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Lilyan Tashman

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Lilyan Tashman
Tashman in the 1920s
Born(1896-10-23)October 23, 1896
New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 21, 1934(1934-03-21) (aged 37)
New York City, U.S.
Resting placeWashington Cemetery
Years active1914–1934
(m. 1914; div. 1921)
(m. 1925)

Lilyan Tashman (October 23, 1896 – March 21, 1934) was an American stage, silent film, and sound film actress.

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Early life

Born in 1896 in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family, Tashman was the youngest of eight children, born to Morris Tashman, a manufacturer of children's clothes,[1] and his wife, Rose Cook Tashman. Her grandparents were Isaac and Rose Schlomowitz Tashman,[2] and her siblings were named Bertha, Kitty, Jennie, Annie, Sarah, Gustav and Hattie.[3] She attended high school in Brooklyn and later graduated from a finishing school.[citation needed]

Early work

Tashman worked as a model. Her blonde hair and a unique type of beauty appealed to artists, who employed her. From her earliest recollections she yearned to appear on the stage. By 1914, she had also starting working in vaudeville, on a bill that included the up and coming double act Eddie Cantor and Al Lee. Tashman and Lee were married in 1914, separated in 1920, and divorced in 1921. Cantor and Lee broke up, with Cantor going on to a successful solo career, Lee going on to become a manager for George White's Scandals and Tashman trying out for whatever Broadway show she could find.


Ziegfeld company

Several tries by Tashman to get on the stage were largely failures. By the age of seventeen she had given up hope, when she met Florenz Ziegfeld. The meeting happened on an afternoon when she was eating at a Broadway restaurant. A mutual acquaintance introduced them at the producer's request. He quickly asked Lilyan if she wanted to appear in one of his shows as a Ziegfeld girl. In 1916, at the age of 20, she made the first of her Ziegfeld Follies appearances with a cast of newcomers that included Marion Davies and Peggy Hopkins Joyce. She stayed with the show for its 1917 and 1918 seasons. In 1919, Tashman left the Ziegfeld company for bigger and better opportunities.

Entering the film business

Later in 1919, she was given a job by the producer David Belasco in a comedy called The Gold Diggers starring Ina Claire. The show was a success, and ran for two years and in addition to her own supporting role, Tashman acted as Claire's understudy.

In 1921, she made her first film Experience with Richard Barthelmess and Nita Naldi. After a period of misfortune in New York in which one show closed, and she was fired from another, Tashman decided to move to Hollywood to further her film career.

On coming to Hollywood, Lilyan was cast in a supporting role in a Mabel Normand film, Head Over Heels (1922). When The Garden of Weeds (1924) came into production. Her part in the stage play secured for Lilyan the same place in the film. From then on Tashman appeared in many motion picture roles and became a prominent figure in the world of film. At first, she worked for independent film companies but later, she was featured in productions being made by the largest organizations in the industry.

Meeting Edmund Lowe

It was while acting in the film Ports of Call (1925) that the actress met her soon-to-be husband Edmund Lowe. By this time she and Al Lee had divorced. She married Lowe on 21 September 1925. The wedding occurred before the release of the film and the two made their home in Hollywood. Edmund and Lilyan resided in an Art Deco home thought to have been designed by Tashman. Both maintained their acting careers.

As a couple, Tashman and Lowe became more prominent in Hollywood than they had as single people. They entertained lavishly in their Beverly Hills home, and Tashman began appearing on "Best Dressed" lists. Their respective film careers began to improve as a result of the publicity they were beginning to generate.

Successful film actress

By 1925, Tashman had built a reasonable career as a film actress. She appeared in Pretty Ladies (Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy also taking small roles). Other film roles of note included "Seven Days" (1926), "Texas Steer" (1926), "Camille" (1927), "So This Is Paris" (1928), "Craig's Wife" (1928), "The Trial of Mary Dugan" (1929), "The Marriage Playground" (1929), and "The Gold Diggers of Broadway" (1929), and the pre-Production Code comedy "Girls About Town" (1931).

Over the next few years, Tashman appeared in numerous supporting roles, and several starring roles and, with the advent of talking pictures, made an easy transition. She had a rich contralto voice and a confident delivery of dialogue after years spent on the stage.

Declining health and death

After a busy year in 1931 in which Tashman appeared in eight films, she began to reduce her work schedules while newspapers speculated about the state of her health. After denying repeatedly that there was a problem with her health, Tashman was eventually hospitalized, and upon her release answered further rumors with a statement saying that she had undergone an appendectomy. It was only when she died soon after, that it was revealed she had died of cancer. Hospital authorities described the cause of her death as an advanced tumorous condition. She was conscious until the end according to A.J. Gertenbach, managing director of the hospital. Edmund Lowe was beside her bed as she died. The couple lived in New York at 73 East 70th Street.

Funeral in New York City

Tashman was 37 years old when she died at 2:15 at Doctor's Hospital,[4] 170 East End Avenue, on March 21, 1934. She had undergone an operation the previous Friday. Rabbi Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Goldenson of Temple Emanu-El performed the funeral service at the Universal Funeral Chapel, 597 Lexington Avenue in New York City. Tashman was later interred at the plot of the Palestine Lodge 71, I.O.S.B., Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1921 Experience Pleasure First feature film
Lost film
1922 Head Over Heels Efith Penfield
1924 Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model Nita
Manhandled Pinkie Moran
Winner Take All Felicity Brown Lost film
The Garden of Weeds Hazel Lost film
The Dark Swan Sybil Johnson Lost film
Is Love Everything? Edythe Stanley
1925 Ports of Call Lillie Lost film
The Parasite Laura Randall
Declassée Mrs. Leslie
A Broadway Butterfly Thelma Perry Lost film
I'll Show You the Town Fan Green
Pretty Ladies Selma Larson Film survives, but the color sequences are lost
The Girl Who Wouldn't Work Greta Verlaine
Seven Days Bella Wilson Lost film
Bright Lights Gwen Gould Lost film
1926 Rocking Moon Sasha Larianoff
The Skyrocket Ruby Wright Lost film
Whispering Smith Marion Sinclair
Siberia Beautiful Blonde Lost film
So This Is Paris Georgette Lalle, a dancer
For Alimony Only Narcissa Williams
Love's Blindness Alice, Duchess of Lincolnwood Lost film
Camille Olympe Incomplete film
1927 Don't Tell the Wife Suzanna
Evening Clothes Minor Role Lost film
The Woman Who Did Not Care Iris Carroll
The Prince of Headwaiters Mae Morin Lost film
The Stolen Bride Ilona Taznadi
A Texas Steer Dixie Style Lost film
French Dressing Peggy Nash Lost film
1928 Craig's Wife Mrs. Passmore Lost film
Happiness Ahead Kay Sears Lost film
Phyllis of the Follies Mrs. Decker
Lady Raffles Lillian
Take Me Home Derelys Devore Lost film
Manhattan Cocktail Mrs. Renov Lost film
1929 A Real Girl Minnie
The Lone Wolf's Daughter Velma Lost film
The Trial of Mary Dugan Dagmar Lorne
Bulldog Drummond Irma Peterson
Gold Diggers of Broadway Eleanor Incomplete film
The Marriage Playground Joyce Wheater
New York Nights Peggy
1930 No, No, Nanette Lucille Early Lost film, only the soundtrack survives
Puttin' On the Ritz Goldie Devere Film survives, but it has been cut down by twenty minutes, the title cards at the start and end have been edited and altered, and the technicolor sequences partially survive in only black-and-white
On the Level Lynn Crawford
The Matrimonial Bed Sylvaine
Leathernecking Edna Lost
The Cat Creeps Cicily Lost film
1931 One Heavenly Night Fritzi Vajos
Finn and Hattie The 'Princess'
Millie Helen 'Hel' Riley
Up Pops the Devil Polly Griscom
Murder by the Clock Laura Endicott
The Mad Parade Lil Wheeler Forgotten Women (US re-release title)
The Road to Reno Mrs. Jackie Millet
Girls About Town Marie Bailey
1932 The Wiser Sex Claire Foster
Those We Love Valerie
Scarlet Dawn Vera Zimina
1933 Wine, Women and Song Frankie Arnette
Mama Loves Papa Mrs. McIntosh
Too Much Harmony Lucille Watkins
1934 Riptide Sylvia Wilson
1936 Frankie and Johnnie Nellie Bly released posthumously


  1. ^ Golden, Eve. "Lilyan Tashman: Show Girl in Hollywood". Classic Images. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Tashman, Morris. Death certificate. 3/16/1924, Manhattan, NY.
  3. ^ Tashman, Morris. 1900 United States Census. Manhattan, NY. ED #381.
  4. ^ "Lilyan Tashman Dies In Hospital". New York Times: 21. March 22, 1934. Lilyan Tashman, motion-actress, died yesterday at 2:15 o clock at ...

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