Wonderful, uncommonly early vintage 8x10-inch matte-finish sepia-tone portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen at the height of her fame in the 1930s. In good condition, overall, with heavy mounting remnants on the verso, light silvering in the darker areas on the bottom third of the image, and a light bend in the dark background to the left of the chair, near the bottom of the photo. Throughout the 1930s, beautiful leading lady Sylvia Sidney was said to possess the saddest eyes in Hollywood. Specializing in victim roles, she was marvelous in classic films like City Streets (1930), An American Tragedy (1930), Madame Butterfly (1932), Fritz Lang's Fury (1936), and You Only Live Once (1937) before embarking upon a stage career. She returned to the big screen in the 1970s, snagging an Oscar nomination for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973), and proving herself formidable, despite her advanced age, in horror, sci-fi and fantasy flicks like Damien: Omen II (1978), and Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988) and Mars Attacks! (1998).