Corinne Griffith (1894-1979)

Corinne Griffith - Silent Movie Star

“The Orchid Lady of the Screen”

Corinne Griffith was born in Texarkana, Texas on November 24th, 1894. She was educated in a convent school in New Orleans. Corinne began her screen career at the Vitagraph Studios in 1916. She later moved to First National, where she became one of their most popular stars. The nickname the studios gave her in her heyday was “The Orchid Lady of the Screen”. Films of special note for Corinne were “Black Oxen” (1924), “DeClassée” (1925 – in which a young extra named Clark Gable appeared), and “The Garden Of Eden” (1928 – surviving). Corinne received an Academy Award nomination for her role in “The Divine Lady” (1929), in which she played Emma Hart, the English Lady Hamilton. This film has recently been restored. Her last Hollywood film was released in 1930; she never transitioned well to the sound era. After appearing in one more motion picture, an English film in 1932, Corinne retired from the screen and invested her film money in real estate ventures, which made her a very rich woman. Corinne was married four times, including a marriage which was annulled after only thirty-three days, and another marriage to the owner of the Redskins football team. At the time of her death from heart failure, on July 13th, 1979, her personal estate was worth over one hundred and fifty million dollars. ~ Copyright © 2004

Vintage Bio from “Stars of the Photoplay” (1930): “Long known as one of the reigning beauties of the screen, Corinne Griffith came to pictures by way of a beauty contest at a New Orleans Mardi Gras. She entered pictures in 1915 for the old Vitagraph Company, and after service there was starred by First National, where she found her greatest fame. Corinne as born in Texarkana, Texas and educated in New Orleans. She is five feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 130, and has light brown hair and blue eyes. Divorced from Webster Campell in 1923, she married Walter Morosco.”

Corinne Griffith’s Silent Films

Prisoners (1929) …. Riza Riga
Divine Lady, The (1929) …. Emma Hart (Lady Hamilton)
Saturday’s Children (1929) …. Bobby
Outcast (1928) …. Miriam
Garden of Eden, The (1928) …. Toni LeBrun
Three Hours (1927) …. Madeline Durkin
Lady in Ermine, The (1927) …. Mariana Beltrami
Syncopating Sue (1926) …. Susan Adams
Into Her Kingdom (1926) …. Grand Duchess Tatiana (at 12 and 20)
Mademoiselle Modiste (1926) …. Fifi
Infatuation (1925) …. Violet Bancroft
Classified (1925) …. Babs Comet
Marriage Whirl, The (1925) …. Marian Hale
… aka Modern Madness (1925) (UK)
Declassée (1925) …. Lady Heelen Haden
… aka Social Exile, The (1925)
Black Oxen (1924) …. Madame Zatianny/Mary Ogden
Love’s Wilderness (1924) …. Linda Lou Heath
Single Wives (1924) …. Betty Jordan

Corinne Griffith - Silent Movie Star

Corinne Griffith rests in between takes on her movie set

Lilies of the Field (1924) …. Mildred Harker
Common Law, The (1923) …. Valerie West
Six Days (1923) …. Laline Kingston
Divorce Coupons (1922) …. Linda Catherton
Virgin’s Sacrifice, A (1922) …. Althea Sherrill
… aka Woman’s Sacrifice, A (1922)
Island Wives (1922) …. Elsa Melton
Received Payment (1922) …. Celia Hughes
Single Track, The (1921) …. Janette Gildersleeve
Moral Fibre (1921) …. Marion Wolcott
What’s Your Reputation Worth? (1921) …. Cara Deene
It Isn’t Being Done This Season (1921) …. Marcia Ventnor
Tower of Jewels, The (1920) …. Emily Cottrell
Broadway Bubble, The (1920) …. Adrienne Landreth/Drina Lynn
Whisper Market, The (1920) …. Erminie North
Babs (1920) …. Barbara Marvin
… aka Bab’s Candidate (1920)
Garter Girl, The (1920) …. Rosalie Ray

Corinne Griffith in The Divine Lady poster

Vintage Poster for Corinne Griffith in “The Divine Lady” (1929)

Deadline at Eleven (1920) …. Helen Stevens
Human Collateral (1920) …. Patricia Langdon
Climbers, The (1919) …. Blanche Sterling
Bramble Bush, The (1919) …. Kaly Dial
Girl at Bay, A (1919) …. Mary Allen
Thin Ice (1919) …. Alice Winton
Unknown Quantity, The (1919) …. Mary Boyne
Girl Problem, The (1919) …. Erminie Foster
Adventure Shop, The (1919) …. Phyllis Blake
Miss Ambition (1918) …. Marta
Girl of Today, The (1918) …. Leslie Selden
Clutch of Circumstance, The (1918) …. Ruth Lawson
Love Watches (1918) …. Jacqueline Cartaret
Menace, The (1918) …. Virginia Denton
Who Goes There? (1917) …. Karen Girard
I Will Repay (1917) …. Virginia Rodney
Love Doctor, The (1917) …. Blanche Hildreth
Transgression (1917) …. Marion Hayward
Stolen Treaty, The (1917) …. Irene Mitchell
Last Man, The (1916) …. Lorna
Through the Wall (1916) …. Pussy Wimott
Yellow Girl, The (1916) …. Corinne

To learn more about Corinne Griffith visit her profile on The Internet Movie Database


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