LILLIAN GISH - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 157056
Sale Price $162.00
LILLIAN GISH. ANS: "Lillian Gish", 1p, 3x5, attached to 8¼x10½ printed sheet. No date, no place. In full: "This in remembrance of 'The Wind'. It has stood the test of time...a bigger success today than when it was made." B/w still, 4½x8¼, of Gish from the film at left. At lower right, a synopsis of the 1928 film. In full: "A stellar performance by Lillian Gish highlights this film about the relentless power of the environment over human life. A sheltered Virginia girl moves to the rough, windy Texas prairie. There she encounters the man she marries but doesn't love, and the ubiquitous wind." 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. Fine condition.
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