Silent film actress well known for her collaborations with director D.W. Griffith. She had a lead role in KKK propaganda film Birth of a Nation. She also had prominent roles in Night of the Hunter and The Whales of August.
She acted in school plays and modeled as a teenager.
Her acting career lasted over 75 years.
Gish never married or had children. She briefly dated D.W. Griffith, producer Charles Duell, and editor George Jean Nathan.
She was a supporting actress in Duel in the Sun, which starred Jennifer Jones.