Lillian Gish

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Lillian Diana Gish (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993) was an American stage, screen and television actress, director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987. Gish was called The First Lady of American Cinema.

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Filmography

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Selected Lillian Gish film and TV show credits.

Acting Credits

1987
Sarah Webber

1986
Sweet Liberty (1986)
Cecelia Burgess

1983
Hillie Radcliffe

1983
Hobson's Choice (1983) (TV Movie)
Miss Molly Winkle

1981
American Playhouse (1981) (TV Show)
Mrs Loftus

1981
Thin Ice (TV Movie)
Grandmother

1978
A Wedding (1978)
Nettie Sloan

1978
Sparrow (TV Movie)
Widow

1977
The Love Boat (1977) (TV Show)
Mrs. Williams

1976
Twin Detectives (1976) (TV Movie)
Billy Jo Haskins

1969
Arsenic and Old Lace (1969) (TV Movie)
Martha Brewster

1967
The Comedians (1967)
Mrs. Smith

1967
Warning Shot (1967) (TV Movie)
Alice Willows

1966
Hetty Seibert

1963
Breaking Point (1963) (TV Show)
Stella Manville

1963
Mr. Novak (1963) (TV Show)
Maude Phipps

1962
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) (TV Show)
Bessie Carnby

1961
The Spiral Staircase (1961) (TV Movie)
Mrs. Warren

1961
The Defenders (1961) (TV Show)
Mrs. Cooper, Louisa Clarendon

1961
Theatre '62 (1961) (TV Show)
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1960
Mattilda Zachary

1959
Play of the Week (1959) (TV Show)
Dolly Talbo

1958
Mrs. Summers

1955
The Cobweb (1955)
Victoria Inch

1955
Rachel Cooper

1955
Ford Star Jubilee (1955) (TV Show)

1955
Playwrights '56 (1955) (TV Show)
Mrs. Compson

1955
The Alcoa Hour (1955) (TV Show)
Esther Crampton

1953
The Trip to Bountiful (1953) (TV Movie)
Carrie Watts

1953
Christmas Festival Hour of Music (TV Movie)
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1952
Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952) (TV Show)
Miss Harrington

1951
Schlitz Playhouse (1951) (TV Show)
Grandma Moses

1951
Celanese Theatre (TV Show)
Sister Christina

1950
Robert Montgomery Presents (1950) (TV Show)
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1948
Mother Mary of Mercy

1948
Carrie Watts, Abby

1948
The Ford Theatre Hour (1948) (TV Show)
Mrs. Midget

1947
Kraft Theatre (1947) (TV Show)
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1946
Laura Belle McCanles

1946
Miss Susie Slagle

1943
Top Man (1943)
Beth Warren

1942
Mrs. Bergesen

1933
Alice Chalice

1930
Princess Alexandra

1928
The Wind (1928)
Letty

1927
Annie Laurie (1927)
Annie Laurie

1927
The Enemy (1927)
Pauli Arndt

1926
La bohème (1926)
Mimi

1925
Chariot Race Spectator

1924
Romola (1924)
Romola

1923
Angela Chiaromonte

1921
Henriette Girard

1920
Way Down East (1920)
Anna Moore

1919
True Heart Susie

1919
A Romance of Happy Valley
Jennie Timberlake

1919
Nellie Jarvis

1918
The Girl - Marie Stephenson

1918
Susie Broadplains

1918
Jeannette Peret

1917
Lillian Vale

1916
The Woman Who Rocks the Cradle, Eternal Mother

1916
Millicent

1916
Daphne La Tour

1916
Diane of the Follies
Diane

1916
Dorothy Raleigh

1916
Marfa

1916
The House Built Upon Sand
Evelyn Dare

1916
Pathways of Life (Short Film)
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1915
Elsie - Stoneman's Daughter

1915
Enoch Arden (1915) (Short Film)
Annie Lee

1915
Captain Macklin
Beatrice

1915
The Lily and the Rose
Mary Randolph

1915
The Lost House (Short Film)
Dosia Dale

1915
His Lesson
Participant in Mob Scene

1914
The young mother

1914
Jane Andrews, the daughter

1914
The Hunchback (Short Film)
The Orphan - as an Adult

1914
Lord Chumley (Short Film)
Eleanor Butterworth

1914
The Rebellion of Kitty Belle (Short Film)
Kitty Belle

1914
The Sisters (Short Film)
May

1914
The Tear That Burned (Short Film)
Anita - the Truant

1914
Duel for Love, A
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1914
The Angel of Contention (Short Film)
Nettie - the Angel

1914
The Quicksands (Short Film)
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1914
Man's Enemy (Short Film)
Grace Lisle

1914
The Folly of Anne (Short Film)
Anne

1914
The Green-Eyed Devil (Short Film)
Mary Miller

1913
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch (1913) (Short Film)
Melissa Harlow

1913
The House of Darkness (Short Film)
The Nurse

1913
The Mothering Heart (1913) (Short Film)
The Young Wife

1913
The Conscience of Hassan Bey (Short Film)
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1913
During the Round-Up (Short Film)
The Ranchero's Daughter

1913
An Indian's Loyalty (1913) (Short Film)
The Ranchero's Daughter

1913
Just Gold (Short Film)
The Sweetheart

1913
The Lady and the Mouse (Short Film)
The First Sister Woman

1913
The Left-Handed Man (Short Film)
The Old Soldier's Daughter

1913
Madonna of the Storm (Short Film)
The Mother

1913
A Misunderstood Boy (Short Film)
The Daughter

1913
A Modest Hero (Short Film)
The Wife

1913
Oil and Water (Short Film)
In First Audience

1913
So Runs the Way (Short Film)
Fred's Wife

1913
A Timely Interception (Short Film)
The Farmer's Daughter

1913
The Unwelcome Guest (1913) (Short Film)
At Auction

1913
A Woman in the Ultimate (Short Film)
Verda

1913
Mother Love
Payne's Sweetheart

1912
An Unseen Enemy (1912) (Short Film)
The Sister

1912
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) (Short Film)
The Little Lady

1912
The New York Hat (1912) (Short Film)
Customer in Shop, Outside Church

1912
Brutality (Short Film)
At Theatre

1912
The Burglar's Dilemma (Short Film)
Birthday Wellwisher

1912
A Cry for Help (Short Film)
The Maid

1912
Gold and Glitter (1912) (Short Film)
The Young Woman

1912
In the Aisles of the Wild (Short Film)
The Younger Daughter

1912
The Informer (Short Film)
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1912
My Baby (1912) (Short Film)
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1912
The One She Loved (Short Film)
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1912
The Painted Lady (Short Film)
Belle at Ice Cream Festival

1912
So Near, Yet So Far (Short Film)
A Friend

1912
Two Daughters of Eve (1912) (Short Film)
In Theatre Crowd

Soundtrack Credits

2002
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1955
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Writer Credits

1951
Silver Glory (TV Movie)
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1920
Remodeling Her Husband
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Quotes

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List of Lillian Gish quotes.

You can get through life with bad manners, but it's easier with good manners.


Fans always write asking why I didn't smile more in films. I smiled in 'Annie Laurie', but I can't recall that it helped much.


Those little virgins, after five minutes you got sick of playing them - to make them more interesting was hard work.


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Lillian Gish photo series - photos grouped by photoshoot/event/etc.

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Magazine issues featuring Lillian Gish on the cover.
  • Lillian Gish - Motion Picture Magazine [United States] (April 1923)
  • Lillian Gish - Motion Picture Classic Magazine [United States] (February 1924)
  • Lillian Gish - THE LITTLE MOVIE MIRROR BOOK Magazine [United States] (January 1920)
  • Lillian Gish - Mid-Week Pictorial Magazine [United States] (26 August 1920)
  • Lillian Gish - Movie Weekly Magazine [United States] (29 September 1922)
  • Lillian Gish - Movie Magazine [United States] (February 1926)

Dating History

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List of Lillian Gish relationships, in date order.

First NameLillian
Last NameGish
Full Name at BirthLillian Diana de Guiche
Age99 (age at death)
Date of BirthOctober 14, 1893
BirthplaceSpringfield, Ohio, USA
Date of DeathFebruary 27, 1993
Location of DeathNew York, New York, USA
Cause of DeathHeart Failure
Height5' 5½" (166 cm)
BuildSlim
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorBrown - Light
Star SignLibra
SexualityDISPUTED
ReligionAnglican / Episcopalian
EthnicityWhite
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Occupation CategoryActress
Claim to FameBirth of a Nation (1915)
Official Websitelilliangish.com
FatherJames Leigh Gish
MotherMary Robinson McConnell
Sister(s)Dorothy Gish
FriendsLynn Fontane, Helen Hayes, Joan Fontaine, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Edward Sheldon, Nancy Davis, Frances Marion, Mary Pickford, Joan Bennett, Mary Miles Minter

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