Lilyan Tashman

Lilyan Tashman

Born Oct 23, 1896

Lilyan Tashman was a Brooklyn-born Jewish American vaudeville, Broadway, and film actress. Tashman was best known for her supporting roles as tongue-in-cheek villainesses and the bitchy 'other woman'. She made sixty-six films over the course of her Hollywood career and although never obtained superstar status, her cinematic performances are "sharp, clever and have aged little over the decades.… Read More

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1896 Birth Born on October 23, 1896.


Tall, blonde, and slender with fox-like features and a throaty voice, Tashman freelanced as a fashion and artist's model in New York City. By 1914 she was an experienced vaudevillian, appearing in Ziegfeld Follies between 1916 and 1918.
1916 19 Years Old In 1916, she played Viola in a Shakespeare-inspired number for the Ziegfeld Follies and remained with the Follies for the 1917 and 1918 seasons.


1919 22 Years Old In 1919, producer David Belasco gave her a supporting role in Avery Hopwood's comedy The Gold Diggers. … Read More
1921 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1921 Tashman made her film debut in Experience, and over the next decade and a half she appeared in numerous silent films. … Read More
1922 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1922, she had a small role in the Mabel Normand film Head Over Heels.
1924 27 Years Old In 1924, she appeared in five films (including a cinematic adaptation of The Garden of Weeds) and received good reviews for Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model and Winner Take All. … Read More
She married actor Edmund Lowe in 1925 and her wardrobe and lavish parties became the talk of the town.
1926 29 Years Old From 1926 to 1929, she appeared in numerous films, became a valued supporting player, and even starred in the independent Rocking Moon (1926) and The Woman Who Did Not Care (1927). … Read More


1932 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, her health began to fail but she appeared in The Wiser Sex, Those We Love, the film on the Russian Revolution, Scarlet Dawn, Mama Loves Papa with Charlie Ruggles (1933), and the musical Too Much Harmony (1933).
In early 1934, she appeared in Riptide with Norma Shearer. … Read More
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