Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893 in Spingfield,
Lillian first appeared on stage in a local theatre production at the age of six years old. In her adolescence Lillian Gish often shared the stage with her sister, Dorothy Gish. Dorothy also became involved in film work, appearing in several movies.
At the age of 19 Lillian Gish was intoducted to director D.W. Griffith, who cast her in her first film called, AN UNSEEN ENEMY (1912). Lillian worked for Griffith in the movies, THE ONE SHE LOVED (1912), MY BABY (1912), and nine other films in the year 1912.
Lillian Gish wrote the story for the movie, THE GREATEST THING IN LIFE (1918). She also played the part of
acted in the movie, HIS DOUBLE LIFE (1933). Then she took an almost 10 year hiatus from the movie biz. She
returned to the big screen
with a bang. Instantly she was cast in the hit movie COMMANDOS
STRIKE AT DAWN (1942).
Lillian acted in a film directed by Charles Laughton called, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. This 1955 thriller was
Lillian Gish claim to fame and her most critically acclaimed
Gish received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting
Actress for her role Laura Belle McCanles in the film DUEL IN
THE SUN (1946).
Lillian Gish was portrayed by
Mackenzie Phillips in the made for TV movie, THE SILENT LOVERS (1980).
Sarah Webber in THE WHALES OF AUGUST (1987). This was the last movie role of her lifetime.
On February 27, 1993 Lillian Gish passed away in New
York, New York from heart failure.
Lillian Gish's other notable credits include....