Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish

Her Legend, Her Life

Book - 2001
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Written with unprecedented access to her letters, journals, and unpublished articles, this is the definitive biography of a seminal figure in American film -- one of "Entertainment Weekly's" "100 Greatest Stars of All Time."

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

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2001.
ISBN: 9780684855141
Branch Call Number: 791/.43/028/092/Gish/-A 6173cg 1
Characteristics: 445 p.


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