Musings on Photographs

While I’ve not been really on the hunt for photos, at least not yet, a few interesting things.  One thing I have noticed, it's not always easy to find a candid shot of Dorothy, all by her lonesome. 

Here's one of Dorothy making up for "By Your Leave" in New York and who is sitting there next to her, ever devoted Lillian striking an odd pose.

Dorothy and Lillian in 1934

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Contact Made!

I sent out some letters last week to follow up on leads for people still alive who worked with Dorothy. I just got a response back and it was a positive one. It’s not a lot of information, but, darn it, so nice to hear from someone who knew Dorothy.

I've also had another response, not much in the way of information, but there was plenty of encouragement, that's something!

Thanks to a Sherlock Holmes that is a friend of mine. An amazing Sherlock Holmes! I've written to someone else that I hope will provide some wonderful stories and memories of Dorothy. Fingers crossed!!!

Color me hanging out by the mailbox holding my breath and waiting. Like those who come to Casablanca, they wait, and wait, and WAIT.

In other news, I've begun drafting the book proposal. Probably one of the hardest things to write, ever.

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War Bond Rally & Other Newsreel Footage

Here’s an unusual video clip I found while searching the web.  It features Dorothy during the Fourth Liberty Bond Drive in 1918.  Gotta love it, she was a cutie!

Dorothy Gish signing autographs and posing with a rifle

Here's another clip that shows Dorothy getting into a car.

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Lost Films – Turning the Tables

Part of the challenge to researching Dorothy Gish is the lack of available films.  Virtually all the key films she made from 1917 through 1920 are lost.  Turning the Tables from 1919 is an example.

A trade ad for one of Dorothy’s (many) lost films.

Here is the synopsis and some ad copy from an issue of Motion Picture News.

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Minor Update

I’ve got a long road ahead of me.  I’m going to start sending emails to plenty of peeps to rally the troops.

In the best news of the week, I’ve received the first response back from a publisher.  In short, they want to see the manuscript on Dorothy!  They’ll be waiting a while for it.  This is, most certainly, a shot in the arm.

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eBay Frustrations

I do not surf eBay very often as a bidder anymore.  I used to be a rabid eBay surfer.  That said, I could not pass up bidding on this wonderful piece of sheet music.  Sadly, I forgot about this and was overbid in the end.  Curses!

When I began the Dorothy Gish Project, I was picking up some items on eBay for not so much money.  Lately, the few things I've placed bids on, I've lost. 

It is, a very nice piece of sheet music.  Hopefully I will locate another copy sometime in the future.  Here's hoping!

Who else out there is now a Dorothy collector?  Identify yourself, please!  Seriously, if there is a Dorothy collector out there, I'd love to talk to you.  I'm already looking for terrific photos to use in this book (one day I hope).  I had an abundance of riches for the Valentino book, I'd love to have the same for this one, too.

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Anyone Interested in Dorothy Gish?


Let’s hope so!  Query letters have been mailed to some publishers today.

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The Dorothy Gish Project is Not Asleep

We’ve certainly not been resting, either.

Dorothy in New York 1920's

Dorothy in New York 1920's

Distracted by other projects and continuing to promote the Rudolph Valentino  book published last year, Dorothy has been pushed to the furthest of back burners.  This is about to change! 

A new source of research material has come to light and, goodness me, what a gold mine of information hidden therein.  It is waiting for me to search and download.  This delicous source has fired me back up to start the real digging in earnest.

Additionally, work will soon begin on sending some query letters to possible publishers.  Work on the book proposal will also being in earnest.

With a little luck and a little more free time, posts will be a little more regular here.  It's such a worthy project, I really do believe this.  Dorothy is totally worth the effort.

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Let’s have a Cocktail

No, nothing exciting to celebrate at this moment.  In shuffling paper and digging about, who knew there was a cocktail created in Dorothy's honor?  I do not know who cooked this one up, but it originates from an old Bacardi cocktail recipe booklet.  I plan on trying it out and will report fully with photos!

Dorothy Gish as Nell Gwynn by James Abbe

Dorothy Gish

1/2 oz. White rum
1/2 oz. Apricot brandy
1 jigger Tangarine or Orange juice
1 jigger Pineapple juice

Shake vigorously, pour, raise glass and salute Dorothy!

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The Search for Dorothy Gish

Dorothy retired from acting in 1964, in 2010 you'd think there would be nobody left to talk about working with her.  You'd think wrong!  The list of people still with us is a pleasant surprise.  Certainly not nearly as depressing as the list of those who are not.  Most depressing is not being able to talk to Miss Dorothy herself.

I've been busy writing letters to people that have worked with Dorothy.  Here's hoping that this letter writing bears some fruit.  Keeping the good thoughts along with the fingers and toes crossed.

It's also been a good week for photos of Dorothy.  Scored a nice one for future use.

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