CRUCIFER OF BLOOD BROADWAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HELEN HAYES, LILLIAN GISH - HFSID 288025
THE CRUCIFER OF BLOOD BROADWAY CAST CO-SIGNED BY: HELEN HAYES and LILLIAN GISH The "First Lady of the Silent Screen" and "First Lady of the American Stage" sign a December 1978 Playbill for the Tony winning production of The Crucifer of Blood
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THE CRUCIFER OF BLOOD BROADWAY CAST CO-SIGNED BY: HELEN HAYES and LILLIAN GISH
The "First Lady of the Silent Screen" and "First Lady of the American Stage" sign a December 1978 Playbill for the Tony winning production of The Crucifer of Blood.
Show Bill signed: "Helen Hayes" and "Lillian Gish", 98 pages, 5½x9. Signed in blue ink on the cover of a December 1978 Playbill for the production of The Crucifer of Blood performed at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Manhattan, New York. Written and directed by Paul Giovanni, the show opened September 28, 1978 and ran for a total of 236 performances until April 22, 1979. The play earned four 1979 Tony nominations, of which it won one for Best Lighting Design. LILLIAN GISH (1896-1993), born Lillian de Guiche, began her career as child actress "Baby Lillian" at the age of five. Lillian and her sister, Dorothy (1898-1968), who often toured with Lillian, made their film debuts (along with their mother, Mary Gish) in D.W. Griffith's film, An Unseen Enemy in 1912. Over the next several years, Lillian, who is credited as being the first true actress for recognizing the crucial differences between stage and film work and delivering carefully crafted performances, would make a number of films for Griffith, including The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), Way Down East (1920) and Orphans of the Storm (1922). In 1923, she went to MGM, where she made La Boheme and The Scarlet Letter (both 1926). In 1930, Gish appeared in her first sound film, One Romantic Night (1930). Lillian, who was known as "The First Lady of the Silent Screen", was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Duel in The Sun (1946) and received an honorary Oscar in 1970 for her contributions to film. HELEN HAYES (1900-1993) won the 1931-1932 Academy Award for Best Actress for the title role in The Sin of Madelon Claudet, her first film. After starring in Vanessa, Her Love Story in 1935 for M-G-M, Hayes returned to Broadway and enjoyed the greatest triumph of her stage career in the title role of Victoria Regina (1935-1938). She earned the sobriquet, First Lady of the American Stage, winning Tonys for Happy Birthday (1947), the first year the award was given, and for Time Remembered (1958). A frequent TV guest star from the 1950s to the 1980s, Hayes made occasional films, such as Anastasia (1956) and Airport (1970), winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the latter. Fine condition.
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