Sylvia Miles, the legendary American actress who has been entertaining audiences for more than six decades, is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Miles, a lively octogenarian, who has appeared on stage, on television, and in more than fifty-eight feature films, continues to exhibit an inexhaustible zest for life and her enduring career. She achieved international acclaim for her portrayal of Cass, an alluring and provocative woman who turns the tables on Joe Buck, in 1969's Oscar winning Best Picture Midnight Cowboy, a role for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her sensational six minutes of screen time. In 1976, she was once again nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Jessie Florian
in the neo noir drama Farewell, My Lovely costarring with film great Robert Mitchum.
A native New Yorker and a quintessential Manhattanite, she has an extensive filmography which includes her performance as Dolores, the high-powered and impatient to close the deal realtor who shows a high end apartment with breathtaking city views to finance mogul Gordon Gekko's new protégé Bud Fox in Oliver Stone's Wall Street.
Her role as Hannah Mandelbaum in the delightful matchmaking drama Crossing Delancey, directed by Joan Micklin Silver and written by Susan Sandler, paired her with actress Amy Irving.
Ms. Miles' acting diversity has also linked her to collaborate with iconic multimedia Pop artist Andy Warhol and his Factory as she starred in Heat, a modern day parody on Sunset Boulevard, earning her an indelible place in the celebrity culture of the New York Underground.
Her selected filmography also includes Murder, Inc., The Last Movie, 92 In The Shade, The Sentinel, Zero To Sixty, Evil Under the Sun, and She-Devil.
With an ever growing fan base, and an ever flourishing enthusiasm and passion for her craft, Sylvia Miles is the very essence of a true and talented entertainer who has brought joy to so many and meaning to the history of the performing arts.
Written by Maryellen James