The New York Times – 1969
Lillian Gish Plans Double Exposure
April 10, 1969
BIRTH OF A BENEFIT: Lillian Gish, flanked by Bennet Kqrn and Joan Fontaine, sponsors of a benefit performance of “Lillian Gish and the Movies.” Program of rare film clips narrated by Miss Gish will have its New York premiere next Thursday at Columbia’s McMillin Theater to benefit the university’s D. W. Griffith Scholarship Fund. Tickets at $5 will include a champagne reception.
The New York premiere of a film program, “Lillian Gish and the Movies,” on Thursday will benefit Columbia University’s new D. W. Griffith Scholarship Fund, named for the director who gave Miss Gish her movie start in 1912 and who made her a star with his 1915 epic “Birth of a Nation. Among lhe 23 silent clips narrated by Miss Gish during the 90-minute program at Columbia’s McMillin Theater will be a rare shot of Griffithbehind the cameras and scenes from several of his movies. Other segments will show early efforts by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and experimental films made before movies became commercial.
The scholarship fund is being established to help promising student directors in the film division of Columbia’s School of the Arts. A champagne reception honoring Miss Gish, whose autobiography “The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me” will be published by Prentice-Hall on April 21, will follow the 8:30 P.M. program. Tickets at $5, may be ordered from Dr. Arthur S. Barron, chairman of the film division.