Steffi Sidney-Splaver, daughter of Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolski who co-starred in 1955’s “Rebel Without a Cause,” died of kidney failure in Seattle on Feb. 22. She was 74.
Skolski’s work put Sidney-Splaver in touch with many bizzers including Shirley Temple, whose birthday parties she attended. In her public talks about her Hollywood childhood, Sidney-Splaver spoke of James Cagney pacing the hospital floor with her father waiting for her to be born, Gary Cooper giving her her first pup and Leonard Bernstein playing the piano in her home.
Born and raised in L.A., she studied at the Actors Lab. Her first role was as Eddie Cantor’s daughter in 1955’s “The Eddie Cantor Story,” which her father produced. Other parts were in “A Man Called Peter,” “Peyton Place” and “Teacher’s Pet.”
Following a brief foray into publishing, she worked in advertising for the Leo Burnett Agency. After her 1985 marriage to Rick Splaver they set up a Beverly Hills-based PR agency, Slaver Associates, which repped companies including Pixar. She also volunteered for the Motion Picture and TV Fund.
In 1998 the couple moved to Washington and continued their business in that state. She also volunteered for Seattle Rep.
Survivors include her husband; a sister; and three cousins.
Services will be April 16 at 11 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills.