Dorothy Gish appeared in over 100 silent films.

Dorothy Gish  (March 11, 1898 – June 4, 1968)

Dorothy Gish
(March 11, 1898 – June 4, 1968)

 

Dorothy Gish was born on March 11, 1898 in Massillon, Ohio. She is the younger sister of Lillian Gish. Dorothy Gish’s mother, Mary Gish, went into acting to support the family when the sister’s father left them when they were very young. When they were old enough they joined their mother on stage and did some modeling. In 1912, Mary Pickford, who was a childhood friend, introduced the sisters to director D.W. Griffith. Griffith was impressed with the sisters and they began acting at Biograph Studios. Dorothy and Lillian Gish both debuted in the same movie, Griffith’s An Unseen Enemy (1912). Dorothy went on to star in over 100 films, many of them with her sister. In 1928 Dorothy Gish retired from the screen, except for a couple occasional small roles, but she went on to enjoy a long and lucrative career on the stage.

 

Dorothy Gish

Dorothy Gish

 

Even though Dorothy was overshadowed by her sister Lillian, who is considered to be one of the greatest silent screen actresses of all time, Dorothy was still much respected for her light comedy and acting. For her contributions as an actress to motion pictures, Dorothy Gish received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood,California.

 

Dorothy Gish (right) with sister Lillian Gish in "Orphans of the Storm" (1921)

Dorothy Gish (right) with sister Lillian Gish in
“Orphans of the Storm” (1921)

 

Dorothy Gish, with her sister Lillian by her side,  died in 1968 from bronchial pneumonia and is entombed in Saint Bartholemew’s Episcopol Church in New York City in the columbarium in the underloft of the church. Her sister Lillian Gish is entombed beside her.

 

Dorothy Gish in "The Little School Ma'am"  (1916)

Dorothy Gish in “The Little School Ma’am” (1916)

 

Dorothy Gish with William Parke Jr.in "The Ghost In The Garret" (1921)

Dorothy Gish with William Parke Jr.in
“The Ghost In The Garret” (1921)

 

Dorothy Gish in "Nell Gwynn" (1926)

Dorothy Gish in “Nell Gwynn” (1926)

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