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Admirable Women - Actresses

Lillian Diana Gish

"I think the things that are necessary in my profession are these: Taste, Talent and Tenacity. I think I have had a little of all three."

(Source: donaldmania)

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Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess in ‘Broken Blossoms’ directed by DW Griffith (1919 silent film) [X]

October 14 is Lillian’s Birthday…I didn’t know that when I made this post…

(Source: unnamed-cat)

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anaggressivenature:

Lillian Gish in Way Down East (1920)

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rumours79:

Lillian Gish. La Boheme. 1926.

"According to Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, Gish prepared for the death scene by not drinking or eating for three days. When Vidor saw her condition, he worried that it might be Gish’s death scene as well as Mimi’s. She also learned how to breathe without visible movement and visited hospitals to learn about stages of tuberculosis."

The more I read about her the more impressed I become.

rumours79:

Lillian Gish. La Boheme. 1926.

"According to Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, Gish prepared for the death scene by not drinking or eating for three days. When Vidor saw her condition, he worried that it might be Gish’s death scene as well as Mimi’s. She also learned how to breathe without visible movement and visited hospitals to learn about stages of tuberculosis."

The more I read about her the more impressed I become.

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thefrankshow:

Dorothy and Lillian Gish in “The Sisters,” 1914.  “In this period if your eye was not larger than your mouth, you were not considered photogenic.”  Lillian Gish

thefrankshow:

Dorothy and Lillian Gish in “The Sisters,” 1914. “In this period if your eye was not larger than your mouth, you were not considered photogenic.” Lillian Gish

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missmarlenedietrich:


"I never approved of talkies. Silent movies were well on their way to developing an entirely new art form. It was not just pantomine, but something wonderfully expressive." 

Lillian Gish in “Broken Blossoms” (1919)

missmarlenedietrich:

"I never approved of talkies. Silent movies were well on their way to developing an entirely new art form. It was not just pantomine, but something wonderfully expressive."

Lillian Gish in “Broken Blossoms” (1919)

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helenasbonhamcarter:

Broken Blossoms, 1919

During the filming of the iconic “closet scene”, Lillian Gish's performance of pure, animalistic terror was so realistic that director D.W. Griffith felt compelled to shout back at her and urge her further. A passer-by heard this going on and, sure that something awful was going on, had to be stopped from rushing into the studio. 

Co-star Richard Barthelmess reported that her hysteria was induced by Griffith’s taunting of her.  Lillian herself claimed that she improvised the girl’s tortured movements on the spot and when she finished the scene a hush fell on stage, broken finally by Griffith’s exclamation, ‘My God, why didn’t you warn me you were going to do that?’”
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(Source: bridiequilty)

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wehadfacesthen:

Lillian Gish, 1924, photographed by Nicolai Felchin in costume for Romola

wehadfacesthen:

Lillian Gish, 1924, photographed by Nicolai Felchin in costume for Romola

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(Source: keatonesque)

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