Sidney Fox

For other people named Sidney Fox, see Sidney Fox (disambiguation).
Sidney Fox
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 19311934
Spouse(s) Charles Beahan (19321942; her death)

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


Lobby card for Bad Sister (1931)

Fox was born Sidney Leiffer 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. Young Sidney got a job as a dressmaker, and spent her spare time studying law. She spent her spare time writing fashion articles, which led to a job as a "mannequin" (or model) in a Fifth Avenue shop. She began studying acting and pestering the movie moguls for a film role, unsuccessfully. They told her 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 was playing on Broadway. She was given a lead role in Lost Sheep at the age of 18.

Fox 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 renowned operatic bass Feodor Chaliapin in the English-language version of Don Quixote. Her last film appearance was in the 1934 musical comedy Down to Their Last Yacht opposite Mary Boland, Polly Moran and Ned Sparks.[3]

Personal life

She was married to screenwriter Charles Beahan from 1932 until her death in 1942 at age 30.[3]


Sidney Fox died of an overdose of sleeping pills 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.[4]


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


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