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Cause of death  Heart failure
Name  Corinne Griffith
Years active  1916–32

Education  Sacred Heart Convent
Nationality  American
Role  Film actress
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Full Name  Corinne Mae Griffin
Born  November 21, 1894 (1894-11-21) Texarkana, Texas, U.S.
Occupation  Actress, producer, author
Died  July 13, 1979, Santa Monica, California, United States
Spouse  Danny Scholl (m. 1965–1965)
Books  Hollywood Stories, This You Won't Believe
Parents  Ambolina Ghio, John Lewis Griffin
Movies  The Divine Lady, The Garden of Eden, Black Oxen, Single Wives, Lilies of the Field
Similar People  Frank Lloyd, George Preston Marshall, Lewis Milestone, William A Seiter, John Francis Dillon

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Corinne Mae Griffith (November 21, 1894 – July 13, 1979) was an American film actress, producer and author. Dubbed The Orchid Lady of the Screen, she was one of the most popular film actresses of the 1920s and widely considered the most beautiful actress of the silent screen. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Divine Lady.


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Shortly after the advent of sound film, Griffith retired from acting and became a successful author and businesswoman. A biographical film about her life was released in 1963 titled Papa's Delicate Condition, based on her memoir and focusing on the relationship between her and her father.

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Early life and career

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Griffith was born in Texarkana, Texas to John Lewis Griffin and Ambolina (Ambolyn) Ghio. She attended Sacred Heart Convent school in New Orleans and worked as a dancer before she began her acting career.

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Griffith 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. In 1928, she had the starring role in The Garden of Eden. The next year, in 1929, Griffith received an Academy Award nomination for her role in The Divine Lady.

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Griffith's first sound film, Lilies of the Field, was released in 1930. Griffith's voice did not record well (The New York Times stated that she "talked through her nose"), and the film was a box office flop. After appearing in one more Hollywood picture, Back Pay in 1930, and a British film Lily Christine in 1932, she retired from acting. She returned to the screen in 1962 in the low-budget melodrama Paradise Alley, which received scant release.

Later career

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Griffith was one of the few film stars to move successfully into new careers once her stardom had ended. She was an accomplished writer who published eleven books including two best sellers, My Life with the Redskins and the memoir Papa's Delicate Condition, which was made into a 1963 film starring Jackie Gleason about the Ghio and Griffin family. Her actual family names were used in the film.

Her ventures into real estate were particularly successful (at one point she owned four different major office buildings in Los Angeles, each of them named after her).

Personal life

Griffith was a member of the Christian Science religion.

While married to Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, she introduced NFL Commissioner Bert Bell to his future wife. She also introduced Curly Lambeau to his second and third wives. All were old friends from her film career.

She was a California Republican Committee Woman and an early advocate for the career of Richard Nixon. She was also an old friend of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

She was the long time consort to Curly Lambeau, who recommended various methods for operating a pro football team. Lambeau recommended Sammy Baugh as quarterback and the T formation. She later arranged for her husband to hire Lambeau as coach.


Griffith was married four times and produced no children but adopted two girls, Pamela and Cynthia. She married actor and frequent co-star Webster Campbell from 1920 to 1923, producer Walter Morosco from 1924 to 1934, and George Preston Marshall from 1936 to 1958. During her marriage to Marshall, she composed the lyrics to the Redskins fight song "Hail to the Redskins" which became one of the most famous football anthems.

In 1966, within a few days, she married and divorced her fourth husband, Broadway actor Danny Scholl (Call Me Mister). Scholl was 45, more than 25 years Griffith's junior. In court she testified that she was not Corinne Griffith. She claimed that she was the actress's younger (by twenty years) sister who had taken her place upon the famous sister's death. Contradicting testimony by actresses Betty Blythe and Claire Windsor, who had both known her since the 1920s, did not shake her story. In 1974, Adele Whitely Fletcher, editor of Photoplay, said Griffith was still claiming that she was her own younger sister.


On July 13, 1979, Griffith died of heart failure in Santa Monica, California, aged 84.


For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Griffith has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.

Tom Tryon wrote a novella, Fedora, based on Griffith's claim that she had taken the place of the real actress.

Books by Corinne Griffith

  • 1947 My Life with the Redskins – history of the Washington Redskins football team, owned by her husband, George Marshall
  • 1952 Papa's Delicate Condition – memoir of her childhood
  • 1955 Eggs I Have Known – collection of recipes
  • 1961 Antiques I Have Known – book about her interest in antiques
  • 1962 Taxation Without Representation – Griffith's argument against taxes.
  • 1963 I Can't Boil Water – collection of recipes she obtained from famous restaurants
  • 1963 Hollywood Stories – collection of short fiction written by Griffith
  • 1964 Truth is Stranger – collection of true stories and anecdotes told by Griffith that struck her as stranger than any fiction
  • 1969 Not For Men Only – But Almost – a book on sports and its lack of appeal for most women
  • 1972 This You Won't Believe – another collection similar to "Truth is Stranger"
  • 1974 I'm Lucky at Cards – a book of various essays by Griffith
  • Corinne Griffith photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston
  • References

    Corinne Griffith Wikipedia