Born 1896 in Brooklyn, New York, American vaudeville, Broadway, and film actress Lilyan Tashman was tall, blonde, and slender with fox-like features and a throaty voice. She freelanced as a fashion and artist’s model in New York City.
By 1914, Tashman was an experienced vaudevillian, appearing in Ziegfeld Follies between 1916 and 1918. In 1921, she made her film debut in Experience, and over the next decade and a half she appeared in numerous silent films. With her husky contralto singing voice she easily navigated the transition to sound film.
Best known for her supporting roles as tongue-in-cheek villainesses and the vindictive “other woman”, Tashman made 66 films over the course of her Hollywood career and although she never obtained superstar status, her cinematic performances are described as “sharp, clever and have aged little over the decades.”
Tashman became the talk of the town because of her wardrobe and lavish parties. She died of cancer in New York City in 1934 at the age of 37. Her last film, Frankie and Johnny, was released posthumously in 1936.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Lilyan Tashman in the 1920s and ’30s.