Lilyan Tashman

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Lilyan Tashman
Born October 23, 1896(1896-10-23)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died March 21, 1934(1934-03-21) (aged 37)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1914–1934
Spouse Al Lee (1914–1921)
Edmund Lowe (1925–1934)

Lilyan Tashman was an American stage, silent movie, and early "talkie" actress. She was born in New York City. She won notice as a vaudevillian in the Zeigfield Follies. Her first movie was Experience in 1921. This was followed by many others. She often played the bitchy "other woman". Tashman was a lesbian and looked for sex with other women in pubic restrooms.[1] She had a long term affair with Greta Garbo.[2] She married vaudevillian Al Lee and, later, openly gay actor Edmund Lowe. Their parties were the talk and the scandal of early Hollywood. Tashman died of cancer in 1934. Her last film, Frankie and Johnny, was released after her death in 1936.

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  1. McLellan, Diana (2000). The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood. New York: Macmillan. pp. 68–9, 74–5. ISBN 0-312-24647-1.
  2. Fleming, E. J. (2004). The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling, and the MGM Publicity Machine. McFarland. p. 105. ISBN 0-7864-2027-8.

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