LILLIAN GISH - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 10/02/1952 - HFSID 161280
LILLIAN GISH. ANS: "Lillian Gish:" on verso of 3½x5½ postcard depicting Gish on front. B/w, 3½x5½ overall, image 3x4½ (one surface). Name imprinted at lower margin. 5-cent James Monroe stamp affixed, postmarked New York, New York, October 9, 1952.
Sale Price $252.00
LILLIAN GISH. ANS: "Lillian Gish:" on verso of 3½x5½ postcard depicting Gish on front. B/w, 3½x5½ overall, image 3x4½ (one surface). Name imprinted at lower margin. 5-cent James Monroe stamp affixed, postmarked New York, New York, October 9, 1952. Addressed by Gish to: "Diah [illegible] Owen., 71 Naxxan Road.. B'Kara, Malta". In full: "I only wish I had something better to send you. With every good wish". Malta postmark at three lines of writing (all legible). In the year she signed this note, Gish appeared on an episode of TV's Schlitz Playhouse of Stars. 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. Verso is lightly soiled, touching signature and address. Photograph has minor surface creases and scratches (not evident head on). Fine condition.
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