Lila Lee plays a significant role in my life. I was only 14 when I first met her. her sister Peg Tufford was a realtor in Elyria. she'd appeard on Broadway opposite Al Jolson & had a film or two in her past but never had the acclaim of her famous sister. when Lila came to visit I pesterd her abt her career. she was my first link to silent cinema -- which over the decades has held great significance to me.
Lila appears in my work. here she is in "Ely Park":
Lila Lee walks by
history of film on her fragile shoulders
she appears again at the end of Ohio Triangle in a memory from the time my parents invited her to dinner.
I have great affection for Lila. so it was essential that I spend this centennial seeing one of her sweetest performances. one that remains vibrant after a century. & one that people are still enjoying.
|Peg gave me this Elmer Fryer portrait of her with Lila. it hangs in my guest bathroom.|
|at Lila's grave in Elyria|