Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish


10/14/1893, Springfield, Ohio



Birth Name

Lillian Diana de Guiche



Also Known As

Dorothy Elizabeth Carter, Miss Lillian Gish
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Lillian Gish was born on October 14, 1893. When her father left the family, she and her sister Dorothy turned to acting for a living. In 1912, their friend Mary Pickford introduced the two sisters to D.W. Griffith, who immediately began casting them in his short films. Within…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Lillian was related to President Zachary Taylor on her mother's side.

    • Lillian has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1720 Vine Street for her contributions in motion pictures.

    • Awards & Nominations::

      1946 Academy Award Nomination for a Best Supporting Actress for her role as Laura Belle McCanles in Duel in the Sun.

      1970 Honorary Academy Award for her contribution to the progression of motion pictures.

      1982 Kennedy Center Honors.

      1984 American Film Institute, Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Lillian is the sister of actress Dorothy Gish.

    • Lillian's height was 5' 5½".

  • Quotes

    • Lillian: Actors, like soldiers, can bed down anywhere.

    • Lillian: I've never been in style, so I can never go out of style.

    • Lillian: Never get caught acting.

    • Lillian: I'm a believing person. I believe in God even though I can't see him. You can't see the air in this room, right? But take it away and you're dead.

    • Lillian: Movies nowadays are all alike, as if they were made on an assembly line. Hollywood has turned into an emotional Detroit.

    • Lillian: 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.

    • Lillian: I never approved of talkies. Silent movies were well on their way to developing an entirely new art form. It was not just pantomine, but something wonderfully expressive.

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

    • Lillian: Lionel Barrymore first played my grandfather, later my father, and finally, he played my husband. If he'd lived, I'm sure I'd have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older.