An Artist Who Shaped Art of Film

And so, at last, the plowman, turning the furrows of life, comes to the boundary that divides the known from the unknown—the wilderness from the sown field. Whatever we may one day find beyond, is already there in every detail—only, I lack the clairvoyant gift, and turn for a brief backward glimpse. It is no vision of artistic triumph that comes to me tonight . . . not the memory of Chekhov’s radiant heroine . . . not the triste picture of that broken flower of the Limehouse . . . something even more real than these: a real child, trouping with wandering players, away from a mother’s care … a slim-legged little girl, who slept on station benches and telegraph tables, who running across a foot-bridge lost her poor possessions in the swift black water, who from a train or hotel window stared silently into the night.

“What are you looking at, Lillian?”

“Nothing, Aunt Alice, just looking.”

(Albert Bigelow Paine – Life and Lillian Gish)

Lillian Gish, at radio studios, where she performed LITTLE WOMEN on April 21, 1935

Photo: Lillian Gish, at radio studios,

where she performed LITTLE WOMEN on April 21, 1935

Lillian Gish in 1957
Lillian Gish in 1957

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Lillian Gish, ca. 1970s

“Unless there was a klieg light present, Lillian couldn’t react emotionally, Rather than face any crisis, she would choose to withdraw and stay inside her apartment instead of talking about it, no matter what it was.

We knew her, so we didn’t push the issue. If what had happened to her were dramatized in a play or film, she would have played it brilliantly and had audiences in tears, which she knew how to do very well.

In her real day-to-day life, away from the stage or screen, she was lost. She was a slave to fantasy. She went from one role to the next, knowing just which button to press to achieve the desired effect.”

Anita Loos

actress lillian gish. (photo by time life pictures - dmi - the life picture collection) oct 1987

  • Actress Lillian Gish. (Photo by Time Life Pictures – DMI – The LIFE Picture Collection) Oct 1987

1987 globe zumapress photo

  • Miss Lillian Gish – 1987 /Globe – Zumapress Photo
VI Moscow International Film Festival, July, 7–22 1969. Soviet director Grigory Alexandrov and Lillian Gish.
VI Moscow International Film Festival, July, 7–22 1969. Soviet director Grigory Alexandrov and Lillian Gish.
Celebrity Party given by Parisian dress designer Pierre Balmain at the Restaurant Mediterranee, in Paris, France, Andre Maourois and Lillian Gish - May 10, 1949
Celebrity Party given by Parisian dress designer Pierre Balmain at the Restaurant Mediterranee, in Paris, France, Andre Maourois and Lillian Gish – May 10, 1949
with Kate Revill, who plays her in a new musical, The Biograph Girl, at the Phoenix Theatre in London, 19th November 1980
with Kate Revill, who plays her in a new musical, The Biograph Girl, at the Phoenix Theatre in London, 19th November 1980
  • Opening of the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, (Photo: Library of Congress)

1937 Press Photo Actress Lillian Gish in - Show Boat

  • Photo: 1937 Press Photo Actress Lillian Gish in – “Show Boat”

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American Academy of Dramatic Arts Honor New-York USA Cecil B Demille - 16 dec 1958

American Academy of Dramatic Arts Honor New-York USA Cecil B Demille – 16 dec 1958

May 1984 photo of Rock Hudson and Lillian Gish in Washington, DC.
May 1984 – Lillian Gish and Rock Hudson in Washington, DC.
Lillian Gish, Martha Graham, Katharine Cornell New-York USA - May 11, 1965
Lillian Gish, Martha Graham, Katharine Cornell New-York USA – May 11, 1965
Berlin, Nation of Nations in Kongreßhalle Lillian Gish in 1957
Berlin, Nation of Nations in Kongreßhalle Lillian Gish in 1957
Lillian Gish - Academy of Dramatic Arts - New-York - USA - Feb 6, 1984 (detail)
Lillian Gish – Academy of Dramatic Arts – New-York – USA – Feb 6, 1984 (detail)
Lillian Gish Host of TV Silent Series 1975 PBS New-York, USA
Lillian Gish Host of TV Silent Series 1975 PBS New-York, USA

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  • Below, a selection of photographs – Unforgettable Miss Lillian Gish

 

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Letter Signed Lillian Gish to Vaudeville Actor Jesse Block

Letter Signed Lillian Gish to Vaudeville Actor Jesse Block

lillian gish mono-print suddeutsche zeitung p - late 60s germany

Photo: Lillian Gish mono-print Suddeutsche Zeitung p – late 60s Germany

 

james macarthur new-york-usa 19 jun 1960 detail

Photo: Lillian Gish and James MacArthur New-york-USA 19 jun 1960

Lillian Gish holding her Honorary Oscar at the 43rd Academy Awards, April 15th 1971. (Photo by Pictorial Parade Archive Photos)
Lillian Gish holding her Honorary Oscar at the 43rd Academy Awards, April 15th 1971. (Photo by Pictorial Parade Archive Photos)

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A selection made from few of Miss Lillian Gish’s silent films

 

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Miss Lillian Gish’s Quotes presented along with scenes from her movies

 

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