Lillian Diana Gish was born in Springfield, Ohio, the elder sister of actress Dorothy Gish b. 1898. The sisters' mother, Mary Robinson McConnell (an Episcopalian), began acting in order to support the family after her husband, James Lee Gish (who was of German Lutheran descent) abandoned them. When Lillian and Dorothy were old enough, they joined the theatre, often traveling separately in different productions. They also took modeling jobs.
Lillian and her sister Dorothy
Lillian Gish never married nor had children.
She maintained a very close relationship with her sister Dorothy, as well as with Mary Pickford, for her entire life. Another of her closest friends was actress Helen Hayes; Gish was the godmother of Hayes' son James MacArthur.
She died in her sleep of natural causes on February 27, 1993, at the age of 99. Her estate, which she left to Hayes, who died a month later, was valued at several million dollars, and went to provide prizes for artistic excellence.
Her father was James Leigh Gish, his father was David Edwin Gish (wed Diana Caroline Walz and had Alfred, Grant, Levi, David E, James Leonidas), his father was George Gish (wed Susannah Groff and had David Edwin), and his father was Abraham Gish (wed Susanna Kuhns and had Jacob, Abraham, George, Matthias)
Mary Robinson McConnel's parents were Henry Clay McConnell and Emily Ward Robinson. Her siblings were Emily, Henry and Frank
You could find her father's relatives by looking in Hummelstown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.
When she was born her mom and dad were living in Ohio with her grandmother.
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