An actress who was nominated for two Academy Awards, who was known for her performances in acclaimed films including “Midnight Cowboy” and “Wall Street,” has died. Sylvia Miles died Wednesday in Manhattan, according to media reports. She was 94.
Miles had reportedly been in declining health in recent years, and spent her final months in nursing home care suffering from anemia and respiratory problems. She reportedly was declared dead after being transported to a hospital.
Miles was nominated for Academy Awards for best supporting actress for the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” and the 1975 release “Farewell, My Lovely.” She later appeared in both “Wall Street” (1987) and its 2010 sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
Miles had a television career going all the way back to 1954, and originated the role of Sally Rogers in the pilot for “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1960 — with that role later taken over by Rose Marie. Miles also appeared on shows including “Route 66,” “All My Children,” “Miami Vice” and “Sex and the City.”
The New York Post notes that the New York-born Miles “was also a longtime fixture on the New York party scene, and she was so often seen carousing with Andy Warhol that pal Earl Wilson had coined a famous phrase when he said, ‘Sylvia Miles and Andy Warhol would attend the opening of an envelope.’
“She later addressed the slight, telling the New York Times, ‘Earl Wilson didn’t say it. I said it about myself, and unfortunately, everything I say sounds like a press release. OK, so I did once go to the opening of a delicatessen. I heard Jackie [Onassis] would be there, too. Turned out to be Jackie Mason.’”
Here’s an interview clip with Miles talking about hanging around with Andy Warhol and Joe Dallesandro …