Lillian Gish

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  • ''No sacrifice was too great to get the film right, to get it accurate, true, and perfect. We weren't important in our minds; only the picture was.''
    Lillian Gish (1896-1993), U.S. actor. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me, ch. 17 (1969). Gish was an important silent film actor. Here she was describing the attitudes of the actors and crew who worked under the great director, D. W. Griffith (1875-1948), in the early years of the movie industry before the development of big studios. Film was still an art that expressed an individual artist's vision.
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  • ''It had been drilled into us that when an audience pays to see a performance, it is entitled to the best performance you can give. Nothing in your personal life must interfere, neither fatigue, illness, nor anxiety—not even joy.''
    Lillian Gish (1896-1993), U.S. actor. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me, ch. 3 (1969). Gish had begun acting in stage melodramas when she was five; her mother and her sister Dorothy also acted.
  • ''The stage was our school, our home, our life.''
    Lillian Gish (1893-1993), U.S. actress. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me, ch. 7 (1969). Describing her and her sister Dorothy's (1898-1968) childhood experiences as theatrical performers. Later, they would become movie stars.

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