Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001423115012: LILLIAN GISH

Choice vintage first day cover for a 1975 stamp honoring director D.W. Griffith, boldly signed by his favorite leading lady in black fine-tip pen in in the early 1980s. In good condition and nice for display. Widely considered one of the greatest American actresses of all-time, legendary silent movie queen Lillian Gish began her career as a child performer on the stage, working alongside her sister, Dorothy.  In 1912, she was discovered by D.W. Griffith, who cast her in An Unseen Enemy, The One She Loved, My Baby, and nine other films that year.  She became enormously popular with the public and, in 1915 and 1916, starred in the director's ambitious historical epics The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages. Their collaborations continued with Hearts of the World (1918), A Romance in Happy Valley (1919), the marvelous Broken Blossoms (1919), True Heart Susie (1919), Way Down East (1920), and Orphans of the Storm (1921). Increasingly branching out to work with other filmmakers, Gish was unforgettable in Henry King's The White Sister (1919) and Romola (1921); King Vidor's La Boheme (1926) and Duel in the Sun (1946), for which she earned an Oscar nod; Victor Sjostrom's The Scarlet Letter (1926) and The Wind (1928); John S. Robertson's Annie Laurie (1927); Fred Niblo's The Enemy (1927); Paul L. Stein's One Romantic Night (1930); Arthur Hopkins' His Double Life (1933); John Farrow's Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); Charles Lamont's Top Man (1943); John Berry's Miss Susie Slagle's (1946); William Dieterle's Portrait of Jenny (1948); and Charles Laughton's thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955).  In 1987, she reemerged, alongside Bette Davis, Vincent Price and Ann Sothern, for The Whales of August.