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Also Known As: Dorothy Elizabeth Carter, Dorothy Elizabeth Gish Died: June 4, 1968
Born: March 11, 1898 Cause of Death: bronchial pneumonia
Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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Though not as popular or successful as her older sister, actress Dorothy Gish nonetheless enjoyed a good run in the silent era as a pert and talented leading lady who seemed most at home in comedy. Gish made a number of pictures with her sister and director D.W. Griffith, starting with "An Unseen Enemy" (1912), before having her big breakthrough role in the World War I epic, "Hearts of the World" (1918). After signing a contract with Paramount Pictures that same year, Gish starred in a string of successful films that made her one of the top comic performers in Hollywood. She made her last film with her sister and Griffith in the epic "Orphans of the Storm" (1922), and moved to England in the mid-1920s to make her final silent-era films, including the international hit "Nell Gywnn" (1926). Gish made the transition to talkies with "Wolves" (1930), but stepped away from movies for 14 years to perform on the stage. She returned to pictures as a character actress in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944) and "Centennial Summer" (1946), and made her last movie "The Cardinal" (1963), before succumbing to ill health. Though overshadowed by her sister, Gish was certainly remembered as a popular star in her...

Though not as popular or successful as her older sister, actress Dorothy Gish nonetheless enjoyed a good run in the silent era as a pert and talented leading lady who seemed most at home in comedy. Gish made a number of pictures with her sister and director D.W. Griffith, starting with "An Unseen Enemy" (1912), before having her big breakthrough role in the World War I epic, "Hearts of the World" (1918). After signing a contract with Paramount Pictures that same year, Gish starred in a string of successful films that made her one of the top comic performers in Hollywood. She made her last film with her sister and Griffith in the epic "Orphans of the Storm" (1922), and moved to England in the mid-1920s to make her final silent-era films, including the international hit "Nell Gywnn" (1926). Gish made the transition to talkies with "Wolves" (1930), but stepped away from movies for 14 years to perform on the stage. She returned to pictures as a character actress in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944) and "Centennial Summer" (1946), and made her last movie "The Cardinal" (1963), before succumbing to ill health. Though overshadowed by her sister, Gish was certainly remembered as a popular star in her own right.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Cardinal (1963) Celia
2.
 The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) Helen Doubleday
3.
 Centennial Summer (1946) Harriet Rogers
4.
 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944) Mrs. Skinner
5.
 Wolves (1930)
6.
 Madame Pompadour (1927)
7.
 Tiptoes (1927)
8.
 The Beautiful City (1925) Mollie
9.
 Clothes Make the Pirate (1925) Betsy Tidd, his wife
10.
 Romola (1925) Tessa
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Milestones close milestones

1902:
Stage debut in stock
1912:
Film acting debut, "An Unseen Enemy"; sister Lillian also featured
1912:
Acted with Biograph, Majestic-Mutual and Fine Arts studios
1912:
Teamed with Lillian in "The Musketeers of Pig Alley", directed by D.W. Griffith
1914:
Featured in Griffith's "Judith of Bethulia"
:
Signed with Paramount
1920:
Starred in and co-wrote (with sister Lillian) "Remodeling Her Husband", directed by Lillian Gish
1922:
Last film with Griffith and her sister, "Orphans of the Storm"
1923:
Featured in "Fury", directed by Henry King
1925:
Starred opposite Lillian in "Romola"
:
Moved to London; appeared in "Nell Gwyn" (1926), "London" (1927) and "Madame Pompadour" (1929), among other films
1930:
First talking film, "Wolves"; last film for 14 years
:
Concentrated on stage acting career
1944:
Return to films after 14 years onstage, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay"
1946:
Enjoyed a stage success in "The Magnificent Yankee", opposite Louis Calhern
1956:
Last stage play with sister, "The Chalk Garden
1963:
Final film, "The Cardinal"
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Notes

"I have a crooked face. I always think of myself as a squirrel, with two nuts stored in one cheek, and only one in the other." --Dorothy Gish, quoted in undated newspaper article.

"You miss the old feeling. Making movies used to be fun. A medium is always more fun when it's new." --Dorothy Gish, quoted in newspaper interview, c. 1950.

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companion:
Robert Harron. Actor. Appeared together in films.
husband:
James Rennie. Actor. Eloped December 26, 1920; divorced in 1935 over Rennie's alcoholism.
companion:
Louis Calhern. Actor. After affair had ended, acted together on Broadway in "The Magnificent Yankee".

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Leigh Gish. Traveling salesman. Born c. 1875; alcoholic; separated from family; died in 1912.
mother:
Mary Robinson McConnell. Actor, department store worker. Born in September 1876; died in 1948.
sister:
Lillian Gish. Actor, director. Born on October 14, 1893; died on February 27, 1993.

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