Lillian Gish Bio, Age, Family, Personal Life, Death, Career and Books

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Lillian Gish Biography

Lillian Gish was an American actress of the screen and stage as well as a director and writer. Her film acting career spanned 75 years from 1912, in silent film shorts, to 1987.

Lillian Gish

Gish was called the First Lady of American Cinema and is credited with pioneering fundamental film performing techniques.

Lillian Gish Age

Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893, in Springfield, Ohio. She died at the age of  99 in 1993.

Lillian Gish Family

Her mother was Episcopalian and her father was of German Lutheran descent. The first several generations of Gishes were Dunkard ministers. Gish’s father was an alcoholic and left the family. Gish’s mother took up acting to support them. The family moved to East St. Dorothy who also became a popular movie star is the youngest sister of Lilian.

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish  Personal Life

Gish never married or had children. The association between Gish and D. W. Griffith was so close. That some suspected a romantic connection, an issue never acknowledged by Gish. Although several of their associates were certain they were at least briefly involved. For the remainder of her life, she always referred to him as Mr. Griffith.

Lillian Gish Death

Lillian died in her sleep of heart failure on February 27, 1993. Her body was interred beside that of her sister Dorothy at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. Her estate was valued at several million dollars, the bulk of which went towards the creation of the Dorothy and Lillian Prize Trust.

Lillian Gish Career

Gish made her stage debut in 1902, at The Little Red School House in Rising sun, Ohio. From 1903 to 1904, Lillian toured in Her First False Step, with her mother and Dorothy.

Lillian Gish Books

  • The Movies, Mr. Griffith, and Me (with Ann Pinchot) (Prentice-Hall, 1969) ISBN 9780135366493
  • Dorothy and Lillian  (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1973)
  • An Actor’s Life for Me (with Selma G. Lanes) (Viking Penguin, 1987


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