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LILLIAN GISH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/21/1914 - HFSID 171571

LILLIAN GISH Lillian Gish sends an autograph letter saying that she will send a photograph once the new ones are done. Autograph Letter Signed: "Lillian D. Gish.", 2p, 5x6½, separate sheets. Los Angeles, California, 1914 March 21. To "Dear Miss Calvert

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LILLIAN GISH
Lillian Gish sends an autograph letter saying that she will send a photograph once the new ones are done.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Lillian D. Gish.", 2p, 5x6½, separate sheets. Los Angeles, California, 1914 March 21. To "Dear Miss Calvert". In full: "I will only be to (sic, too) pleased to send you an autographed photograph of myself. I am having some new ones finished which I will mail to you the first of the week. I have been very busy at the Studio or I would have answered your letter long before this. Trusting you will be pleased with the photograph I remain Sincerely Yours". Two magazine photographs, b/w, 2¼x2¾ and 4x5¼, irregularly cut, affixed at lower margin of signature page. In the year she wrote this letter, Gish was indeed busy - she made 14 films, from A Duel for Love to The Sisters, in 1914. 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. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. Paper remnant and show through of mounting glue at upper blank margin of first page, paper remnant at upper margin of signature page, which is lightly soiled at right margin. Mounting remnants and glue stains on verso of both pages (very light show through).

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