Sonia Darrin

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Sonia Darrin
The Big Sleep - Behind the scenes 02.JPG
Darrin is second from the left in still from The Big Sleep (1946)
Sonia Paskowitz

June 16, 1924 (1924-06-16) (age 94)
Years active1941–1970s
Spouse(s)William Reese
Children4 (including Mason Reese)

Sonia Darrin (born Sonia Paskowitz; June 16, 1924) is a retired American film actress, best known as "Agnes Lowzier" in The Big Sleep (1946).[1]

Early years[edit]

Darrin was born to Louis and Rose Paskowitz, Jewish emigrants from Russia, who immigrated to Galveston, Texas. She has two brothers, Adrian and Dorian.[2] Her father operated a clothing store in Galveston. Around 1940, the family moved to Los Angeles, California.[3]


Darrin danced in the film Lady in the Dark (1944) and worked with Ed Wynn and Alan Young on their early television programs.[3] Possibly her most famous role was that of femme fatale Agnes Lowzier in Howard Hawks's 1946 film The Big Sleep where she plays a bookstore clerk and paramour of minor Los Angeles gangster Joe Brody (played by Louis Jean Heydt).

Personal life[edit]

Darrin married William "Bill" Reese,[when?] a theater set designer and marketing services company president. The couple had four children, three sons and a daughter, and lived in Manhattan. Their youngest son is the former child actor Mason Reese. Her last two public appearances were on The Mike Douglas Show in the 1970s, and in a documentary film about her brother, Dorian, in 2007.[4]

She has resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for over 50 years.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1941 It Started with Eve Nightclub Patron Uncredited
1941 The Corsican Brothers Opera Spectator Uncredited
1942 My Gal Sal Chorus Girl Uncredited
1943 The Hard Way Chorus Girl Uncredited
1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Villager at Festival Uncredited
1943 The North Star Dancing Peasant Uncredited
1944 Lady in the Dark Office Girl Uncredited
1946 The Big Sleep Agnes Lowzier Uncredited
1947 Bury Me Dead Helen Lawrence
1948 I, Jane Doe Nurse Uncredited
1949 Caught Miss Chambers Uncredited
1950 Federal Agent at Large Mildred (final film role)


  1. ^ "Sonia Paskowitz in the 1940 United States Census".
  2. ^ a b Lumenick, Lou (February 17, 2016). "Meet the 92-year old New York woman who once starred with Humphrey Bogart". New York Post. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Isle Girl in Gotham Lonely for Seawall". The Galveston Daily News. Texas, Galveston. August 20, 1950. p. 5. Retrieved December 24, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Schuler, Ron (March 25, 2009). "The Disappearance of Agnes Lowzier". Ron Schuler's Parlour Tricks. Retrieved February 6, 2014.

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