Motion Picture Magazine – November, 1924
What I Can Read in the Faces of the Film Stars
A Complete Analysis by F. Vance de Revere
One occasionally has the good fortune to meet an old-fashioned girl. I had this pleasure when I made this analysis of Lillian Gish. All her success has left her just as unspoiled, modest, and natural as can be. The thing that impresses me most is the splendid way her brain functions. She has a way of thinking things out and expressing them in the most clean-cut fashion. An hour seems like five minutes when conversing with Miss Gish. Her mouth is a very sensitive one, showing in the upper lip sympathy, a charitable nature with kindly interest toward her fellow beings, splendid poise and control. In the lower lip is found a well-developed maternal instinct ; she is one who is a decided asset in the sick-room. In the cheeks there is found industry, caution, and proof that she is a very reserved nature, and one who is too much repressed for her own good. She is a person who is very much interested in human nature. Society in general would have no interest for her ; she would prefer solitude to association with uninteresting people; she always finds plenty to interest her even when alone, and enjoys reading and developing her mentality. In the chin and jaw there is found persistency and determination ; a very strong will ; an affectionate nature ; one who feels deeply. The forehead shows a very good mentality and interest in things intellectual. Back of the hairline is shown a fullness which denotes a good command of English. In the nose there is – shown a good imagination, constructive ability, and, in the broad spacing between the eyes, is shown great breadth of mind. She is a person who permits others to do that which she herself would find objectionable. In the hands there is shown a highly inspirational nature, dramatic ability, tact, and an interest in the unusual, mystical and the occult.
In making a general summary: Lillian Gish is a serious, conscientious person with high ideals. She has qualities which would make a writer. She has dramatic ability and a good intellect. She is a wholesome, sweet girl, totally lacking in conceit, with good judgment and common sense beyond her years.
Having met and analyzed Lillian Gish, I found it doubly interesting to meet her sister Dorothy. The thing that impressed me most in connection with Dorothy Gish was her friendly manner and her kindly interest and enthusiasm. Being sisters, and in the same vocation, it is only natural that I should compare them. Dorothy’s mouth is somewhat similar to Lillian’s, with sympathy, kindness and a charitable nature in the upper lip ; but here is also found ardor and enthusiasm. In the lower lip is found an affectionate nature. In the cheeks there is found proof that hers is a nature that has the courage of its convictions ; she is less timid in expressing her opinions than is Lillian, altho she is not an aggressive nature. In the chin and jaw there is found love of the beautiful—she is a person who likes smart clothes and nice surroundings. Here there is found also persistency, determination, good powers of recuperation, and endurance. She is an affectionate person, with great loyalty toward her friends. The forehead shows a good mentality and an unusually good memory ; a far better memory than her sister. In the nose there is found a good imagination, constructive ability, self-protection, and the ability to gather together knowledge from that which she sees and hears. She is a person who analyzes things. In the hands there is shown a highly inspirational nature, tact and proof that she is a person who is not easily swayed when her mind is definitely made up. She has a frank, outspoken nature. The greatest difference in the two sisters is shown in the lower portion of the face. Dorothy is a positive type, Lillian a negative. Dorothy is more social by nature and has greater interest in all people, and in human nature. She is more analytical, has a better memory, and a wider variety of interests. She talks more readily and more easily than her sister, and takes life a little less seriously; represses less, and is more frank and outspoken. She is also more demonstrative. She thinks more about clothes and is more careless about details ; she is also less economical and more luxurious in her tastes. From a vocational standpoint she would fit into other professions more readily than her sister would, her face being more harmonic. She, like Lillian, is very wholesome, very natural, and has plenty of good common sense. She is also very alert, observing, appreciative and considerate.