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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Lillian Gish

LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993), born Lillian Diana de Guiche

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Haven't you seen The Night of the Hunter (1955)?

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Birth of a Nation (1915) The first feature length film.
Intolerance (1916) Lillian portrays mother love.
Broken Blossoms (1919) A heartbreaking story about an abused girl.
The Wind (1928) Lillian's greatest role. A lovely, poetic film.

*Contributed by: "Anna K." Tues, May 8, 2001 / 14:25:00 PDT

Academy Awards®
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1946 Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: DUEL IN THE SUN
1970 Honorary and Other Awards: For superlative artistry and for distinguished contribution to the progress of motion pictures. Winner presented a Statuette.


  • Lillian was perhaps America's finest silent actress. She was loyal to D.W. Griffith all her life, but, ironically, did her best work after they parted (The Scarlet Letter, The Wind & much later The Night of the Hunter). I would call the two Sjostrom/Lars Hanson films (The Scarlet Letter - 1926 & The Wind - 1928) her top two. She was great even as a 92-year-old (with Bette Davis & Vincent Price) in The Whales of August (1987)!

    By Blogger MarkMyWord, at Tue Aug 08, 09:56:00 PM PDT