Lillian Gish (1893-1993) & Dorothy Gish (1898-1968)

Lillian Gish (1893-1993) & Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) (HM1J32)

Location: Massillon, OH 44646 Stark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 47.774', W 81° 31.273'

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Lillian Gish (1893-1993) & Dorothy Gish (1898-1968)"
Stars of the silent screen, Lillian and Dorothy Gish enjoyed long and distinguished careers both in film and on stage. They began their careers as child actresses, performing in touring theater companies. Although Lillian was born in Springfield, Ohio, and Dorothy in Dayton, the Gish sisters considered Massillon their home, often staying here with relatives between plays and films. In 1912, Lillian and Dorothy went to New York and made their first film, An Unseen Enemy, with famed director D.W. Griffith.

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Relocating to Hollywood, the Gish sisters made many films for Griffith's Biograph Company, including such silent masterpieces as The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Hearts of the World, Broken Blossoms, and Orphans of the Storm. Lillian was the quintessential silent screen heroine with an ethereal, emotionally powerful presence. Dorothy developed a more down-to-earth image, excelling in light, comedic roles. Their stage and screen careers spanned the 20th century. In 1984, Lillian received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. They are remembered today as legendary pioneers in the motion picture industry.
HM NumberHM1J32
Marker Number13-76
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, City of Massillon, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 456030 N 4516268
Decimal Degrees40.79623333, -81.52121667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 47.774', W 81° 31.273'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 47' 46.44" N, 81° 31' 16.38" W
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Area Code(s)330
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131-135 Diamond Ct SE, Massillon OH 44646, US
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