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Corinne Griffith

Delicately beautiful Corinne Griffith, known as "the Orchid Lady" of the screen, is little remembered today, but she was a major star with a lengthy career. She was a versatile performer, at home in both drama and sophisticated comedy. Most of her few remaining films are not widely available, but her beautifully photographed film, The Divine Lady (1929), has played on television, and she is a memorably radiant Lady Hamilton. A condensed version of The Garden of Eden was shown the Silents Please series, now also available on video. Though talkies ended her career, she was very wealthy and remained an active, if eccentric, woman. She wrote novels and was for many years the doyenne of the Washington Redskins though her marriage to George Preston Marshall (as well as writing the lyrics to their fight song). One of her books was turned into the film Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)

On the Web

Corinne Griffith
by Thomas Slater, in the Women Film Pioneers Project

Corinne Griffith, The Divine Lady, on Silents are Golden

The Internet Movie Database filmography

The Silent Ladies photo gallery

Bio on Golden Silents

Biographical information from Handbook of Texas Online

Griffith's entry in The Blue Book of the Screen (1923)

Griffith's entry in Stars of the Photoplay (1924)

Film stills on Bruce Calvert's Silent Film Still Archive

Garden of Eden Feature of the Month on Silents are Golden.

Notes on Black Oxen from The Clara Bow Page.

Silent Films Available on Video

Black Oxen (1924)
Available from A private collector and online from George Eastman House
The Garden of Eden (1928)
Available from Flicker Alley (DVD) and Movies Unlimited
Back Pay (1930) and The Divine Lady (1929)
are available on burned DVDs from the Warner Archive
The High Cost of Living (1916)
in "The Films of Vitagraph" tape, formerly available from Grapevine Video

Further Reading

Classic Images, January, 1980

Films in Review, November 1959-January 1960, November 1975.

Franklin, Joe [and William K. Everson]. Classics of the Silent Screen. New York : Citadel Press, 5th ed., 1971 (originally published 1959): p. 174.

Unsung Divas

©2001, by Greta de Groat. All Rights Reserved

Last revised November 11, 2013