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Lilyan Tashman

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American stage and screen actress Lilyan Tashman was one of the most enjoyable -- and most tragic -- participants in Hollywood's early-talkie era. In films since 1921, Tashman contributed sleekly sophisticated performances in such silents as Manhandled (1924) and Don't Tell the Wife (1929), but didn't truly come into her own until her first sound film, New York Nights (1929). For the next five years, the blond, statuesque, flashing-eyed Tashman became one of Hollywood's best "bad girls," using up men like tissue paper, employing her wiles in any and every means possible to adorn herself with creature comforts, and letting the audience know that she considered sex as a pleasurable recreation rather than a grim necessity of life. Even when playing the instigator of a killing spree in Murder by the Clock 19(31), Tashman was impossible to dislike. She was at her most effective in a brief series of costarring stints with actress Kay Francis, especially in Girls About Town (1931), wherein she and Francis played the two most craven golddiggers in all of Manhattan. Alas, shortly after completing her last film Riptide (1934), Tashman died at age 33, the victim of a cancerous tumor. It is probable that, had she not passed away, Lilyan Tashman would have had a severe career setback after the establishment of Hollywood Production Code, which effectively eliminated the sort of delightfully debauched vixens whichTashman so deftly portrayed.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Frankie and Johnnie
  • Nellie Bly
1936
No Score Yet Riptide
  • Sylvia
1934
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn
  • Vera Zimina
1932
No Score Yet Up Pops the Devil
  • Polly Griscom
1931
No Score Yet Millie
  • Helen Riley
1931
No Score Yet One Heavenly Night
  • Fritzi Vajos
1931
No Score Yet The Cat Creeps
  • Cicily
1930
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond
  • Irma
1929
No Score Yet Camille
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet So This Is Paris
  • Georgette Lalle
1926
No Score Yet I'll Show You the Town
  • Fan Green
1925
No Score Yet Manhandled
  • Pinkie Moran
1924

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