From the earliest days of motion pictures, screen “fans” have evinced a constantly growing interest in the lives of their favorite players. To-day finds many popular Magazines devoted to the silent drama, conducting departments wherein the editors endeavor to answer thousands of questions which are asked each month about favorite film folk.
Such questions as, ”Where was Mary Pickford born?”, ”How old is Thomas Meighan?”, ”How much does Walter Hiers weigh?”, “Where did Corinne Griffith go to school?”, “What color eyes has Monte Blue?”, “Is Pola Negri Russian?”, “How old is Jackie Coogan?”, and countless others are on the tongues of all lovers of the silent drama. It is the purpose of this volume to answer not only these questions, but many similar ones. On the following pages are biographies of many of the leading players of the screen. Though necessarily brief and crisp, the author believes they contain the salient facts in each star’s story—the things each “fan” wants to know. CHARLES DONALD FOX Hollywood, California. May, 1925.
Lillian Gish was born in Springfield, Ohio, on October 14th., and as a child her family made their home in Massillon, Ohio, where she received her education attending Ursuline Seminary. When less than 6 years old Miss Gish made her first stage appearance, playing a child role with a traveling company, then in Kansas City. At that time Miss Gish also was an accomplished child dancer, and often entertained in that way. Her screen debut was made with D. W. Griffith, and her rare dramatic talent soon found an outlet under Mr. Griffith’s expert guidance. Hers is a wonderful cameolike beauty, a grace and poise, unlike that of any other screen star, an appealing and plaintive personality which has endeared her to millions of film “fans.” She is a lover of the outdoors, rides and drives well, and is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 112 lbs., and has blond hair and blue-gray eyes.
(Ronald Colman), one of the latest screen ‘finds’ was born in Richmond, Surrey, England, and educated there. His first experience was on the English stage, where his successes included a starring engagement in Richard Bennett’s role in the American play, ‘Damaged Goods’ After the World War, he resumed his work in England, making several photoplays while he was appearing on the stage. In 1920, he came to America for the first time, immediately finding an engagement on the New York stage. It was during the run of this play that Henry King discovered him and signed him for the leading role opposite Lillian Gish in “The White Sister.” Mr. Coleman is an enthusiastic motorist, plays golf and is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 165 lbs., and has sandy hair and brown eyes.
Portrait of Lillian Gish and Mother 1920 Nell Dorr Errata: Amon Carter Museum description "Lillian Gish and an elderly woman in lace"; The Movies, Mr.Griffith and Me description of this photo session - "with Mother"
When Mamaroneck Upstaged Hollywood – By Bruce Berman (The New York Times – June 19, 1977) When Mamaroneck Upstaged Hollywood By Bruce Berman The New York Times – June 19, 1977 BACK in the early 1920’s when Mamaroneck was a center of movie‐making, Joseph Rigano was an employee of D.W. Grif fith’s studio at Orienta. “I was atone mason and mechanic,” the energetic 80year‐old said as we toured on foot Edgewater Point, at the top of the Orienta Peninsula. Griffith Studios, Orienta Point, Mamaroneck NY 1921 “After the studio was finally built, Mr. Griffith asked me to stay on as a set builder. Stone fireplaces were my specialty, but I worked on everything from Gothic walls to painted desert backdrops. The actors were almost always friendly, and I was getting $55 a week and drove a $1,200 Buick. What more could a young man desire?” DW Griffith filming team – Mamaroneck NY – Way Down East In those days the area was less the “East Coast Hollywood” than Hollywood was “the West Co
Mayor of NY with Connie Towers and Lillian Gish – backstage in the opening night of “Anya” Mayor of NY with Connie Towers and Lillian Gish – backstage in the opening night of “Anya” (December 1965) Anya star Connie Towers is pictured backstage with Lillian Gish and Mayor of the New York City John Lindsey. In private life, Connie is Mrs. Eugene McGrath who often visits Miami. Her husband’s mother. Mrs. Harry Scheibla, lives in Miami. The McGraths have two small children, a son and a daughter. Photo Friedman Abeles 351W 54St. N.Y.C. 19 Judson 6-3260 Constance Towers, Lillian Gish and John Lindsey (Mayor of NY) – Photo Anya Dec 5 1965 Constance Towers, Lillian Gish and John Lindsey (Mayor of NY) – Anya Dec 5 1965 Back to Lillian Gish Home page