Lillian Gish

From the Archives: Death Takes Screen Legend Lillian Gish

From the Archives: Death Takes Screen Legend Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish, whose portrayals of fragile innocence graced the golden age of silent films, extending into an eight-decade testament to dramatic perpetuity, is dead.

Her longtime personal manager, James Frasher said Sunday that the internationally recognized star died in her sleep Saturday night in her stylish apartment on Manhattan's Sutton Place. She was 99.

"She often said she wished if at all possible that she be allowed to die in her own bed and the Lord granted her request," Frasher said.

Her final film was "The Whales of August" in 1987. Mike Kaplan, a producer of that tribute to sisterly patience, recalled: "She said afterward: 'I will...

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