Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy was born in 1873 in Paris, France. She died in 1968 in Mahweh, NJ, USA.

Her memoir was published in 1976 - "Autobiographie d’une Pionnière du Cinéma, 1873–1968" ("The Memoires of Alice Guy Blaché") 

Brief biography (excerpted from Justin Morrow,, March 9, 2017) ...

"From 1896 to 1906, Alice Guy-Blaché was "probably the only woman filmmaker in the world" ... she wrote, directed, produced, or, supervised the production of between 750 and 1,000 films (silent and talkie). 22 were feature length, but only 350 of her films survive ... many of her films contained extensive experimentation with early visual effects techniques like double exposure and hand-tinting ... many were also travelogues and scenes from everyday life. She also consistently made ground in her quest to develop an aesthetic of narrative filmmaking at a time when filmmaking was still deciding what it was going to be. In 1906, Guy released her most ambitious production to date, LA VIE DU CHRIST ... The following year, Guy married the British-born director Herbert Blaché ... and moved to the U.S. In 1910, the two founded Solax, the largest pre-Hollywood studio, first in Flushing, Queens, and two years later in Fort Lee, New Jersey ... From 1910 to 1914, Guy-Blaché oversaw the production of 325 films, editing all scripts and directing 35-50 of them herself ... all while raising two children and building "a $100,000 state-of-the-art studio ... many of her films have not survived, having been shot on obsolete formats, or lost to highly flammable nitrate stock."