Sidney Fox

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Sidney Fox
Sidney Fox.jpg
Born Sidney Leiffer
(1911-12-10)December 10, 1911[1] (some sources mistakenly cite 1907)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 15, 1942(1942-11-15) (aged 30)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death overdose of sleeping pills
Resting place Mount Lebanon Cemetery
Other names Sydney Fox; Sidney Fox Beahan
Years active 1931–1934
Spouse(s) Charles Beahan (1932–1942; her death)

Sidney Fox (born Sidney Leiffer, December 10, 1911[1]– November 15, 1942) was an American actress.

Early life

Fox was born in 1911 (some sources mistakenly cite 1907) in New York City to a Jewish family.[2] Her parents had been wealthy until the October 1929 stock market crash. She found work as a dressmaker, studied law, and at age 15 began working as a secretary at a law firm and writing fashion articles, leading to a job as a "mannequin" (or model) in a Fifth Avenue shop.[2]

Acting career

Lobby card for Bad Sister (1931)

Fox began studying acting and pestering the movie moguls[who?] for a film role, unsuccessfully. She was told that she was too young and should get some training in stock and then come back. She joined a touring theatrical company, and within a year she was playing on Broadway.[2] She had a role in It Never Rains (1929)[3] and was given a lead role in Lost Sheep (1930) at the age of 18.[citation needed]

Fox signed a long-term contract with Universal in 1930[4] and made her film debut in the 1931 Hobart Henley drama, Bad Sister, opposite Conrad Nagel, Humphrey Bogart, Zasu Pitts and, also making her film debut, Bette Davis. Fox also starred as Madamoiselle Camille L'Espanaye in the 1932 Robert Florey film Murders in the Rue Morgue opposite Bela Lugosi. In 1933 she played opposite operatic bass Feodor Chaliapin in the English-language version of Don Quixote. Many of her later roles in her four-year career were bit parts in B-movies.[2] Her last film appearance was in the 1934 musical comedy Down to Their Last Yacht opposite Mary Boland, Polly Moran and Ned Sparks.[5]

Personal life

Fox's relationship with studio executive Carl Laemmle Jr. as his mistress was one of Hollywood's open secrets.[2]

She was married to agent Charles Beahan from 1932 until her death in 1942 at age 31.[6]


Sidney Fox died of an overdose of sleeping pills[7] on November 15, 1942 in Hollywood at the age of 30. Her death was officially ruled an accident. She was interred at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, New York City.[7]


Year Title Role
1931 Bad Sister Marianne Madison
Six Cylinder Love Marilyn Sterling
Strictly Dishonorable Isabelle Perry
1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue Mlle. Camille L'Espanaye
Nice Women Beth Girard
The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Herself
The Mouthpiece Celia Farraday
Once in a Lifetime Susan Walker
Afraid to Talk Peggy Martin
Roi Pausole Diana
1934 Midnight Stella Weldon
Down to Their Last Yacht Linda Colt-Stratton
Don Quixote Maria, the niece
1935 School for Girls Annette Edlridge


  1. ^ a b Born 1911 per California Death Records online registry (search by name: BEAHAN, SIDNEY)
  2. ^ a b c d e Avrech, Robert J. (November 10, 2011). "Sidney Fox: Lost in Hollywood". Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Sidney Fox". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on July 24, 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "Universal Signing Youthful Actress". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. June 27, 1930. p. 10. Retrieved July 23, 2018 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Sidney Fox on IMDb
  6. ^ "Sidney Fox Death Findings Reported". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. December 4, 1942. p. 38. Retrieved July 23, 2018 – via  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ a b Mank, Gregory William (2005). Women in Horror Films, 1930s. McFarland. p. 105. ISBN 978-0786423347. 

External links

  • Sidney Fox on IMDb
  • Sidney Fox at Find a Grave

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