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Lillian Gish Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Lillian Gish Quick Info
Height 5 ft 5½ in
Weight 53 kg
Date of Birth October 14, 1893
Zodiac Sign Libra
Eye Color Blue

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.

Born Name

Lillian Diana Gish

Nick Name

The First Lady of American Cinema

Lillian Gish in New York in 1922
Lillian Gish in New York in 1922 (trialsanderrors / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)


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.

Sun Sign


Born Place

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)



Lillian Gish as seen at 80 years of age in 1973
Lillian Gish as seen at 80 years of age in 1973 (Allan Warren / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)


5 ft 5½ in or 166.5 cm


53 kg or 117 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Lillian Gish had dated –

  1. George Jean Nathan – She dated drama critic and magazine editor George Jean Nathan.
  2. 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”.
  3. Fred Marsh
  4. 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.

Hair Color

Light Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • 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 in Jed Harris's Broadway production of 'Uncle Vanya' in 1930
Lillian Gish in Jed Harris’s Broadway production of ‘Uncle Vanya’ in 1930 (Kenneth Alexander / Theatre Magazine / Public Domain)

Lillian Gish Favorite Things

  • Film Of Her MGM CareerThe Wind (1928)


Lillian Gish Facts

  1. Her father was an alcoholic.
  2. 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.
  3. Lillian was a survivor of the 1918 flu pandemic as she had contracted the illness during the filming of Broken Blossoms.
  4. She never appeared in a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
  5. She was a staunch Republican and supported Ronald Reagan in the 1970s.
  6. Many of her films have now become lost films.

Featured Image by trialsanderrors / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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