Question: Is Annabeth Gish related to Lillian Gish? Kathy
Flickchick: Although it is frequently reported that movie and TV actress Annabeth Gish, who is currently appearing on The X-Files, and silent film pioneer Lillian Gish (1893-1993) are related, this is not the case. But the confusion is understandable: Annabeth Gish's grandmother was named Lillian; she just wasn't the Lillian Gish born Lillian Diana de Guiche who made her first film in 1912 and her last, The Whales of August, in 1987. That Lillian Gish was never married and had no children; her only sibling, Dorothy, who was also an actress, was married to actor James Rennie for 15 years, but the couple had no children. Annabeth Gish, who was born in Albuquerque, N.M., and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa, began performing as a child and has told interviewers that when she was 12 she wrote to the veteran actress, then 90; Lillian Gish responded with "a wonderful letter."