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Who Is The Most Famous Sylvia In The World?

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How many celebrities named Sylvia can you think of? The famous Sylvias below have many different professions, including notable actors named Sylvia, famous athletes named Sylvia, and even musicians named Sylvia.

Sylvia Plath is certainly one of the most famous Sylvias on this list. One of the famous writers named Sylvia, she posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1982. The Bell Jar and Ariel are among her notable works.

Another of the famous people with the first name Sylvia is Sylvia Sidney. She was an actress of the stage and screen. She has appeared in such films as Beetlejuice and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams.

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  • 1
    1932-10-27
    24

    BirthplaceJamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the...  more

    #161 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#774 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#499 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 2
    1952-09-28
    19

    BirthplaceUtrecht, Netherlands

    Sylvia Maria Kristel (28 September 1952 – 17 October 2012) was a Dutch model and actress who appeared in over 50 films. She is best remembered as the eponymous character in five of the seven...  more

    #150 of 185 The Best Living English Actresses#1392 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#77 of 100 The Most Beautiful Women Of The '70s

  • 3
    1910-08-08
    19

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Sylvia Sidney (born Sophia Kosow, August 8, 1910 – July 1, 1999) was an American actress of stage, screen and film, with a career spanning over 70 years, who first rose to prominence in dozens of...  more
  • 4
    1956-12-09
    14

    BirthplaceKokomo, Indiana, United States of America

    Sylvia Jane Hutton (née Kirby, born December 9, 1956), known professionally by her first name Sylvia during the 1980s, is an American country music and country pop singer and songwriter. Her biggest...  more

    #278 of 297 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years#84 of 104 The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s#102 of 161 The Top Female Country Singers

  • 5
    1936-10-19
    19

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Sylvia Celeste Browne (née Shoemaker; October 19, 1936 – November 20, 2013) was an American author who claimed to be a medium with psychic abilities. She appeared regularly on television and radio,...  more
  • 6
    1934-01-06
    13

    BirthplaceWoolwich, London, United Kingdom

    Sylvia May Laura Syms, (born 6 January 1934) is an English actress, best known for her roles in the films Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), No Trees in the Street (1959),...  more
  • 7
    13

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (5 May 1882 – 27 September 1960) was an English campaigner for the suffragette movement, a prominent left communist and later an activist in the cause of anti-fascism. She...  more
  • 8
    1946-05-19
    14

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Sylvia Poggioli ( or Italian pronunciation: [podˈd͡ʒoːli]; born 19 May 1946) is an American radio reporter for National Public Radio. She is the network's senior European correspondent....  more
  • 9
    1904-04-01
    11

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Sylvia, Lady Ashley (1 April 1904 – 29 June 1977) was an English model, actress, and socialite who was best known for her marriages to British aristocrats and American movie stars....  more
  • 10
    1940-09-19
    16

    BirthplaceChatham-Kent, Canada

    Sylvia Tyson, (born 19 September 1940), is a musician, performer, singer-songwriter and broadcaster. She is best known as part of the folk duo Ian and Sylvia, with Ian Tyson. Since 1993, she has...  more
  • 11
    9

    BirthplaceHaverhill, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Louise Hitchcock-Carson (January 31, 1946 – August 15, 2015) was an American model and beauty queen who held the Miss Alabama USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe titles in 1967....  more
  • 12
    1936-03-06
    14

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Sylvia Robinson (née Vanterpool; May 29, 1935 – September 29, 2011) was an American singer, musician, record producer, and record label executive. Robinson was best known for her work as founder and...  more

    #164 of 233 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time#107 of 113 The Best Disco Bands/Artists

  • 13
    1973-03-11
    7

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Sylvia June Day (born March 11, 1973) is a Japanese American writer of romance novels. She also writes under the pseudonyms S.J. Day and Livia Dare. She is a number one bestselling author in 28...  more
  • 14
    1913-08-29
    11

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Sylvia Fine (August 29, 1913 – October 28, 1991) was an American lyricist, composer, and producer, and the wife of the comedian Danny Kaye. She and her future husband grew up within blocks of each...  more
  • 15
    Sylvia Juncosa is an American punk and metal guitarist, singer, songwriter and keyboardist from Los Angeles. Noted primarily for her guitar work, during the 1980s she was among relatively few women...  more
  • 16
    Sylvia Caminer is a film producer and director....
  • 17
    1953-07-21
    9

    BirthplaceChiayi City, Taiwan

    Sylvia Chang or Chang Ai-chia (Chinese: 張艾嘉; pinyin: Zhāng Àijiā; born 21 July 1953) is a Taiwanese actress, writer, singer, producer and director. In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd...  more
  • 18
    1944-01-01
    9
    Sylvia Smith (2 May 1945 – 23 February 2013) was a British author known for her volumes of autobiography.Smith's first title - Misadventures (Canongate, 2001) - covered her life of office work,...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Sylvia Kuumba Williams was an actress....
  • 20

    BirthplaceEurasia, Greater London, United Kingdom, London, England

    Sylvia Townsend Warner (6 December 1893 – 1 May 1978) was an English novelist and poet. She also made a contribution to musicology as a young woman....  more

    #223 of 241 The Best Female Authors of All Time#112 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • 21
    1935-08-30
    7

    BirthplaceGibbstown, New Jersey, United States of America

    Sylvia Alice Earle DSc (née Reade; born August 30, 1935) is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earle...  more
  • 22
    1917-06-27
    7
    Sylvia Zipser Schur (June 27, 1917 – September 8, 2009) was an American food columnist and innovator. She wrote cookbooks and has been credited with developing Clamato and cranapple juice. She also...  more
  • 23
    1947-08-17
    6

    BirthplaceRosenheim, Germany

    Sylvia Nasar (born 17 August 1947) is an Uzbek German-born American journalist, best known for her biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., A Beautiful Mind. She received the National Book Critics Circle...  more
  • 24
    1917-05-29
    7

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Sylvia Marriott was an actress....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceStratford, New Zealand

    Sylvia Constance Ashton-Warner (17 December 1908 – 28 April 1984) was a New Zealand writer, poet and educator....  more
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