Chicago Tribune – Tuesday, January 8, 1963 Page 25
Old Movie Days Recalled
Lillian Gish Feted at Luncheon
By Mary Middleton
“Lillian Gish, she’s my dish!” chanted the parrot Mrs. Solomon B. Smith took to Mrs. Homer P. Hargrave’s luncheon for the actress yesterday. “I lived with a parrot for 20 years,” Miss Gish exclaimed. “We named it John – and it laid an egg!”
Mrs. Smith’s parrot wasn’t real; it was a mechanical bird with a tape recorder in its base which also told listeners that Miss Gish is starring in “A Passage to India,” opening Friday in the Goodman theater. The play’s setting was inspiration for the curried chicken luncheon, for the Indian airlines ticket folders that were guests’ place cards, for the poster of the Taj Mahal which was hung in the little foyer of the Hargraves’ apartment, and for the Chinese fortune cookies that opened to reveal predictions of Miss Gish’s performance in Chicago.
Following a short engagement in January 1963 as Mrs.Moore in a student production of Sama Rama Thau’s adaptation of E.M.Forster’s novel, A Passage to India at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Lillian returned to New York to begin rehearsals as Mrs. Mopply in an all star revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Too True to Be Good. (Stuart Oderman, Lillian Gish: A Life on Stage and Screen)