After an eight year absence, Lillian Gish is back in Hollywood for a starring role in “Night of the Hunter.” Graciously she greeted me at the door of her apartment when I called.
Over coffee and cakes, we discussed the beauty routine of this charming veteran of many stage and screen roles. Noticing her slender figure, I asked first about her diet.
“You wouldn’t think I had one, looking at this,” she said laughingly as she indicated the plate of sweets before us. “I’ve never had to worry about being too fat. I can eat anything I please.
“But I do try to eat healthy foods. I often shop at the stores which carry organically grown products. I don’t believe in super-refined foods – never eat white bread. Feeling fit is the best way to look well, don’t you think?”
I asked Miss Gish if she’d ever been too thin.
“Yes, at a time when I had worked eight or nine years without a vacation,” she said. “I was thin, nervous, completely run down. To recuperate, I went to Munich and took the beer cure – my own invention. They have wonderful beer in Munich – 16 different kinds. It is very mild, and they serve it with huge white radishes and coarse salt.
“Since I’m not a drinker, just one glass of beer would make me relaxed and sleepy. I would have one for lunch, take a long nap, have another at dinner, and sleep like a baby all night. After three weeks if that, I had gained pounds and felt completely refreshed!”
Miss Gish’s ash blonde hair shone in the afternoon sun as she bent forward to sip her coffee. Simply pulled back in a bun, it looked long and luxuriant.
When I mentioned her hair, she said: “Yes, it comes to my waist. I never cut it, and I’ve never changed the color. I have it washed in a beauty salon which has branches all over the world. They believe in a healthy scalp. They wash the hair with a sponge and dry it by hand with towels. No dryers. No matter what color hair is, it’s pretty if it’s shining and healthy, don’t you think?
Uses Almond Oil
When I asked for her favorite beauty preparation, Miss Gish told me: “My mother used to make her own cold cream with almond oil and other ingredients. I don’t bother making cream, but I still use almond oil, mixed with baby oil, to remove my make-up when I’m working.” In private life, she uses only powder and lipstick.
Asked if she had any philosophy regarding beauty, Miss Gish replied: “I don’t think a woman can be more attractive outside than she is inside. After 30, her character is pretty well written in her face. For the rest, I think God designs His scenery very well. But a little embellishment is fun. Wouldn’t the world be dull without it!”
Gish and Davis: Could the Two Work Together? – By Mike Kaplan (The New York Times – 1993) FILM; Gish and Davis: Could the Two Work Together? By Mike Kaplan The New York Times – April 18, 1993 When “The Whales of August” was filmed in 1986, the story of the relationship between two elderly sisters brought together two of the screen’s most enduring stars, Lillian Gish and Bette Davis. Miss Gish, who died Feb. 27 at the age of 99, will be remembered on Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art with a program called “In Memoriam.” It will include “The Whales of August,” her final film, directed by Lindsay Anderson, as well as her first, D. W. Griffith’s “Unseen Enemy” (1912). Here, Mike Kaplan, who co-produced “The Whales of August,” reflects on the interaction of its two stars. Bette Davis and Lillian Gish – The Whales of August, 1987 In the tributes to Lillian Gish that followed her death, references to her final starring role in “The Whales of August” were always glowing. B
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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