Her Legend, Her LifeBook - 2001
At the time of her death in 1993, Lillian Gish was universally recognized as a film legend. Now, Charles Affron reveals a life that, for decades, was cast in the shadow of self-generated myth. Using newly released papers at the New York Public Library, Affron fills the gaps left by Gish's selective memoirs and author-ized biographies, and shows how the actress carefully forged her public identity while keeping much of her life private.
In a career that began in 1902 and lasted well into the 1980s and included such classic films as The Birth of a Nation and The Night of the Hunter, Gish went from child actress to legend. This account of Gish's life travels two parallel journeys: One traces her beginnings as a child actress in melodramas, through the birth of movies, the glory days of the studio system in Holly-wood and the coming of sound, the Broadway theater and television, to her final starring film app