• October 14, 1893
  • Springfield, Ohio
  • Female
  • American

Lillian Gish

Biography

Lillian Diana Gish was an American pioneering 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. Gish was called "The First Lady of American Cinema", and is credited with pioneering fundamental film performance techniques. Gish was a prominent film star from 1912 into the 1920s, being particularly associated with the films of director D. W. Griffith, including her leading role in the highest-grossing film of the silent era, Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915). At the dawn of the sound era, she returned to the stage and appeared in film infrequently, including well-known roles in the controversial western Duel in the Sun (1946) and the offbeat thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955). She also did considerable television work from the early 1950s into the 1980s, and closed her career playing opposite Bette Davis in the 1987 film The Whales of August. During her later years Gish became a dedicated advocate for the appreciation and preservation of silent film. Despite being better known for her film work, she was also an accomplished stage actress, and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972. (cc-by-sa wikipedia)

Filmography

Movie NameRelease Date
Orphans of the Storm January 1, 1921
The Wind November 23, 1928
Portrait of Jennie April 22, 1949
The Night of the Hunter November 24, 1955
Way Down East September 3, 1920
Broken Blossoms October 20, 1919
The Birth of a Nation March 21, 1915
Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages September 5, 1916