Lillian Gish


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

She was a prominent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D. W. Griffith, including her leading role in ... more »

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  • ''No sacrifice was too great to get the film right, to get it accurate, true, and perfect. We weren't important in our minds; only the picture was.''
    Lillian Gish (1896-1993), U.S. actor. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me, ch. 17 (1969). Gish was an important silent film actor. Here she was descri...
  • It had been drilled into us that when an audience pays to see a performance, it is entitled to the best performance you can give. Nothing in your personal life must interfere, neither fatigue, illness...
    Lillian Gish (1896-1993), U.S. actor. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me, ch. 3 (1969). Gish had begun acting in stage melodramas when she was five; ...
  • ''The stage was our school, our home, our life.''
    Lillian Gish (1893-1993), U.S. actress. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me, ch. 7 (1969). Describing her and her sister Dorothy's (1898-1968) childho...
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