LILLIAN GISH - INSCRIBED SHOW BILL SIGNED CIRCA 1937 CO-SIGNED BY: BURGESS MEREDITH - HFSID 76678
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LILLIAN GISH and BURGESS MEREDITH
Stars of The Star-Wagon (at the Empire Theatre) sign a Playbill from their 1937 performance.
Show bill signed: "Burgess/Meredith" and "Lillian Gish:" on front cover and inscribed and signed: "For Julie Sullivan-/In remembrance,/Lillian Gish:" on page 45, 58p, 6¾x9¼. New York City, circa November 1937.Playbill for Maxwell Anderson's play, The Star-Wagon, at the Empire Theatre on Broadway. Meredith and Gish co-starred as Stephen and Martha Minch in the play, which ran from September 29, 1937 to April 1938. This issue of "Playbill" is for performances beginning Monday Evening, November 1, 1937. Brief biographies of Gish and Meredith on page 52. 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. BURGESS MEREDITH (1907-1997), who made his stage debut in 1929 and his film debut in 1936 (Winterset, reprising his stage role), was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Day of the Locust (1975) and Rocky (1976). Meredith appeared in feature films as both a character and lead actor, and his credits include Of Mice and Men (1939), Advise and Consent (1962), In Harm's Way (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Foul Play (1978), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men (1995). He was also a frequent guest TV performer, appearing in a number of made-for-television movies and on Playhouse 90 (1957), The Twilight Zone (1959, 1961, 1963), Bonanza (1967), The Monkees (1968) and Batman, in one of his most memorable roles, "The Penguin" (series and film, 1966). Lightly creased, slightly soiled. Worn at edges, chipped at upper right corner and lower left edge of front cover. Overall, fine condition.
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