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Also Known As: Died: July 13, 1979
Born: November 21, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Texarkana, Texas, USA Profession: actor, writer, businesswoman

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This stunningly lovely silent film actor later proved herself a financial wizard and gifted writer. A beauty contest winner, Griffith was signed by Vitagraph in 1916 and stayed with that studio through 1922, working her way up to leading lady in such films as "The Love Doctor" (1917), "Miss Ambition" (1918), "Thin Ice" (1919), "The Garter Girl" (1920) and "Divorce Coupons" (1922). In 1924, she and her husband, producer Walter Morosco, formed Corinne Griffith Productions, releasing through First National until 1927. By this time, Griffith (nicknamed The Orchid Lady) was an undisputed star, with hits including "Black Oxen" (1924), "Declasse" (1925) and "The Lady in Ermine" (1927). Her biggest success was "The Divine Lady" (1927), a biopic of Lady Emma Hamilton. After a handful of talkies (e.g., "Lilies of the Field" 1930 and the British-made "Lily Christine" 1932), Griffith retired. She tried the stage in the early 30s, then found a second career with real estate and the stock market, becoming one of the wealthiest women in the country. She also wrote several books, one of which, "Papa's Delicate Condition", was made into a film in 1963. In later years, Griffith bizarrely denied that she was the...

This stunningly lovely silent film actor later proved herself a financial wizard and gifted writer. A beauty contest winner, Griffith was signed by Vitagraph in 1916 and stayed with that studio through 1922, working her way up to leading lady in such films as "The Love Doctor" (1917), "Miss Ambition" (1918), "Thin Ice" (1919), "The Garter Girl" (1920) and "Divorce Coupons" (1922). In 1924, she and her husband, producer Walter Morosco, formed Corinne Griffith Productions, releasing through First National until 1927. By this time, Griffith (nicknamed The Orchid Lady) was an undisputed star, with hits including "Black Oxen" (1924), "Declasse" (1925) and "The Lady in Ermine" (1927). Her biggest success was "The Divine Lady" (1927), a biopic of Lady Emma Hamilton.

After a handful of talkies (e.g., "Lilies of the Field" 1930 and the British-made "Lily Christine" 1932), Griffith retired. She tried the stage in the early 30s, then found a second career with real estate and the stock market, becoming one of the wealthiest women in the country. She also wrote several books, one of which, "Papa's Delicate Condition", was made into a film in 1963. In later years, Griffith bizarrely denied that she was the silent film star of that name, claiming to be Corinne Griffith's sister, stand-in and even daughter.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Paradise Alley (1962)
2.
 Lily Christine (1932) Lily Christine Summerest
3.
 Back Pay (1930) Hester Bevins
4.
 Lilies of the Field (1930) Mildred Harker
5.
 Saturday's Children (1929) Bobby
6.
 The Divine Lady (1929) Emma Hart [Lady Hamilton]
7.
 Prisoners (1929) Riza
8.
 The Garden of Eden (1928) Toni LeBrun
9.
 Outcast (1928) Miriam
10.
 The Lady in Ermine (1927) Mariana Beltrami
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1916:
Signed by Vitagraph; first film "The Last Man"
1924:
Formed production company and produced her own features
1932:
Retired from films; final film "Lily Christine"
1963:
Book "Papa's Delicate Condition" adapted for the screen
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husband:
Webster Campbell. Actor, director. Married 1920-23.
husband:
Walter Morosco. Film producer. Married 1933-34.
husband:
Preston Marshall. Owner of the Washington Redskins; married 1936-58.
husband:
Danny School. Actor. Married briefly in 1966.
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father:
John Lewis Griffith. Methodist minister. Died 1907.
mother:
Ambolyn Ghio Griffith.

Bibliography close complete biography

"My Life with the Redskins"
"Papa's Delicate Condition"
"Eggs I Have Known"
"This You Won't Believe!"
"I'm Lucky--At Cards"
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Rabbi ( 2007-05-08 )

Source: Personal knowledge; I knew the woman whom Danny attached himself to after Ms. Griffith's death.

Griffth's final husband -- if they were every legally married -- was named Danny Scholl. He was much a younger man who had a fascination with wealthy women. He died quite young, a paraplegic, in Cincinnati in the early 1980s.

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