Knowledge Identifier: +Lillian_Gish
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1893.
Countries: United States (62%), France (7%), United Kingdom (7%)
Linked to: American Film Institute, American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, PBS
The Lady of the Camellias - The role of the tragic Marguerite Gautier became one of the most coveted amongst actresses and included performances by Lillian Gish, Vivien_Leigh, Eleonora Duse, Margaret Anglin, Gabrielle Réjane, Tallulah Bankhead, Eva Le Gallienne, Isabelle Adjani, , and especially Sarah Bernhardt, who starred in Paris, London, and several Broadway revivals, plus a 1911 film
In 1912, their friend Mary Pickford introduced the sisters to D. W. Griffith, and helped get them contracts with Biograph Studios
Blanche Sweet - In 1914 Sweet was initially cast by Griffith in the part of Elsie Stoneman in his epic "The Birth of a Nation" but the role was eventually given to rival actress Lillian Gish, who was Sweet's senior by three years
Dorothy Cumming - She appeared in 39 American, English, and Australian films between 1915 and 1929, notably appearing as the Virgin Mary in Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 film "The King of Kings" and the jealous wife in Lillian Gish's 1928 The Wind
Robert Harron - One of Harron's most popular roles of the era came in 1919 when he starred opposite Lillian Gish in the Griffith directed romantic film "True Heart Susie"
Patricia Avery - Her first film role was in 1927 when she starred in "Annie Laurie" alongside the films lead actress, Lillian Gish
Una Merkel - She bore a resemblance to actress Lillian Gish and began her career as a stand-in for Gish, most notably in the 1928 classic "The Wind", a late silent film
John Gielgud - Clintic's production in which Lillian Gish played Ophelia in 1936.
Barbara O'Neil - In 1937, O'Neil debuted in the film "Stella Dallas" and in 1939 she was cast in the role of Ellen O'Hara, Scarlett O'Hara's mother, in "Gone with the Wind", after the role was turned down by Lillian Gish
Shelley Winters - Throughout the 1950s, Winters continued in films, including "Meet Danny Wilson" as Frank Sinatra's leading lady, most notably in Charles Laughton's 1955 "Night of the Hunter", with Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish, and the less successful "I Am A Camera" starring opposite Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey
Jo Van Fleet - Van Fleet established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony *award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint
In 1975, she hosted "The Silent Years", a PBS film program of silent films
In 1984, she received an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement award, becoming only the second female recipient , and the only recipient who was a major figure in the silent era
Ornette Coleman - In 2004 Coleman was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the richest prizes in the arts, given annually to a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankinds enjoyment and understanding of life.
Robert Redford - In 2008 he was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the richest prizes in the arts, given annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankinds enjoyment and understanding of life.
Chinua Achebe - In 2010 Achebe was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for $300,000, one of the richest prizes for the arts.
The Birth of a Nation - In February 2019, the University's Black Student Union called for the renaming of the Gish Theatre due to Gish's involvement with the controversial "The Birth of a Nation"
Bowling Green State University - On May 3, 2019, the trustees voted to remove the Gish name from the theatre following calls to do so from the Black Student Union and a subsequent a task force report, which found that naming the theatre after Lillian Gish created a non-inclusive learning environment due to her involvement with "The Birth of a Nation"