Actress and socialite Sylvia Miles has passed away at the age of 94.
The star, most known for her role alongside Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy, passed away in an ambulance on route to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
Publicist Mauricia Padilha confirmed the news to New York Times, and pal Geraldine Smith confirmed it to New York Post.
Geraldine explained that she had recently left a nursing home because she ‘didn’t want to die there’ and then celebrated by hosting a dinner with her friends.
During her career, Sylvia was nominated for two Oscars – one for her role in the 1969 classic Midnight Cowboy, and one for her 1975 movie, Farewell My Love.
While her screen time for both films only lasted 12 minutes in total, she left a mark that clearly felt the need to be recognised by the Academy.
In Midnight Cowboy, she played the role of Cass, the Upper East Side Manhattanite with a poodle under her arm who sleeps with Jon Voight’s leading man role.
He was unaware that she was a prostitute when they slept together, and when she requests he pay up, she ends up in tears.
On top of her acting career, she became a popular face on the party circuit of the late 1960s – becoming pals with Andy Warhol and made numerous appearances in his Factory club and artist elite.
She appeared in his 1972 movie Heat, playing a faded actress in a satirical take of Sunset Boulevard.
Speaking to People about her life as a socialite back in 1976, she said: ‘I get invited because I’m fun. I have a good sense of humor. I look good. I’m not bad to have at a party.”
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by – metro.co.uk