Lillian Gish
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Lillian Gish
Lillian Diana Gish was an American stage, screen and television actress whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987. The longevity of her career earned her the nickname "The First Lady of American Cinema". She was a prominent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D.W. Griffith, including her leading role in Griffith's seminal Birth of a Nation (1915).
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Local artist puts finishing touches on Gish mural - Massillon Independent
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Local artist Scot Phillips has completed the Lillian Gish mural on the west-facing wall of the pump station next to the Tuscarawas River in Massillon. His next project is a mural depicting the Massillon Tiger tradition. By Doug Staley A mural along
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Homer J is worried about some things after the Atlanta game - Behind the Steel Curtain
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To paraphrase the Lillian Gish character in the all-time classic "Night of the Hunter," "the snow's a gonna fall, and the wind's a gonna blow, but the running game, it will abide. The running game, it will abide." The weather's gonna get worse
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Top 10 Films - Sydney Morning Herald
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... which follows two fugitive children on a journey across a landscape starkly divided between good and evil - incarnated respectively by a saintly foster mother (Lillian Gish) and a murderous preacher (Robert Mitchum, at his very best)
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Book Review: GAY LETTERS From Millicent to Maude - Gayapolis
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With mentions and anecdotes about Colette, Adlai Stevenson, Lillian Gish, Gary Grant, Randolph, Blanche DuBois, Dorothy Kilgallen, Tab Hunter and Tallulah Bankhead to name but just a few notable individuals of yesteryear! The writings are bitchy,
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La Boheme - Indie Wire (blog)
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If Audrey Hepburn was the last virgin goddess of American films, Lillian Gish was the first. Often referred to at the time as “The First Lady of the Silent Screen,” she was indeed movies' first truly great actress. From her debut at age 19 in founding
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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The other four were Lillian Gish, Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert. In August 1926, Chaney, Novarro, and Gilbert were each making $3000 a week (approximately $37000 today); Norma Shearer was making $2000. Lillian Gish, under a special
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Top 10 Hollywood Films of the 1950s - TheCelebrityCafe.com
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The film is a twisted fairy tale, told with the elegance of a DW Griffith silent film (and even stars Griffith's muse, Lillian Gish). I'll just let some of Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets' script do the talking. JJ Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster): “I
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Best Bets: Scottish Festival, pianist Inon Barnatan, comedian Greg Proops and more - Denver Post
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The 8-minute work, which marries footage of silent-film actress Lillian Gish with fragments of 18th- and 19th-century engravings, has a deliberately anachronistic, slightly awkward look. Think Edward Gorey meets William Kentridge
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DVD/Blu-ray of the week: 'Never Apologize' with Malcolm McDowell - Baltimore Sun (blog)
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The audience laughed just as hard during Anderson's struggle to persuade Lillian Gish that a profile shot of her in "Whales of August" was as expressive as "Whistler's Mother." Gish countered with the most celebrated full-face portrait of all -- "but
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Kevin Brownlow: a life in the movies - The Guardian
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Among the royalty of old Hollywood he met (and in many cases became friendly with) Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Fay Wray, John Ford, King Vidor, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, David O Selznick and Fritz Lang
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Flooding inundates Stark, spares Massillon - Massillon Independent
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Aside from a report of high water at state Route 21 and Lillian Gish Boulevard, however, there were no reports of major flooding in the city from Tuesday's storm, according to Safety-Service Director Mike Loudiana. “I was really surprised,” he said
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Crime report for July 18 - Massillon Independent
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INCIDENT Officers chased down an 8-year-old boy Sunday after he reportedly attempted to ride his bicycle onto state Route 21 at Lillian Gish Boulevard. The boy's mother called police after he left their residence in the 400 block of Third St. NE
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Glamour of the Gods: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation – review - The Guardian
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Lillian Gish pluckily digging during a sandstorm in The Wind (1927); the shadow of Boris Karloff's Fu Manchu moustache against a wall: some of these images are very nearly stills, shot during breaks from filming and epitomising a whole character in one
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A baker's dozen: interesting people at the Silent Film Festival - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
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Dennis James: a performer since 1971, this world renown musician has toured with Lillian Gish and Charles "Buddy" Rogers and once played the glass armonica on a Linda Ronstadt album. A few years later, Ronstadt returned the favor and co-produced James'
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Readers Comment - Massillon Independent
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Hey, maybe they would paint Lillian Gish's picture on it to pretty it up. And well done council, well done David J. Hersher. Right call. Now, Dave, introduce legislation to exempt employees of RG Drage not living in the City of Massillon from having
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Unseen images of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn go on display - Daily Mail
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This new collection of 70 photographs and prints will be shown alongside vintage film stills from classic movies including Lillian Gish in The Wind, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Swing Time and James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause
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BWW Reviews: Electrically Charged KOWASKI Bows @ Two Roads Theatre - Broadway World
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It is always such fun to hear names tossed around like Tallulah Bankhead, Lillian Gish, Jessica Tandy and John Garfield, who make the scenario seem that much more enticing and genuine - and to hear backstage gossip/politics
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lillian Gish
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 99
    She died peacefully in her sleep of heart failure on February 27, 1993 at age 99, 8 months before what would have been her 100th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details She is interred beside her sister Dorothy at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City. Her estate was valued at several million dollars, the bulk of which went toward the creation of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Trust. A retrospective of Gish's life and achievements was showcased in an episode of the Emmy award winning PBS series, American Masters. The All Movie Guide wrote of her legacy: Turner Classic Movies writes:
  • 1991
    Age 97
    The debut album of The Smashing Pumpkins, released on May 28, 1991, is entitled Gish in reference to her.
    More Details Hide Details Singer Billy Corgan explained in an interview, "My grandmother used to tell me that one of the biggest things that ever happened was when Lillian Gish rode through town on a train, my grandmother lived in the middle of nowhere, so that was a big deal " Autobiographical: Biographical and other:
  • 1988
    Age 94
    Her final professional appearance was a cameo on the 1988 studio recording of Jerome Kern's Show Boat, starring Frederica von Stade and Jerry Hadley, in which she affectingly spoke the few lines of The Old Lady on the Levee in the final scene.
    More Details Hide Details The last words of her long career were, "Good night." Gish starred in an episode of I Was There, broadcast on CBS. The episode dramatized the making of the film The Birth of a Nation. On May 31, 1951, she starred in an adaptation of Black Chiffon on Playhouse on Broadway. The American Film Institute named Gish 17th among the greatest female stars of Classic American cinema. In 1955, she was awarded the George Eastman Award, for distinguished contribution to the art of film, at the George Eastman Museum's (then George Eastman House's) inaugural Festival of Film Artists. She was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1971, and in 1984 she received an AFI Life Achievement Award. Gish, an American icon, was also awarded in the Kennedy Center Honors. Gish never married or had children. The association between Gish and D. W. Griffith was so close that some suspected a romantic connection, an issue never acknowledged by Gish, although several of their associates were certain they were at least briefly involved. For the remainder of her life, she always referred to him as "Mr. Griffith". She was also involved with producer Charles Duell and drama critic and editor George Jean Nathan. In the 1920s, Gish's association with Duell was something of a tabloid scandal because he had sued her and made the details of their relationship public.
  • 1987
    Age 93
    Her last film role was appearing in The Whales of August in 1987 at the age of 93, with Vincent Price, Bette Davis, and Ann Sothern, in which Davis and she starred as elderly sisters in Maine.
    More Details Hide Details Gish's performance was received glowingly, winning her the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress. At the Cannes festival Lillian won a 10-minute standing ovation from the audience. Some in the entertainment industry were angry that Gish did not receive an Oscar nomination for her role in The Whales of August. Gish herself was more complacent, remarking that it saved her the trouble of "losing to Cher."
  • 1979
    Age 85
    In 1979, she was awarded the Women in film Crystal Award in Los Angeles In 1984, she received an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming only the second female recipient (preceded by Bette Davis in 1977) and the only recipient who was a major figure in the silent era.
    More Details Hide Details She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1720 Vine Street.
  • 1971
    Age 77
    Gish received a Special Academy Award in 1971 "For superlative artistry and for distinguished contribution to the progress of motion pictures."
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  • 1965
    Age 71
    She appeared as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna in the short-lived 1965 Broadway musical Anya.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to her later acting appearances, Gish became one of the leading advocates of the lost art of the silent film, often giving speeches and touring to screenings of classic works. In 1975, she hosted The Silent Years, a PBS film program of silent films. She was interviewed in the television documentary series Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film (1980).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1953
    Age 59
    Her most acclaimed television work was starring in the original production of The Trip to Bountiful in 1953.
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  • 1946
    Age 52
    Returning to movies, Gish was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1946 for Duel in the Sun.
    More Details Hide Details The scenes of her character's illness and death late in that film seemed intended to evoke the memory of some of her silent film performances. She appeared in films from time to time for the rest of her life, notably in Night of the Hunter (1955) as a rural guardian angel protecting her charges from a murderous preacher played by Robert Mitchum. She was considered for various roles in Gone with the Wind ranging from Ellen O'Hara, Scarlett's mother, which went to Barbara O'Neil, to prostitute Belle Watling, which went to Ona Munson. Gish made numerous television appearances from the early 1950s into the late 1980s.
  • FORTIES
  • 1936
    Age 42
    She acted on the stage for the most part in the 1930s and early 1940s, appearing in roles as varied as Ophelia in Guthrie McClintic's landmark 1936 production of Hamlet (with John Gielgud and Judith Anderson) and Marguerite in a limited run of La Dame aux Camélias.
    More Details Hide Details Of the former, she said, with pride, "I played a lewd Ophelia!"
  • THIRTIES
  • 1928
    Age 34
    Her contract with MGM ended in 1928.
    More Details Hide Details Three films with MGM gave her near-total creative control, La Bohème (1926), The Scarlet Letter (1926), and The Wind (1928). The Wind, Gish's favorite film of her MGM career, was a commercial failure with the rise of talkies, but is now recognized as one of the most distinguished works of the silent period. Though not a box-office hit as before, her work was respected artistically more than ever, and MGM pressed her with offers to appear in the new medium of sound pictures. Her debut in talkies was only moderately successful, largely due to the public's changing attitudes. Many of the silent era's leading ladies, such as Gish and Pickford, had been wholesome and innocent, but by the early 1930s (after the full adoption of sound and before the Motion Picture Production Code was enforced) these roles were perceived as outdated. The ingenue's diametric opposite, the vamp, was at the height of its popularity. Gish was increasingly seen as a "silly, sexless antique" (to quote Louise Brooks's sarcastic summary of Gish's criticism). Louis Mayer wanted to stage a scandal ("knock her off her pedestal") to garner public sympathy for Gish, but Lillian didn't want to act both on screen and off, and returned to her first love, the theater.
  • 1926
    Age 32
    MGM offered her a contract in 1926 for six films, for which she was offered 1 million dollars ($13.4 million in 2015 dollars).
    More Details Hide Details She turned down the money, requesting a more modest wage and a percentage so that the studio could use the funds to increase the quality of her films — hiring the best actors, screenwriters, etc. By the late silent era, Greta Garbo had usurped Gish as MGM's leading lady.
  • 1925
    Age 31
    In 1925 Gish reluctantly ended her work with Griffith to take an offer from the recently formed MGM which gave her more creative control.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 19
    Gish continued to perform on the stage, and in 1913, during a run of A Good Little Devil, she collapsed from anemia.
    More Details Hide Details Lillian would take suffering for her art to the extreme in a film career which became her obsession. One of the enduring images of Gish's silent film years is the climax of the melodramatic Way Down East, in which Gish's character floats unconscious on an ice floe towards a raging waterfall, her long hair and hand trailing in the water. Her performance in these frigid conditions gave her lasting nerve damage in several fingers. Similarly, when preparing for her death scene in La Bohème over a decade later, Gish reportedly did not eat and drink for three days beforehand, causing the director to fear he would be filming the death of his star as well as of the character. Lillian starred in many of Griffith's most acclaimed films, including The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), Broken Blossoms (1919), Way Down East (1920), and Orphans of the Storm (1921).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Age 9
    From 1903 to 1904, Lillian toured in Her First False Step, with her mother and Dorothy.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she danced with a Sarah Bernhardt production in New York City. After 10 years of acting on the stage, she made her film debut opposite Dorothy in Griffith's short film An Unseen Enemy (1912). At the time established thespians considered "the flickers" a rather base form of entertainment, but she was assured of its merits.
  • 1902
    Age 8
    Gish made her stage debut in 1902, at The Little Red School House in Rising Sun, Ohio.
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  • 1893
    Born
    Born on October 14, 1893.
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