Annabeth Gish

  • Birth Name: Anne Elizabeth Gish
  • Birth Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

A juvenile player who successfully transitioned to adult roles, Gish was still in her teens when she beat out hundreds of actresses for the lead role in 1986's Desert Bloom. Following a quick succession of big-screen roles, Gish took time off to attend Duke University studying English and women’s studies. After appearing in supporting roles in a number of indie films and TV-movies in the '90s, Gish got a big career boost — and met her husband, fight coordinator Wade Allen — when she signed on to the last season of The X Files. A recurring part on The West Wing as the first daughter led to becoming a series regular as a local politician's troubled wife on the Showtime series Brotherhood.

Fast Facts

  • Began acting in community theater as a child and continued throughout adolescence.
  • Made her movie debut in 1986's Desert Bloom, a coming-of-age tale set in 1950s Nevada.
  • Following work in the films Mystic Pizza (1988) and Shag (1989) interrupted her career for four years to attend Duke University.
  • Met her husband on the set of The X-Files when he was choreographing fight scenes.
  • Her pregnancy was woven into her character’s storyline in the third season of Brotherhood.
  • Though regularly asked, she is not related to silent film star Lillian Gish.

Awards

  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Cash Alexander Allen — Son
  • Wade Allen — Husband
  • Judith K. Stephenson Gish — Mother
  • Timothy Gish — Brother
  • Robert F. Gish — Father
  • Robin Gish — Sister
  • Enzo Edward Allen — Son

College

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States (BA in English, 1993)
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