Lillian Diana Gish (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993) was the most distinguished actress of the silent era. Being best known for her work in films, she was also a talented theater actress, included into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1972.

Gish was an outstanding film star of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D. W. Griffith and her role in his silent film The Birth of a Nation (1915), which is considered the highest-grossing work of the silent epoch. At the beginning of the sound era, she returned to the stage, but didn't appear in films very often, though becoming one of the most influential actresses in history.

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