~Dorothy Gish~

Born: March 11, 1898 in Massillon, Ohio, USA
Died: June 4, 1968, Rapallo, Liguria, Italy
~Silent Filmography~
The less-celebrated younger sister of the famed Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish was also a pioneer of the
silent screen through her work under director D.W. Griffith. Born Dorothy de Guiche in Massillon,
OH, on March 11, 1898, she was the youngest daughter of actress Mary Gish and with her sister
began acting onstage at the age of four. The family soon relocated to New York, where in short time
the girls were the family breadwinners. Among their colleagues was another child actress, Mary
Pickford, who in 1909 traveled west to Hollywood to pursue a career in the movies. She found work
with the famed Griffith, and soon persuaded him to recruit the Gish sisters for his Biograph Studios'
repertory company of actors. Dorothy and Lillian debuted together in 1912's An Unseen Enemy and
over the next several years appeared both together and independently in dozens of the director's
one- and two-reelers.
While overshadowed by Lillian's fame, Dorothy was among the Griffith stable's finest actresses,
skilled both in pantomime and light comedy. Among her most memorable performances for the
director were turns in 1914's Judith of Bethulia, 1918's Hearts of the World, and 1922's Orphans of
the Storm. Gish also appeared in a number of Elmer Clifton comedies, and in 1920 even starred in
Dorothy's directorial debut Remodeling Her Husband. The 1927 Herbert Wilcox drama Madame
Pompadour was her final film appearance during the silent era; she did not reappear onscreen
before 1930's Wolves, and then gave up motion pictures for more than a decade to concentrate on
the stage. Gish returned to cinemas in the 1944 romantic comedy Our Hearts Were Young and Gay,
followed two years later by Centennial Summer. Another long hiatus followed before she co-starred
in the 1951 Robert Siodmak docudrama The Whistle at Eaton Falls. A cameo in the 1963 Otto
Preminger film The Cardinal was Gish's final screen appearance; she died in Rapallo, Italy, on June
4, 1968.

Biography by: Jason Ankeny, AllMovie
~D.W. Griffith with Lillian
Gish and Dorothy Gish -
date unknown~

Madame Pompadour (1927) .... Madame Pompadour
Tiptoes (1927) .... Tiptoes Kaye
London (1926) .... Mavis Hogan
Nell Gwynne (1926) .... Nell Gwyn
Camille (1926/II) .... Grace
... aka "The Fate of a Coquette" - USA (subtitle)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) (uncredited) .... Crowd Extra in Chariot Race  
... aka "Ben-Hur" - USA (short title)
Clothes Make the Pirate (1925) .... Betsy Tidd
The Beautiful City (1925) .... Mollie
Night Life of New York (1925) .... Meg
Romola (1925) .... Tessa
The Bright Shawl (1923) .... La Clavel
Fury (1923) .... Minnie
The Country Flapper (1922) .... Jolanda Whiple - the flapper
Orphans of the Storm (1921) .... Louise Girard
The Ghost in the Garret (1921) .... Delsie O'Dell
Flying Pat (1920) .... Patricia Van Nuys
Little Miss Rebellion (1920) .... Grand Duchess Marie Louise
Remodeling Her Husband (1920) .... Janie Wakefield
Mary Ellen Comes to Town (1920) .... Mary Ellen

Turning the Tables (1919) .... Doris Pennington
Nobody Home (1919) .... Frances Wadsworth
Nugget Nell (1919) .... Nugget Nell
I'll Get Him Yet (1919) .... Susy Faraday Jones
Peppy Polly (1919) .... Polly
Boots (1919) .... Boots
The Hope Chest (1918) .... Sheila Moore
Battling Jane (1918) .... Jane
The Hun Within (1918) .... Beth
Hearts of the World (1918) (uncredited) .... The Little Disturber
United States Fourth Liberty Loan Drive (Short) ... Herself
Her Official Fathers (1917) .... Janice
Stage Struck (1917) .... Ruth Colby
The Little Yank (1917)
Children of the Feud (1916) .... Sairy Ann
Atta Boy's Last Race (1916) .... Lois Brandon
Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916) .... Gretchen Van Houck
The Little School Ma'am (1916) .... Nan
Susan Rocks the Boat (1916) .... Susan Johnstone
Little Meena's Romance (1916) .... Meena
Betty of Greystone (1916) .... Betty Lockwood
Her Mother's Daughter (1915)
The Warning (1915/I)
... aka "The Eternal Penalty" - USA (reissue title)
Old Heidelberg (1915) .... Katie Ruder
Jordan Is a Hard Road (1915) .... Cora Findley
Bred in the Bone (1915) .... Mercy, at Sixteen
Victorine (1915) .... Dottie
The Little Catamount (1915) .... Hattie - the Little Catamount
The Mountain Girl (1915) .... Nell - the Mountain Girl
Out of Bondage (1915) .... Mary McRae
Her Grandparents (1915) .... Dorothy
Minerva's Mission (1915) .... Minerva
The Lost Lord Lowell (1915)
How Hazel Got Even (1915) .... Hazel
An Old-Fashioned Girl (1915) .... Abigail - the Country Girl
The Better Way (1914/I) .... Sunbeam
The Sisters (1914/I) .... Carol (May's younger sister)
The Saving Grace (1914) .... The Girl
The Availing Prayer (1914) .... May Rock
Back to the Kitchen (1914) .... The Daughter
Sands of Fate (1914) .... Helen
The Warning (1914/I) .... Dorothy
Down the Hill to Creditville (1914) .... Mamie New
Granny (1914)
A Lesson in Mechanics (1914)
Her Mother's Necklace (1914)
The Tavern of Tragedy (1914)
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' (1914)
... aka "The Telltale Heart" - USA (alternative title)
Man's Enemy (1914)
The City Beautiful (1914)
The Suffragette's Battle in Nuttyville (1914)
Arms and the Gringo (1914)
Their First Acquaintance (1914) .... Miriam Talbot
The Rebellion of Kitty Belle (1914)
The Newer Woman (1914)
The Mountain Rat (1914) .... Nell, ''The Mountin Rat''
Silent Sandy (1914) .... Mary
The Wife (1914/I)
A Fair Rebel (1914)
Home, Sweet Home (1914/I) .... Sister of Payne's Sweetheart
Liberty Belles (1914)
The Different Man (1914)
The Floor Above (1914) .... Stella Ford
Cigar Butts (1914)
The Old Man (1914)
The Mysterious Shot (1914)
Judith of Bethulia (1914) .... The crippled beggar
... aka "Her Condoned Sin" - International (English title) (reissue title)
Her Father's Silent Partner (1914)
Her Old Teacher (1914)
A Duel for Love (1914)
The House of Discord (1913)
By Man's Law (1913) .... At League Meeting
A Cure for Suffragettes (1913) .... Suffragette
The Lady in Black (1913) .... The Girl
The Adopted Brother (1913) .... The Daughter
The Suffragette Minstrels (1913) .... Among Suffragette Minstrels
Papa's Baby (1913) .... Young Mother
The Widow's Kids (1913)
Those Little Flowers (1913) .... A Messenger
The Vengeance of Galora (1913) (unconfirmed)
Pa Says (1913)
The Reformers; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business (1913) .... Dancer
... aka "The Reformers" - USA (short title)
Her Mother's Oath (1913) .... The Daughter
Almost a Wild Man (1913) .... Miss Smart/Sideshow Patron
Red Hicks Defies the World (1913) .... Hicks' Sweetheart
His Mother's Son (1913) .... Woman at Dock
Just Gold (1913) .... The Sweetheart's Friend
The Lady and the Mouse (1913) .... The Sick Sister
The Perfidy of Mary (1913) .... Rose
Broken Ways (1913) .... In Telegraph Office
Oil and Water (1913) .... In First Audience
A Cry for Help (1912)
The Burglar's Dilemma (1912) .... Birthday Wellwisher
My Hero (1912) .... The Young Woman
The New York Hat (1912) (uncredited)
Brutality (1912)
The Informer (1912)
My Baby (1912) .... Wedding Guest
Gold and Glitter (1912) .... On Street
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) .... Frizzy-haired woman in street
The Painted Lady (1912) .... Belle at Ice Cream Festival
So Near, Yet So Far (1912) .... A Friend
Two Daughters of Eve (1912) .... Theater crowd extra
An Unseen Enemy (1912) .... The Sister (younger)


Her Official Fathers (1917) (uncredited)


The Suffragette Minstrels (1913) (story)