King Wallis Vidor, 1894-1982
King Vidor died peacefully at his ranch in Paso Robles on November 1, 1982, As his family subsequently gathered his belongings from various homes and storerooms, it became clear that he had preserved an amazing collection of personal and professional papers. One small trunk became the basis for Sidney Kirkpatrick’s best-selling book A Cast of Killers (1986), and the entire collection was subsequently donated to the University of Southern California where it is available to researchers . Other collections of Vidor papers may be found at the UCLA Research Library and at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The volume of material is daunting , but would make possible a definitive biography of a pioneer film artist who was also a beautiful and extraordinary human being.
VIDOR: I thought it looked absolutely convincing. She (Lillian Gish) looked really dead. There is no movement of breath, her eyes, or her mouth. I have never seen a picture of somebody looking dead right away, but her performance sure convinced me.