Happy 120th birthday today to Miss Lillian Gish - one of those rare beasts, a silent movie star who remained a successful film actress for the rest of her (long) life.
Facts about Miss Gish:
- She was born the same year the movie camera was invented.
- Both she and her sister Dorothy were drawn into acting at a very early age. "Baby Lillian" made her stage debut in 1902.
- Legend has it that at their movie audition, and without warning, DW Griffith shot a prop gun over their heads. The girls' horrified shrieks convinced him that they could emote onscreen, and he hired them both.
- Lillian's first film was An Unseen Enemy in 1912. Her last was The Whales of August (alongside Bette Davies) in 1987 - 75 years later.
"Young man, if God had wanted you to see me that way, he would have put your eyes in your bellybutton."
"I've never been in style, so I can never go out of style."
"Never get caught acting."
Lillian Diana Gish (14th October 1893 – 27th February 1993)