All My Children’s Sylvia Miles Dead at 94
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The Oscar-nominated actress who briefly appeared on ABC soaps has died.
Soaps.com is sad to report that actress Sylvia Miles died on June 12, 2019 at the age of 94 from unknown causes in New York. She passed away while en route to the hospital in an ambulance after telling a health care worker she wasn’t feeling well. She had spent the past few years in a nursing home suffering from anemia and respiratory issues.
Sylvia Miles was born on September 9, 1924 in New York City, New York, and remained a lifelong resident of Manhattan. She studied at The Actors Studio and made a name for herself in a number of Off-Broadway roles in the 1950s and 60s. She was married three times over the years to Ted Brown, Gerald Price and William Miles. She had no children.
Miles was probably best known for her role in 1969’s Midnight Cowboy, in which she played Cass, who invited Jon Voight’s gigolo character Joe Buck to her penthouse for sex, only to rob him. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film, and again in 1975 for her role as Mrs. Florian in Farewell, My Lovely which starred Robert Mitchum and centered on a private eye hired to find a man’s lost girlfriend. She also starred in Andy Warhol’s Heat, and played Mrs. Fisher, the mother of Mary Fisher’s (Meryl Streep) character in the Rosanne Barr film She-Devil.
Soap opera viewers may recall Miles Jackie Diamond on All My Children in 1982 and 1984. Diamond was a seedy pornographer that Jenny Gardner (Kim Delaney) got involved with. She also played Stella in a single episode of One Life to Live in 1999. Miles went on to make brief television appearances on Miami Vice and Sex and the City. She was an avid chess player and a Manhattan socialite that the paparazzi loved to cover.
Soaps.com sends condolences to Miles friends.