Corinne Griffith cinema card

Corinne Griffith cinema card

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Hand-colored cinema card for actress Corinne Griffith with a short biography on the back. American actress Corinne Griffith was born on 21 November 1894 in Texarkana, Texas. Griffith was educated at a convent in New Orleans, and she began her career as a dancer and beauty contest winner. Often considered the most beautiful actress of the silent screen, Griffith was nicknamed “The Orchid Lady of the Screen.” Her most popular films include: Black Oxen (1924), DeClasse (1925), Academy Award nominee The Divine Lady (1929), and Lillies of the Field (1930). Griffith retired from acting in the 1930s, and began working in real estate and stocks. She soon became one of the wealthiest women in the country.

Griffith was married to four men at different points in her life. Her husbands were: actor Webster Campbell, producer Walter Morosco, owner of the Washington Redskins George Preston Marshall, and actor Danny Scholl. During her marriage to Marshall, she wrote the lyrics for the Redskins fight song “Hail to the Redskins.” Griffith also wrote eleven books between the years 1947 and 1973. She died of heart failure on 13 July 1979 and her contributions to the film industry are honored by her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

This card belongs to a set titled "Cinema Stars: A Series of 30 Hand Coloured Pictures" which features popular film actresses from the 1930s. Collectible cards like this were very popular during the 1920s and 1930s, and they were distributed by various brands in both tobacco and food products. In the 1920s, Cavanders Ltd. also released the following sets of cards: "Beauty Spots of Great Britain," "Foreign Birds," and "River Valleys."

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Currently not on view
Object Name
card
collectible card
date made
1934
depicted (sitter)
Griffith, Corinne
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1 7/16 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.65125 cm
ID Number
2014.0117.26
accession number
2014.0117
catalog number
2014.0117.26
subject
Movie
Actors
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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