|Lillian Gish Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5½ in|
|Date of Birth||October 14, 1893|
Lillian Gish was an American actress, stage artist, director, and writer whose acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912, in silent film shorts, to 1987. Called “The First Lady of American Cinema”, Gish was cast in a variety of projects like The Musketeers of Pig Alley, Gold and Glitter, The Informer, The Burglar’s Dilemma, In the Aisles of the Wild, A Cry for Help, A Woman in the Ultimate, The Battle at Elderbush Gulch, The Lady and the Mouse, Just Gold, Lord Chumley, The Green-Eyed Devil, The Folly of Anne, The Lily and the Rose, An Innocent Magdalene, The Children Pay, The Great Love, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The Whales of August.
Lillian Diana Gish
The First Lady of American Cinema
She was born on October 14, 1893.
On February 27, 1993, she died of heart failure at the age of 99 in New York City, New York, United States.
Springfield, Ohio, United States
Actress, Stage Artist, Director, Writer
- Father – James Leigh Gish
- Mother – Mary Robinson McConnell (Actress)
- Sibling – Dorothy Gish (Younger Sister) (Actress, Stage Artist, Director, Writer)
- Others – David Edwin Gish (Paternal Grandfather), Diana Caroline Waltz (Paternal Grandmother), Henry C. McConnell (Maternal Grandfather), Elizabeth Ellen Robinson (Maternal Grandmother)
5 ft 5½ in or 166.5 cm
53 kg or 117 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lillian Gish had dated –
- George Jean Nathan – She dated drama critic and magazine editor George Jean Nathan.
- D.W. Griffith – It was speculated that she was romantically involved with film director D. W. Griffith at some point in her life. Although she never acknowledged the matter, several of their associates were certain they were at least briefly involved because they shared a close bond. Also, she always referred to him as “Mr. Griffith”.
- Fred Marsh
- Charles Duell Jr. (1922) – In 1922, she had an affair with producer Charles Duell Jr.
Note – Gish never married nor had any children.
Race / Ethnicity
She was of German, Scottish, and English descent.
- Doll-like looks
- Early roles as innocent, virginal characters who are victimized by a cruel world
- Often portrayed willful but conflicted women
She was a devout Episcopalian.
Lillian Gish Favorite Things
- Film Of Her MGM Career – The Wind (1928)
Source – Wikipedia
Lillian Gish Facts
- Her father was an alcoholic.
- She was placed at number #19 on the list of the “50 Greatest American Female Screen Legends” curated by the American Film Institute in 1999.
- Lillian was a survivor of the 1918 flu pandemic as she had contracted the illness during the filming of Broken Blossoms.
- She never appeared in a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
- She was a staunch Republican and supported Ronald Reagan in the 1970s.
- Many of her films have now become lost films.
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