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Curtain Call: Lillian Gish

July 7, 2011

Lillian Gish, 1979

Lillian Gish at the "Salute To Old Stars," 1979

As The Actors Fund has long been an integral part of the entertainment community, we’re lucky to have some special images in our archives that documented the moments some of the industry’s earliest stars came out to show their support. These photos from the 1970s feature the beautiful, dedicated, and generous actress Lillian Gish, whose link to The Fund was a strong one: She made numerous appearances to support our programs and services, and she and her sister Dorothy left more than $1 million to The Fund.

There is even a fascinating possibility, according to Charles Affron’s Lillian Gish: Her Legend, Her Life, that one of The Fund’s early Presidents, producer Daniel Frohman, was the first to sign Gish after she parted ways with D.W. Griffith, the man who had made her a legend. (Unfortunately, documentation makes it mysteriously uncertain if Frohman was connected to the production company that bore his name.)

From the Bread Basket Campaign, 1976.

From the Bread Basket Campaign, 1976.

Searching the web for additional tidbits, we also found the clip below, from The Fund’s 1985 Night of 100 Stars, in which Bernadette Peters introduces four of silent cinema’s biggest leading ladies.

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