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Lillian Gish (Lucy Burrows) Broken Blossoms backlighting (contour) shot MGM 13168

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Lillian Gish (Lucy Burrows) Broken Blossoms backlighting (contour) shot MGM 13168

La Boheme - Main Characters

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La Boheme, the main characters (Vicomte Paul missing) 


European Postcards - Miss Lillian Gish

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British Cinema Art, London. George Neville, Edgar Nelson, Burr McIntosh, Kate Bruce, Richard Barthelmess, Lillian Gish, Lowell Sherman, Vivia Ogden, Creighton Hale, Mary Hay

 British postcard by Cinema Art, London. Photo publicity still for Way Down East (David Wark Griffith, 1920).

 French postcard by Cinémagazine-Edition, Paris, no. 236.

 German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 631. Photo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)  Parufamet. Publicity still for La Bohème (King Vidor, 1926).

 German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 632. Photo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)  Parufamet. Publicity still for La Bohème (King Vidor, 1926).

 German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 634. Photo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)  Parufamet. Publicity still for La Bohème (King Vidor, 1926).

 German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 18851. Photo Parufamet. Lillian Gish in The Scarlet Letter (Victor Sjöström, 1926).

 German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 35331. Lillian Gish and Ralph Forbes in the American silent film The Enemy (Fred Niblo, M…

New York Public Library - Lillian Gish as Helena

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“Uncle Vanya was a result of a bottle of Clos Vouget wine. While lunching with Ruth Gordon and George Jean Nathan I said it was my favorite of red French wines. She replied that her friend, Jed Harris, had the same opinion. We agreed to a foursome with the first one to find a bottle. It was a thrilling evening for me to listen to Jed’s inspired talk about the theatre. When I said goodnight, I whispered to Ruth that I would work for him for nothing. By the end of our first week on the road I had not changed my mind and was surprised to be handed an envelope with, I felt, too much money. To be able to play “Helena” convincingly in a distiguished classic with the best actors in New York was worth more than any salary. Dorothy and I both had the privilege of working with the wonder boy of the theatre, Jed Harris; an association that was never marred by one moment of dissension” (Dorothy and Lillian Gish – By Lillian Gish)
New York Public Library - Lillian Gish as Helena in U…

LITTLE WOMEN April 21, 1935

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From left, Sylvia Field, Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish, Helen Chandler, at radio studios, where they will perform LITTLE WOMEN on April 21, 1935

The Old Maid - 1936

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The silent screen legend, appearing in The Old Maid at the Manchester Opera House, says she finds theatre ‘much more important and thrilling’ than film


Miss Irene Vanbrugh and Miss Lillian Gish, who are appearing in “The Old Maid” at the Opera House, Manchester, were guests at luncheon yesterday of the Town and Counties Club. Miss Vanbrugh is, in fact, a member of the club. “It is,” she averred, “the only club I belong to and the only one I shall ever belong to.”





Review: Opera House: Lillian Gish in ‘The Old Maid’ Edith Wharton’s novel “The Old Maid” is to be seen at the Opera House in the hands of a remarkably good cast. The play ended last night with long-continued applause, which had the effect of bringing back repeatedly the two great characters, Lillian Gish and Carol Goodner.
It is easy to be suspicious of chronicle plays which begin in the 1830s and end in the 1850s, particularly when they deal with old maids. The old maids who know everything are a nuisance, the ones who know noth…

The Movies, Mr.Griffith and Me - quote

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"I surely take no pleasure in being the rather melancholy person I am. I too, would like to believe in all the lovely rainbows in which Dorothy believes. I, too, would surely be happy to find some day that hard work was not hard work at all but just a charming pastime. Unfortunately for me, however, a Klieg light is just a Klieg light and not the English moon. // As a little girl, I wasn't much good at playing and I find that, try as I will, I don't play very convincingly today. When Dorothy goes to a party, the party becomes a party; when I go to one, I'm afraid it very often stops being a party. // I am not unhappy. I simply am not gay. It must have rained in the evening I was born, and it seems arbitrarily to have kept on raining in my heart ever since." (The Movies, Mr.Griffith and Me).








Miss Susie Slagle's - Lillian Gish Sonny Tufts

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Miss Susie Slagles - Lillian Gish Sonny Tufts - still frame publicity photo

As a film historian \ I am very concerned about the current agitation at Bowling Green

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Dear Adrian Paul Botta,
As a film historian who enjoyed a very nice correspondence with Lillian Gish over the years and who has written extensively about D. W. Griffith, I am very concerned about the current agitation at Bowling Green State University to drop the name of Gish from the Gish Film Theater as a result of the never-ending controversy over "The Birth of a Nation." Sadly, given the past history of such incidents where this issue is concerned, it is likely that the university will give in to such pressures unless there is a strong enough counter-protest to defeat this attempt.   I have in mind getting up a petition that could be sent around for cinephiles and others concerned about the arts to sign. It could then be forwarded to the university president and if there are enough signatures on it, it might have the desired effect. I have other information about the Gishes, D. W. Griffith and many others from those years I will be happy to share with you. In the meantime,…