Dorothy Gish

Actress + Director + Writer
Born Mar 11, 1898

Dorothy Elizabeth Gish was an American actress, and the younger sister of actress Lillian Gish.

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1898 Birth Born on March 11, 1898.


1918 20 Years Old Dorothy became famous in this long series of Griffith-supervised films for the Triangle-Fine Arts and Paramount companies from 1918 through 1920, comedies that put her in the front ranks of film comedians. … Read More
1920 22 Years Old …  They were married in 1920 in a double ceremony with actress Constance Talmadge and businessman John Piagoglou.
1925 27 Years Old "And So I Am a Comedienne", an article published in Ladies Home Journal in July 1925, gave Dorothy a chance to recall her public persona: “And so I am a comedienne, though I, too, once wanted to do heroic and tragic things. … Read More


1935 37 Years Old They divorced in 1935; Dorothy never remarried.


1939 41 Years Old In 1939, both Dorothy and Lillian Gish found the role of a lifetime. “Dorothy and I went to see the New York production of Life With Father, starring Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney,” Lillian wrote in her autobiography. “After the performance I said: ‘This is the play we’ve been waiting for to take through America.’” Lillian predicted the popular play would be a perfect showcase for all the people who had seen the hundreds of films featuring Mary Pickford, Dorothy, and herself. … Read More
1945 47 Years Old The play had been a film in 1945 with her sister, Lillian, made for Paramount Pictures Corporation. … Read More
1946 48 Years Old Director Otto Preminger cast Dorothy in his 1946 film, Centennial Summer, and she was said to have been amused that she and some of the other stars were allowed to sing Jerome Kern’s music.


1968 70 Years Old She died in 1968 from bronchial pneumonia at the age of 70 at a clinic in Rapallo, Italy, where she had been a patient for two years, with sister Lillian at her side. … Read More
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