Bessie Love (1898-1986) - Oscar-nominated actress and playright. Born Juanita Horton, she was given her screen name by D.W. Griffith. Acted in her first film in 1916 ("Aquitted") and her last in 1983 ("The Hunger"). Performed the first "Charleston" dance on-screen in 1925.
She has been called “the first lady of the silent screen,” and film director D.W. Griffith extolled her “exquisite, ethereal beauty.” She was Lillian Gish, the star of movies, television, radio, and the stage for nearly all of the 20th century.
Lillian Gish, 1920, photographed by James Abbe. Called "The First Lady of American Cinema"...The American Film Institute (AFI) named her 17th among the greatest female stars of all time. She was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1971, and in 1984 she received an AFI Life Achievement Award
Hugo has a great appreciation for art, photography, film, and the cinemas. "The blank white screen reminded Hugo of a band new piece of paper, he loved the wonderful whirring sound from the projector that filled the theater." (pp. 202, Selznick) Towards the end when Hugo moves in to Papa Georges, he starts to keep every ticket stub from each film he went to see with Isabelle at the cinema. (pp. 492, Selznick)