Dorothy Gish
Actress, director, writer
Dorothy Gish
Dorothy Elizabeth Gish was an American actress, and the younger sister of actress Lillian Gish.
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Westport Country Playhouse marks 80th birthday - Stamford Times
Google News - over 5 years
When Dorothy Gish hit the stage in "The Streets of New York," in 1931, it began eight decades of WCP brining in the top playwrights and finest thespians in the world. Liza Minnelli even made her stage debut in a production of "The Fantasticks" in 1964
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A grand dame of the theater celebrates an 80th birthday - Ct Post
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"The Streets of New York," starring Dorothy Gish and Rollo Peters, was the first play performed at the theater in 1931. Langner ran the theater until 1959, when it was taken over by James B. McKenzie, who then led the theater as executive producer for
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5 Things All About Westport: July 1 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The theater officially opened its doors June 29, 1931 and welcomed audiences to its first production, “The Streets of New York,” starring Dorothy Gish. Patch covered the birthday party, which included theater staff and local and state officials
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Westport Country Playhouse Celebrates 80th Birthday - Broadway World
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The historic theater opened on June 29, 1931 with its first production, "The Streets of New York," starring Dorothy Gish. "We invite the community to share this historic day with us," said Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director
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5 Things All About Westport: June 27 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The theater officially opened its doors June 29, 1931 and welcomed audiences to its first production, “The Streets of New York,” starring Dorothy Gish. Patch has a preview of the event, which will include theater staff and local and state officials
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5 Things All About Westport: June 22 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The theater officially opened its doors June 29, 1931 and welcomed audiences to its first production, “The Streets of New York,” starring Dorothy Gish. Patch has a preview of the event, which will include theater staff and local and state officials
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Playhouse Hosts 80th Birthday Party - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
However, Wednesday, June 29 marks the day that the theater officially opened its doors in 1931 and welcomed audiences to its first production, “The Streets of New York,” starring Dorothy Gish. To commemorate the Playhouse's birthday,
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Today In Theatre History: JUNE 4 - Playbill.com
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1968 Stage and screen actress Dorothy Gish dies today in Rapallo, Italy. Her first New York stage appearance was in 1903 in East Lynne. She began her film career in 1912, but resumed her stage career
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Playhouse exhibit at Westport Library - Westport-News
Google News - almost 6 years
The following year, the playhouse opened with a production of "The Streets of New York," starring Dorothy Gish, beginning a tradition that has continued over the next eight decades of producing plays with some of the great theater stars of the day
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On This Day in History: May 6 Brooklyn Movies Weren't Talking - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - almost 6 years
Next door at the Strand an 8-reel feature movie was playing with Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Gish, A Bright Shawl with music accompanying the film by the Mark Strand Orchestra. Keeney's at 300 Livingston St., was showing Poor Men's Wives and
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THEATER REVIEW | CONNECTICUT; Buried in Rocks, but Keeping Her Chin Up
NYTimes - over 6 years
Mark Lamos knows a hard sell when he sees one. That is why last weekend, when he gave the Westport Country Playhouse audience his customary opening-night welcome, he added a few words about the play it was about to see -- Samuel Beckett's ''Happy Days'' -- and the overall work of Beckett. ''To some people, it's entertainment,'' said Mr. Lamos, the
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Film Series and Movie Listings
NYTimes - over 8 years
Film Series EVERY MINUTE, FOUR IDEAS: THE FILMS OF ARNAUD DESPLECHIN (Friday through Thursday) The dense, noisy, omnivorous films of this 48-year-old French filmmaker retain a youthful vitality even as they circle increasingly ominous themes of mortality. All of Mr. Desplechin's feature-length films are included in this retrospective -- ''Kings and
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THEATER; Dramatic Duo Take Reins Again at Westport
NYTimes - about 9 years
JOANNE WOODWARD and Anne Keefe look like two former sorority sisters who have kept in touch. Both have white hair now, Ms. Woodward's short and chic with bangs, Ms. Keefe's elegant and pulled back. Both dress like affluent country ladies, in pants outfits with good-looking jewelry. Both complain that they've gained weight. Talking to each other,
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He's Got the Salad Covered. Can He Serve You Dinner?
NYTimes - over 10 years
PAUL NEWMAN led me to the deck of his new restaurant, behind the famous old theater that his wife, Joanne Woodward, helped save. He put his arm around my shoulder and pointed to the side of the building. ''Now, what do you think of the color?'' he asked. It was green. Kind of a bad, bilious green. But do you tell Paul Newman, 81 and still racing
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Settling Down To Take Over Westport Theater
NYTimes - over 11 years
IF Tazewell Thompson ever takes home a Tony, there's a good chance he'll thank the nuns. Some introductions may be necessary. Mr. Thompson, 50, is one of the nation's busiest freelance theater and opera directors, a frequent flier and self-professed workaholic whose productions have been seen at La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera House and the
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When a Nickel Opened Doors; The Automat's Golden Age, Before Coffee Soared to 10 Cents
NYTimes - almost 14 years
Nov. 29, 1950, was fateful for the restaurant business; the price of the automat's coffee went to a dime from a nickel. Horn & Hardart, which owned the famous automat chain, had agonized over a coffee price increase for several years. Since the first New York automat opened in Times Square on July 2, 1912, a nickel had bought a cup. But now the
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THEATER; An Evening Of American Classics
NYTimes - about 14 years
IT is the kind of classic autumn day here when the trees are brilliant yellow and the light begins its slow fade after 4 in the afternoon. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are gamely going through the final motions of an interview with an entertainment reporter from ''The Today Show'' -- responding to questions they are notoriously weary of, like,
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Westport Playhouse Facing More Change
NYTimes - over 16 years
EVERYTHING that was new at the Westport Country Playhouse this past summer is new again. Or as Jeff Provost, the theater's press and marketing director put it last Tuesday, his second day on the job, ''It feels like a start-up theater with a 70-year history.'' That history, reflected to the passerby in photographs and window cards all over the
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THE GUIDE
NYTimes - over 16 years
Playhouse's Birthday An exhibition celebrating the 70-year history of the Westport Country Playhouse may be seen there through Oct. 28. The theater was founded in 1930 in an old barn by two experienced New York theater people -- Lawrence Langner, founder and director of the prestigious Theatre Guild, and his wife, Armina. In those days, there were
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dorothy Gish
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 69
    She died in 1968 from bronchial pneumonia at the age of 70 at a clinic in Rapallo, Italy, where she had been a patient for two years, with sister Lillian at her side.
    More Details Hide Details Dorothy Gish was entombed in Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City in the columbarium in the undercroft of the church. Her sister Lillian was later interred beside her. For her contribution as an actress in motion pictures, Dorothy Gish was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California. "Dorothy was much more talented than I am because she had wit. She could make people laugh. And they said I was as funny as a baby's open grave. I couldn't make people laugh, but Dorothy could make them cry and laugh, so therefore she was the better actress than I was." Notes Bibliography
  • FORTIES
  • 1946
    Age 47
    Director Otto Preminger cast Dorothy in his 1946 film, Centennial Summer, and she was said to have been amused that she and some of the other stars were allowed to sing Jerome Kern’s music.
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  • 1945
    Age 46
    The play had been a film in 1945 with her sister, Lillian, made for Paramount Pictures Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details “The truth is, that she did not know what she really wanted to do,” wrote her sister, Lillian, in her autobiography. “She had always had trouble making decisions and assuming responsibilities, In some ways she had never grown up. She was such a witty and enchanting child that we enjoyed indulging her. First Mother and I spoiled her and later Reba, her friend, and her husband Jim. Reba called Dorothy ‘Baby’ and so did Jim. With the best intentions in the world, we all helped to keep her a child.” From 1930 until her death, she only appeared in five more movies. Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944) was a hit for Paramount. The Magnificent Yankee (1946) presented Dorothy at the Royale Theater. Lillian noted in her pictorial book, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, John Chapman's review of the film: "Miss Dorothy Gish and Mr. Calhern give the finest performances I have ever seen them in. She is a delight and a darling."
  • 1939
    Age 40
    In 1939, both Dorothy and Lillian Gish found the role of a lifetime. “Dorothy and I went to see the New York production of Life With Father, starring Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney,” Lillian wrote in her autobiography. “After the performance I said: ‘This is the play we’ve been waiting for to take through America.’” Lillian predicted the popular play would be a perfect showcase for all the people who had seen the hundreds of films featuring Mary Pickford, Dorothy, and herself.
    More Details Hide Details She was introduced to Lindsay backstage, and immediately surprised the producers with her enthusiastic desire to head the first company to go on the road, with Dorothy taking the same part for the second road company, and the movie rights for Mary Pickford. Pickford did not make the film version, but the Gish sisters took the two road companies on extensive tours. Television in the 1950s offered many actors the opportunity to appear in plays broadcast live. Dorothy ventured into the new medium, appearing on NBC’s Lux Video Theatre on the night of November 24, 1955, in a production of Miss Susie Slagle’s.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 36
    They divorced in 1935; Dorothy never remarried.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 26
    "And So I Am a Comedienne", an article published in Ladies Home Journal in July 1925, gave Dorothy a chance to recall her public persona: “And so I am a comedienne, though I, too, once wanted to do heroic and tragic things.
    More Details Hide Details Today my objection to playing comedy is that it is so often misunderstood by the audiences, both in the theater and in the picture houses. It is so often thought to be a lesser art and something which comes to one naturally, a haphazard talent like the amateur clowning of some cut-up who is so often thought to be ‘the life of the party’. In the eyes of so many persons comedy is not only the absence of studied effect and acting, but it is not considered an art.” When the film industry converted to talking pictures, Dorothy made one, Wolves (1930), but then chose to take a respite from film work and return to the American stage where she had spent her childhood. George Cukor directed her in Young Love, and the light comedy found success with New York audiences as well as those on the road. A London production followed with equal success.
  • 1920
    Age 21
    They were married in 1920 in a double ceremony with actress Constance Talmadge and businessman John Piagoglou.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 19
    Dorothy became famous in this long series of Griffith-supervised films for the Triangle-Fine Arts and Paramount companies from 1918 through 1920, comedies that put her in the front ranks of film comedians.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1898
    Born
    Born on March 11, 1898.
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