Lilian Gish, 1920 Lillian Diana Gish was an American stage, screen and television actress, director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987. Gish was called The First Lady of American Cinema
Lillian Gish - the most beautiful girl of the Silent Screen. Her characters were innocent even when their lives had been tainted by hardship. Her characters were not only beautiful but brave and strong. She depicted women from literature and even opera as no one else has ever done. She was Hollywood's brightest star for many, many years.
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