Birthdate: Saturday, October 14th, 1893
Location: Springfield, Ohio, USA
Died: Saturday, February 27th, 1993
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Cause of death: Heart failure
Best known for: Known as The First Lady of American Cinema, Lillian's career spanned 75 years, with her most notable work in the silent era, and partnership with director D W Griffith, such as on Birth of a Nation (1915), and later in Duel in the Sun (1946, for which she was nominated for an Oscar - beaten by Anne Baxter) and Night of the Hunter (1955). In 1971 she was awarded an honorary Oscar, at the age of 78.
|Lillian Gish pictured for The Whales of August,|
aged 93, in 1987
|Lillian on a morning show in January|
1987, at the age of 93.
Here's a two-minute interview with a 90-year-old Lillian in 1983 conducted by Joan Rivers in which the legend explains why she never married ("I didn't want to ruin any of their lives!") and the allure of John Gielgud and Mickey Mouse! It's a woman nearing the end of her remarkable life but one who is still 100% in control of it.