Whereas scene stills taken on the set generally differ from portraits, sometimes a photo can work as both, such as this striking example. The well- known photographer, James Abbe, was hired to take both types of photos on Way Down Eastand this one may well have been by him, while actress Lillian Gish was sensitive to the value of quality photographs and was a willing subject. Most remarkable here is the almost tactile quality, capturing the textures of her beautiful white wedding dress

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Whereas scene stills taken on the set generally differ from portraits, sometimes a photo can work as both, such as this striking example. The well- known photographer, James Abbe, was hired to take both types of photos on Way Down Eastand this one may well have been by him, while actress Lillian Gish was sensitive to the value of quality photographs and was a willing subject. Most remarkable here is the almost tactile quality, capturing the textures of her beautiful white wedding dress

Lillian Gish born Oct. 14, 1893 Springfield Ohio, USA. Near my Foreman ancestors.

Lillian Gish born Oct. 14, 1893 Springfield Ohio, USA. Near my Foreman ancestors.

Lillian Gish silent film

Lillian Gish silent film

LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed.

LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed.

Lillian Gish, Early 1920s

Lillian Gish, Early 1920s

Lillian Gish,1924                                                       …

Lillian Gish,1924 …

Lillian Gish, 1920, photographed by James Abbe. Called "The First Lady of American Cinema"...The American Film Institute (AFI) named her 17th among the greatest female stars of all time. She was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1971, and in 1984 she received an AFI Life Achievement Award

Lillian Gish, 1920, photographed by James Abbe. Called "The First Lady of American Cinema"...The American Film Institute (AFI) named her 17th among the greatest female stars of all time. She was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1971, and in 1984 she received an AFI Life Achievement Award

Lilian Gish  My  16 month old Granddaughter is Theodora Lillian Gish.. what a beautiful picture of her namesake

Lilian Gish My 16 month old Granddaughter is Theodora Lillian Gish.. what a beautiful picture of her namesake

Lillian Gish great silent movie actress but also famous for some important movies in the golden era..especially in ''Night of the Hunter'' 1955 opposite Robert Mitchum...the movie was co-directed by Charles Laughton and a great success xo

Lillian Gish great silent movie actress but also famous for some important movies in the golden era..especially in ''Night of the Hunter'' 1955 opposite Robert Mitchum...the movie was co-directed by Charles Laughton and a great success xo

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