Anonymousreply 16January 27, 2023 7:53 PM

An old fool on the Britmovie website says

[quote] Excellent actress, particularly in 'Victim'. Could never understand why Melville Farr [Dirk Bogarde] went in a different direction.

by Anonymousreply 17January 27, 2023 7:55 PM

I understand that towards the end dear Sylvia Syms was a bit mixed up herself, poor thing.

by Anonymousreply 18January 27, 2023 7:57 PM

Chipping Cleghorn will never be the same.

by Anonymousreply 19January 27, 2023 8:01 PM

I've always assumed "Sylvia Syms" was a fake name imposed by J Arthur Rank.

The name "Sylvia" was supposed to evoke a slinky sensuousness not held by starlets named Edna or Mavis or Hilda.

by Anonymousreply 20January 27, 2023 8:04 PM

I love her song "Nobody"

by Anonymousreply 21January 27, 2023 8:06 PM

“The fluffy Mrs. Easterbrook.”

by Anonymousreply 22January 27, 2023 8:06 PM

She was forgettable in that awful 'Tamarind Seed' (1974) with Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif and directed by the ghastly Mr. Julie Andrews.

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by Anonymousreply 23January 27, 2023 8:14 PM

She ballooned to twice her size in the 80s and it seemed she appeared in a TV remake of 'The Poseidon Adventure' in 2005.

So I wonder if she played 'Shelley Winters'?

by Anonymousreply 24January 27, 2023 8:16 PM

The bitch tried to drown me in the kitchen sink.

by Anonymousreply 25January 27, 2023 8:31 PM

R25 she murdered my life-partner!

by Anonymousreply 26January 27, 2023 8:37 PM

Sylvia Sims; she lived; she took up space.

by Anonymousreply 27January 27, 2023 8:46 PM

She was good as The Queen Mum in The Queen

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by Anonymousreply 28January 27, 2023 8:52 PM

R18 Did she slur her words?

She narrated lots of stuff in her final years and you can hear her aspirating between the words.

by Anonymousreply 29January 27, 2023 9:15 PM

R27 She was present, you cunt!

by Anonymousreply 30January 27, 2023 9:16 PM

Sylvia Sims ≠ Silvia Syms

by Anonymousreply 31January 27, 2023 9:17 PM

She was the grandmother of my boyfriend Tim Simms!

by Anonymousreply 32January 27, 2023 9:18 PM

Sylvia Sims died in Denville Hall, as did Sheila Sim.

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by Anonymousreply 33January 27, 2023 9:20 PM

I watched [italic]Victim[/italic] for the first time a few months ago and loved it. She was great as Dirk Bogarde's long-suffering wife.

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by Anonymousreply 34January 27, 2023 9:23 PM

[quite]She was good as The Queen Mum in The Queen

I loved the way she said... "CELEBRITIES" - when Philip was talking about who was going to attend Diana's funeral. Garnered a few laughs in the cinema when I saw it.

by Anonymousreply 35January 27, 2023 9:24 PM

[quote]I watched Victim for the first time a few months ago and loved it.

How can you have LOVED it? it was horrible.

by Anonymousreply 36January 27, 2023 9:24 PM

LOVED her! First introduced to me in the best Agatha Christie ever committed to film, the 1980s Joan Hickson Miss as Marple A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.

But I do hope the upthread posters who cued in with allusions to Chipping Cleghorn (the village where it takes place) and Hinch/Hincliffe (one of a great Lesbian couple), realize that Miss Sims did not play one of the lesbians. She very memorably portrayed the long-suffering "bottle blonde" wife of the tiresome retired army major. And she played it brilliantly. What a great ensemble cast that was!

by Anonymousreply 37January 27, 2023 9:40 PM

Miss Sims was the mother of great British actress Beatie Edney, who, like her mum, began in TV and films as a luscious blonde ingenue (Lost Empires) and graduated to character roles (Poldark) as her weight ballooned to new proportions.

by Anonymousreply 38January 27, 2023 9:43 PM

Not many left from that era, sad news, i always enjoyed her performances

by Anonymousreply 39January 27, 2023 9:49 PM

r37 And that role was cut from the subsequent McEwan "AMIA."

by Anonymousreply 40January 27, 2023 10:11 PM

She was no Sylvia Miles.

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by Anonymousreply 41January 27, 2023 10:12 PM

Have Sy and Marcie Syms been reached for comment?

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by Anonymousreply 42January 27, 2023 10:15 PM

She was very beautiful in Ice Cold in Alex

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by Anonymousreply 43January 27, 2023 10:38 PM

She was awful casting as The Queen Mother in The Queen. Patricia Routledge had turned it down and they replaced her with a coarse, working class sow.

by Anonymousreply 44January 27, 2023 10:52 PM

[quote] Miss as Marple

Esmiss Esmoor, Esmiss Esmoor!

by Anonymousreply 45January 28, 2023 2:52 AM

Why will they bury her body so soon after the death?

by Anonymousreply 46January 28, 2023 2:53 AM

Maybe she was a Jewess, r46?

by Anonymousreply 47January 28, 2023 2:56 AM

She seemed a nice old lady who had enjoyed her career. Moving to television later didn't seem to make her sad She enjoyed working in every theatrical medium.

You can only come out of Denville Hall in a box though?

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by Anonymousreply 48January 28, 2023 3:22 AM

I’m pretty sure she was, R47. Another reason she was such bad casting as The Queen Mother. She looked like a Jewish peasant woman, like Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.

by Anonymousreply 49January 28, 2023 3:22 AM

No, not a Jewess.

I used to tell my next door neighbour that she lived in the neighbourhood but she never saw her. Then she put her house on the market and who was the first person to view it? Sylvia!

Once I saw her crossing Kensington High Street with her dachshunds shaking her walking stick at the traffic.

by Anonymousreply 50January 28, 2023 3:27 AM

She also played Lavinia Pinkerton in Agatha Christie's Marple "Murder Is Easy" in 2009.

She had aged so much since the 1985 Miss Marple "Murder Is Announced", I barely recognized her.

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by Anonymousreply 51January 28, 2023 3:28 AM

[quote]She seemed a nice old lady

What made you think that?

by Anonymousreply 52January 28, 2023 3:29 AM

Great as Dirk Bogarde's beard/wife in Victim

by Anonymousreply 53January 28, 2023 3:35 AM

Nobody has ever done a decent job of casting an aged Queen Mother. Marcia Warren who is currently in The Crown is probably the worst.

She's a TV comedy actress, has been for over a generation. Brilliant as Penelope in 'Vicious',

by Anonymousreply 54January 28, 2023 3:39 AM

Marcia Warren is also tall and thin. What the fuck was Peter Morgan thinking when he approved her casting as the Queen Mother?

R50, you know this for sure? Because I can guarantee you that there are several Sylvia Syms residing in Golders Green in London and they’re all Jewesses.

by Anonymousreply 55January 28, 2023 3:44 AM

Did she write “The Bell Jar”?

by Anonymousreply 56January 28, 2023 3:55 AM

Yes, she seem to have spent the 90s aging and eating.

by Anonymousreply 57January 28, 2023 3:59 AM

Who is Sylvia? what is she? That all our swains commend her? Holy, fair, and wise is she; The heaven such grace did lend her. That she might admirèd be.

Then to Sylvia let us sing. That Sylvia is excelling; She excels each mortal thing Upon the dull earth dwelling; To her let us garlands bring.

by Anonymousreply 58January 28, 2023 4:01 AM
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by Anonymousreply 59January 28, 2023 4:07 AM

[quote] Maybe she was a Jewess, [R46]?

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by Anonymousreply 60January 28, 2023 4:13 AM

[quote] She was awful casting as The Queen Mother

R44 I don't suppose there were many actresses competing for the role of the short, thick-set, fatter-faced retired queen.

The (quasi-homosexual) Stephen Frears probably had a good reason why she was chosen for this supporting role and not competing against Mirren.

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by Anonymousreply 61January 28, 2023 4:20 AM

R58 The Austrian Schubert and the Swedish tenor have a go at Shakespeare's English poem.

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by Anonymousreply 62January 28, 2023 4:24 AM

[quote]The (quasi-homosexual) Stephen Frears


by Anonymousreply 63January 28, 2023 4:30 AM

Terry Jones' Queen Mother would have been as incandescent as his Mandy Cohen.

by Anonymousreply 64January 28, 2023 4:33 AM

I loved her fresh, open sensuality in EMMANUELLE.

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by Anonymousreply 65January 28, 2023 4:45 AM

[quote] casting as The Queen Mother … Patricia Routledge had turned it down

I bet the Stephen Frears vetoed her.

He was making a serious delicate drama and he didn't want it to be unbalanced by a woman who was too well known for appearing in a vulgar TV farce.

by Anonymousreply 66January 28, 2023 4:58 AM

So sad, what branch of the military was she in?

by Anonymousreply 67January 28, 2023 5:04 AM

R67 Wrong thread. Your question belongs here—

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by Anonymousreply 68January 28, 2023 5:09 AM

OP = She looks like she has already been embalmed.

by Anonymousreply 69January 28, 2023 7:33 AM

She was in one of the last stories of the original run of 'Doctor Who' in 1989 called 'Ghost Light' (one of the best DW stories of that era).

She played the spooky housekeeper Mrs. Pritchard:

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by Anonymousreply 70January 28, 2023 8:11 AM

^ That picture tells us she got fat in the 1990s.

by Anonymousreply 71January 28, 2023 9:29 AM

If it's any indication of her religion, I had a cousin named Beatrice but she was always affectionately called "Beatie" like Sylvia's daughter Beatie Edney.

by Anonymousreply 72January 28, 2023 1:39 PM

The OP's obit mentions her marriage to childhood sweetheart Alan Edney and their two children, Beatie and brother Ben, And apparently she turned down offers in the 1950s to work in Hollywood so that she could maintain her marriage and motherhood in England. I'd like to think she had a very long and successful marriage to Alan.

by Anonymousreply 73January 28, 2023 1:43 PM

Beatie is considered a Jewish name in the UK. Maureen Lipman played a very Jewish mother type for a commercial campaign for…uhhh…BT (British Telecom).

Why are we still discussing this? Sylvia was a Jewess.

by Anonymousreply 74January 28, 2023 9:34 PM

Meant to say Lipman’s Jewish mother character was called Beatie.

by Anonymousreply 75January 28, 2023 9:35 PM

A ton of actors turned down roles in Victim because they didn't want to be associated with a gay film

by Anonymousreply 76January 28, 2023 10:09 PM

"But Tay Bridge is MY funeral!"

--her awesome line in "The Queen"

by Anonymousreply 77January 28, 2023 10:11 PM

[quote] A ton of actors turned down roles in Victim

Can you possibly name some of these names that comprise this 'ton' of yours?

by Anonymousreply 78January 28, 2023 10:14 PM

[quote] Sylvia was a Jewess.

Wiki usually informs us on this vital question but it's silent on SS's bloodlines.

by Anonymousreply 79January 28, 2023 10:19 PM

R78, a few are mentioned in this article

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by Anonymousreply 80January 28, 2023 11:39 PM

[quote] "But Tay Bridge is MY funeral!" --her awesome line in "The Queen"

But that's the code name for my funeral.

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by Anonymousreply 81January 28, 2023 11:57 PM

Didn’t she play Dirk Bogarde's wife in Victim? Her daughter Beatie Edney was in Poldark, right? The housekeeper?

by Anonymousreply 82January 29, 2023 2:20 AM

[quote] Didn’t she play Dirk Bogarde's wife

Are you suggesting that this is this woman's ONLY claim to fame?

by Anonymousreply 83January 29, 2023 2:46 AM

[quote] I had been watching the youtube videos with Frederic Raphael and he had mentioned her.

Did he discuss their common Jewishness? I assume they were discussing this little movie—

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by Anonymousreply 84January 29, 2023 3:23 AM

He frequently discusses his jewishness but not hers. He's a terrific mimic when he speaks in the voices of well known men he worked with.

He's a fairly condescending cynical straight queen but when it comes to Audrey H he melts.

by Anonymousreply 85January 29, 2023 4:30 AM

[quote] He's a terrific mimic when he speaks in the voices of well known men

Yes, he's ALMOST as good a raconteur as Ustinov.

I loved how he suggests that Audrey signed up for 'Two For The Road' because her husband who she names as "Melchior" was becoming tedious.

by Anonymousreply 86January 29, 2023 4:47 AM

Their marriage was falling apart yet Mel(born down the Jersey Shore rather than in France or Germany!) gave her a going away present her last big popular box office hit.

by Anonymousreply 87January 29, 2023 5:05 AM

I’ve seen a few of her movies but don’t remember her in a single one.

“Linda’s Mother” in SHINING TROUGH?

Must be C List.

by Anonymousreply 88January 29, 2023 6:57 AM

Frankly, I think the two American imports in that are equally C-List.

They belong in a trough— whether it be shining or not.

by Anonymousreply 89January 29, 2023 7:16 AM

You haven't seen The Tamarind Seed? It's free on youtube. It's the definition of meh. Maybe worth seeing once I guess. Julie still glows and the beautiful Omar was aging fast.

by Anonymousreply 90January 29, 2023 9:44 AM

Is Frederic Raphael the guy who had all those awful things to say about Julie Christie? I guess Julie had the career Sylvia might have had.

by Anonymousreply 91January 29, 2023 12:57 PM

[quote]R90 You haven't seen The Tamarind Seed? It's free on youtube. It's the definition of meh.

I have never been drawn to. I kind of put it in the same field as TORN CURTAIN - just obviously cold and drained and blobby.

I don’t really care for Julie Andrews or Omar Sharrif that much. I will never se HAWAII, and I can’t watch DOCTOR ZHIVAGO all the way through. TAMARIND SEED just instinctively… no thank you.

I will confront my fears and watch it on YouTube, however. It would be so funny if I LOVE it! Yet I suspect Julie’s haircut and Omar’s immobile face will prevent that.

by Anonymousreply 92January 29, 2023 4:32 PM

There are people who love it! I can't possibly see how and I bet you won't. Even the great Freddie Young might as well be filming a made for TV movie.

Yes Raphael wrote Darling and had not nice things to say about Christie. I mean he doesn't have nice things to say about anybody really except for his family and Audrey.

by Anonymousreply 93January 29, 2023 6:52 PM

Beatie Edney’s name comes up frequently in Alan Rickman’s published diary excerpts. I got a sense that she’s part of a circle, lots of friends, knows everybody.

by Anonymousreply 94January 29, 2023 9:42 PM

So is Beaty Ednie’s Jewishness apparent in the Alan Rickman’s published diary excerpts.

by Anonymousreply 95January 29, 2023 9:45 PM

I'm no connoisseur of female pulchritude.

But if I was, I'd say this woman's face was swanlike.

The wide-set eyes and scooped nose resemble that of a swan.

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by Anonymousreply 96January 29, 2023 10:00 PM

I don’t think women want to resemble swans in the face.

The neck, yes.

by Anonymousreply 97January 29, 2023 10:10 PM

Swan, you say?

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by Anonymousreply 98January 29, 2023 10:12 PM

She was very good as the Queen Mother in "The Queen." Next saw her on PBS in a British drama about the lives beforehand and impact of a traffic accident on those involved.

by Anonymousreply 99January 29, 2023 10:24 PM

Loved that British drama about the car wreck, r99, which was written by Anthony Horowitz of Foyle's War and Magpie Murders fame. IIRC Sylvia plays an old battleax in it, though brilliantly. She really went from the perfectly gorgeous English rose type to old battleax in her long career.

by Anonymousreply 100January 30, 2023 3:39 AM

Oh dear.

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by Anonymousreply 101February 4, 2023 11:28 PM

I just saw Syl get shoved down an escalator by that horrible Honoria Waynflete in a Marple episode.

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by Anonymousreply 103February 5, 2023 1:20 AM

Syllvia Symms was a Sex Siren!

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by Anonymousreply 104February 5, 2023 5:25 AM

It's a shame she wasn't cast in the Vanessa Redgrave role in "Man In An Orange Shirt." She would have been much more suited to the role than Vanessa Redgrave.

by Anonymousreply 105February 6, 2023 12:07 PM

[Quote] Sylvia was often confused with Sylvia Syms the jazz singer, but also Richard Attenborough’s wife Sheila Sim and of course Joan Syms.

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by Anonymousreply 106February 6, 2023 12:08 PM

I quite liked Beatie's sitcom "Dressing for Breakfast." I wonder if it holds up.

by Anonymousreply 107February 6, 2023 12:15 PM
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