“I’m not impressed by anyone who is known as a ‘great person,’ in films or out of them. I might find a stocking salesman more interesting.” — Lilyan Tashman
Source: Edward Churchill (1930)
Photo: Eugene Robert Richee (1931)
“I’d feel perfectly well dressed if I’d put on somebody else’s clothes in the dark in two minutes, especially if I was hungry for supper.” — Lilyan Tashman
“I came to Hollywood with the idea that I would give myself three months in which to make good in pictures. If I was not well on my way to a certain success within that time, I would return to Broadway.” — Lilyan Tashman
Photo: Fred Hartsook
“It’s more boring for a woman to talk about clothes than for a man to talk of his golf score.” — Lilyan Tashman
“I prefer playing good comedy roles. However, I wouldn’t want to be a comedienne all the time. For one thing, I don’t want to become typed. And another reason is that I have learned that we often have more fun making a serious picture than we do a comedy.” – Lilyan Tashman
Source: Dan Thomas (1931)
The Cat Creeps (1930). Co-stars Helen Twelvetrees.
“Be careful to have the hair and nails well cared for and the feet well shot, and be careful of these ridiculous little hats. If you can wear them, fine, but they’re dangerous.” – Lilyan Tashman
“No more vamping. No more home-wrecking. I’m going to be good. But – not too good! I hope I always play heroines with a sense of humor. I couldn’t bear to be a dull, stodgy woman, whose only talent is virtue.” — Lilyan Tashman
Source: Sydney Valentine (1931)
Inside her Beverly Hills home at 718 Linden Drive. Tashman and her star husband, Edmund Lowe, threw many wild parties here…and if Hollywood legend is correct, these parties occasionally became orgies for closeted film players. Although Tashman nor Lowe ever came out as being gay, numerous stars have outed them in later years. Tashman, in particular, was said to have been quite a womanizer. She died in 1934 from cancer and, sadly, the house no longer exists.
Lilyan Tashman’s performances in film are never dated- she seems authentic 80 years later-a testament to her acting skills!