Monday, 26 May 2014

Corinne Griffith 1894-1979 "The Orchid Lady of the Screen"

Corinne Mae Griffith was born in Texas where she attended Sacred Heart Convent School in New Orleans and worked as a dancer before she began her acting career. Although her silver screen career began at the Vitagraph Studios in 1916 it was her move to the First National studio that made her one of their most popular stars and during this period she gained the nickname "The Orchid Lady of the Screen" . In 1928 she had the starring role in Garden of Eden and in 1929 Griffith received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Divine Lady.

etching by Frank Martin with her orchid.

Her talking sound film was the 1930 Lilies of the Field; this was box office flop as her voice was described by The New York Times as though she "talked through her nose”. She appeared in one more film, the British film "Lily Christine" in 1932 after which she retired from acting. She returned to the screen in 1962 in the low-budget melodrama Paradise Alley which wasn't widely released.

 Magazine fronts and film posters

Corinne Griffith died of heart failure in Santa Monica, California, aged 84 in 1979. At the time of her death, her personal estate was worth over one hundred and fifty million dollars. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Corrine Griffith has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.

A lovely art nouveau graphic first poster for "Lillies of the Field"

She acted in at least 52 Hollywood films and was an executive producer on 9 of these.

TheGarden of Eden - United Pictures

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