LILLIAN GISH. TLS: "Lillian Gish.", 1p, 4¼x5. The Shelton, New York City, 1927 November 19. On On her monogrammed stationery to "Dear Mr. Dorian

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LILLIAN GISH. TLS: "Lillian Gish.", 1p, 4¼x5. The Shelton, New York City, 1927 November 19. On On her monogrammed stationery to "Dear Mr. Dorian". In full: "Your letter has just reached me, and I would like very much to help you, but, after thinking it over, I have concluded, (if you will forgive me) that I have yet to be 'discovered'. Yours sincerely". In the year she signed this letter, Gish appeared in two films, Annie Laurie and The Enemy. 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. Fine condition.

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