Lillian Gish (1893-1993) was an American film legend, one of the earliest stars of th
  • Lillian Gish
  • Lillian Gish in The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Lillian Gish
e silver screen, and known as "First Lady of American Cinema." Her film career spanned from 1912 through 1987, and worked on stage as well as screen. Gish also worked as a director and writer, and was the sister of fellow actress Dorothy Gish. She died just shy of 100 years of age.

Gish appeared as a DiD in the 1915 classic silent film, "The Birth of a Nation." It is the first known instance of a cleave gag in American cinema.


  • The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Gagged with a knotted scarf.
  • Orphans of the Storm (1921) - Hands are tied berhind her as she approaches execution by guillotine.
  • The Scarlet Letter (1926) - Placed in stocks