LILLIAN DIANA GISH
14 Oct 1893 - 27 Feb 1993 (99)
|Tribute Oscar (1971)
"I'm speechless,..." isn't she adorable in Silent ?
The Great Lady of Cinema
* a 75 years career *
A long and brilliant career
Once again a drunked father who abandoned them !
Since 1902 she played with mother in theatre even with Sarah Bernard, so when Mother and baby sister Dorothy moved to New-York in 1912, she was 19 years old, luckyly the girl next door was an actress named Gladys Smith.
This girl took the stage name Mary Pickford ! And in 1912 Lillian had 10 years of playing experience, her friend Mary decided to introduce the sisters to a certain DW Griffith
DW Griffith launched her career and she became his favourite actress. Very popular she made many films until the masterpiece "Birth of a nation" in 1915.
A star was born and she will have a continuing success for decades and in many masterpieces
She was credited in 119 films or TV show (IMDB) and except a decade hole in the 30's at the beginning of talking, she played until 1987, like in the famous "Night of the Hunter" in 1955
She retired in 1988 and died in 1993, 99 years old, wasn't it a marvelous life ?
Thanks a lot sweet Miss Lilly
| * Sisters Gish and Mr Griffith *
Best of Griffith - Gish
They made 41 movies together
A few list of the most known movies
1912 - An unseen enemy (The first short 17 min)
1912 - The musketeers of pig alley
1913 - The mothering heart
1914 - Judith of Bethulia (First long with 61 min)
1915 - Birth of a Nation (incredible 3h13 min)
1916 - Intolerance (3H30 the longest masterpiece)
1918 - Hearts of the world
1919 - True Heart Susie
1919 - Broken blossoms
1920 - Way down east
1921 - Orphans of the storm (the last collaboration)
Many of them with Mary Pickford at the beginning and her sister.
Christy Cabane, Griffith's assistant, was her second director in 1913 in "An Indian's Loyalty"
|6 GREAT MOVIES (my feelings)|
|1915 Birth of a Nation||1916 Intolerance||1919 Broken Blossoms|
|DW Griffith||DW Griffith||DW Griffith|
|1926 La boheme||1929 The Wind||1955 Night of the Hunter|
|King Vidor||Victor Sjostrom||Charles Laughton|