- Was good friends with fellow silent-film star Mary Pickford, who introduced her to director D.W. Griffith.
- Along with her sister, Dorothy, made her film debut in Griffith's An Unseen Enemy (1912).
- Made her first talkie, One Romantic Night, in 1930.
- Returned to the Broadway stage in the '30s, where her roles included Ophelia to John Gielgud's Hamlet, before resuming her film career with 1942's Commandos Strike at Dawn.
- Wrote several memoirs, including The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me (1969), Dorothy and Lillian Gish (1973) and An Actor's Life for Me! (1987).
- Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1984.
- Made her final film appearance in 1987's The Whales of August, for which she was named Best Actress by the Independent Spirit Awards and the National Board of Review.
- 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1988, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
- 1970, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
- Mary Robinson McConnell — Mother
- George Jean Nathan — Ex-significant Other
- James Leigh Gish — Father
- Charles Duell — Ex-significant Other
- Dorothy Gish — Sister
- Birth Name: Lillian Diana Gish
- Birth Place: Springfield, OH
- Died: February 27, 1993
- Profession: Actor
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