Stage acting debut in tour of the play "In Convict Stripes"; billed as Lillian Niles; subsequently replaced in role by Gladys Smith (later known as Mary Pickford)
NYC stage acting debut in "At Duty's Call"
With mother and sister, moved to NYC
Film acting debut, "An Unseen Enemy"; first film with D.W. Griffith; sister Dorothy was also in the cast
Had featured role in "The Musketeers fo Pig Alley"
Returned to the NYC stage in "A Good Little Devil", supporting Mary Pickford; directed by David Belasco
Appeared in Griffith's "Judith of Bethulia"
Was featured in "The Birth of a Nation"
Starred in "The Lily and the Rose"
Reunited with Griffith for small role in "Intolerance"
Had rare role as a saucy vixen in "Diane of the Follies"
Headlined "Broken Blossoms", directed by Griffith
Starred in "Way Down East" under Griffith's direction
Feature directorial debut, "Remodeling Her Husband"; co-wrote script with sister Dorothy (billed under the pseudonymous Dorothy Elizabeth Carter); Dorothy Gish had lead role
With sister Dorothy, starred in "Orphans of the Storm"; final film with Griffith
Had lead role in the melodramatic "The White Sister"
Signed to contract with MGM; first film with the studio "Romola"
Played Mimi in the silent screen version of "La Boheme"
Had one of her most remembered roles as the plucky heroine of "The Wind", directed by Victor Sjostrom
Returned to Broadway to appear in "Uncle Vanya" alonside Osgood Perkins
Enjoyed stage triumph as "Camille"
Last film for nearly a decade, "His Double Life"
Acted in the Broadway production "Within the Gates", staged by Melvyn Douglas
Starred in Zoe Akins' adaptation of "The Old Maid"
Played Ophelia to John Geilgud's "Hamlet" on Broadway
Agreed to star in a tour of "Life with Father"; performed in Baltimore and Chicago
Returned to features in "Commandos Strike at Dawn"
Received only Academy Award nomination for supporting work in "Duel in the Sun", starring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones
Starred opposite Sanford Meisner in the stage play "Crime and Punishment"
Second film with Jennifer Jones, "Portrait of Jennie"
TV acting debut in the "Philco Television Playhouse" presentation of "The Late Christopher Bean" (NBC)
Starred in the CBS presentation "The Autobiography of Grandma Moses"
Originated role of Carrie Watts in Horton Foote's teleplay "The Trip to Bountiful", aired as a presentation of NBC's "Goodyear Television Playhouse"; directed by Vincent J. Donahue; in November, recreated role in Broadway version, also directed by Donahue
Played the godfearing, maternal Rachel Cooper in "The Night of the Hunter", directed by Charles Laughton
Toured with sister Dorothy in "The Chalk Garden"
Appeared in Berlin in the double bill, "Portrait of a Madonna", a one-act which Tennessee Williams wrote for her and which served as the prototype for Blanche DuBois, and "The Wreck on the 5:25" by Thornton Wilder, co-starring Burgess Meredith
Directed a stage production of "The Beggar's Opera" in New Orleans
Had one scene role in "Orders to Kill", directed by Anthony Asquith
Starred in the John Huston-directed "The Unforgiven"
Co-starred in the award-winning Broadway production of "All the Way Home"
Acted in a TV version of "The Spiral Staircase" (NBC)
Starred as Mrs. Moore in a Chicago stage production of E.M. Forster's novel "A Passage to India"
Broadway musical debut as the Russian Dowager Empress in "Anya", based on "Anastasia"
Had featured role in the Disney movie "Follow Me Boys!"
Acted in "The Comedians" alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Returned to Broadway to co-star in "I Never Sang for My Father"
Was featured in a Mike Nichols-directed version of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya", starring George C. Scott and Julie Christie
Final Broadway performance, "A Musical Jubilee"
Appeared in Robert Altman's "A Wedding" as the family matriarch who passes away
Starred in the ill-advised "Hambone and Hillie"
Last TV role, as Mrs. Loftus in the PBS miniseries "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Cast as the aged mother of a history professor in "Sweet Liberty"
Final film appearance as one of a pair of aged sisters in "The Whales of August"