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Lillian Gish

'Photoplay' cover featuring silent film actress Lillian Gish, with artwork done by American illustrator Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960), December 1921. From Wikimedia Commons.

This seemed like such an intriguing image that I had to use it as part of this set of seven images. The actress depicted is the famous silent screen siren, Lillian Gish.

Photoplay was founded in 1911, and was one of the first magazines for fans of the “silver screen”. It was the ancestor of more modern celebrity magazines such as People and Entertainment Weekly. In fact, after mergers with other magazines over the years, and one name change, it ceased publication in 1980, and its staff moved to Us magazine! (The British edition of Photoplay didn’t begin until 1950, but survived until 1989.)

Rolf Armstrong, who did this illustration of Gish, is considered one of the great American illustrators of the 20th century, particularly in the realm of the ‘pin-up’. His covers of close ups of sultry-eyed female screen  stars were a common feature before Photoplay switched to color photographic portraits for the covers in 1937. He also did work for such magazines as Metropolitan, Screenland, and Pictorial Review; and also did work featured on sheet music covers.




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