Whereas scene stills taken on the set generally differ from portraits, sometimes a photo can work as both, such as this striking example. The well- known photographer, James Abbe, was hired to take both types of photos on Way Down Eastand this one may well have been by him, while actress Lillian Gish was sensitive to the value of quality photographs and was a willing subject. Most remarkable here is the almost tactile quality, capturing the textures of her beautiful white wedding dress

PHOTOS: 9 Rare Stills From Classic Films

Whereas scene stills taken on the set generally differ from portraits, sometimes a photo can work as both, such as this striking example. The well- known photographer, James Abbe, was hired to take both types of photos on Way Down Eastand this one may well have been by him, while actress Lillian Gish was sensitive to the value of quality photographs and was a willing subject. Most remarkable here is the almost tactile quality, capturing the textures of her beautiful white wedding dress

Lillian Gish silent film

Lillian Gish silent film

Lillian Gish born Oct. 14, 1893 Springfield Ohio, USA. Near my Foreman ancestors.

Lillian Gish born Oct. 14, 1893 Springfield Ohio, USA. Near my Foreman ancestors.

LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed.

LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed.

Lillian Gish, Early 1920s

Lillian Gish, Early 1920s

Lillian Gish (1893-1993), from [THE SILENTS]:  Supermodel Pose!

Lillian Gish (1893-1993), from [THE SILENTS]: Supermodel Pose!

Lillian Gish -1915.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Lillian Gish -1915. More

Lillian Gish great silent movie actress but also famous for some important movies in the golden era..especially in ''Night of the Hunter'' 1955 opposite Robert Mitchum...the movie was co-directed by Charles Laughton and a great success xo

Lillian Gish great silent movie actress but also famous for some important movies in the golden era..especially in ''Night of the Hunter'' 1955 opposite Robert Mitchum...the movie was co-directed by Charles Laughton and a great success xo

liquidnight: Lillian Gish Photographer unknown [via Chateau Thombeau]

liquidnight: Lillian Gish Photographer unknown [via Chateau Thombeau]

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