Lillian Gish, born Lillian Diana Gish (Oct. 14, 1893-Feb. 27, 1993), was the most famous of the silent film actresses, appearing in 79 films, including shorts. She was known as “The First Lady of American Cinema” in a career spanning from 1912-1987, appearing in her last film with Bette Davis at age 94. Previous to her silent acting career, she acted on stage. She also acted in 42 “talkies” and had an extensive television acting career.
"One evening they came upon a snowdrift far back in an old clearing which was in the exact likeness of a beautiful woman's profile. Seen too close by, the resemblance was lost, as in the fairy-tale of the Castle of St. John. Seen from behind, it was a shapeless oddity. But at just the right distance and angle the outline was so perfect that when they came suddenly upon it, gleaming out against the dark background of spruce in the glow of winter sunset they both exclaimed in amazement."