Gish Sisters Attend Cousin’s Wedding

Tuesday March 24, 1953

Massillon’s famous Gish sisters, well known stars of stage and screen, paid a dual visit to Massillon over the weekend to attend the wedding Saturday of their cousin, Miss Becky Merrill, to Robert G. Risher.

It was the first time in a number of years that the Misses Lillian and Dorothy Gish of New York City had visited their home city together.

The wedding took place Saturday afternoon in St. Timothy’s Episcopal church, where both the sisters were confirmed while they were residing in Massillon with their aunt, Mrs. F.B. Cleaver, 442 6th st. NE, whom they visited over the weekend.

Although Lillian has visited Massillon a few times in the past several years – she was here last two years ago to participate in ceremonies celebrating the completion of the Massillon Conservancy district’s flood control – grade crossing elimination project – this is Dorothy’s first return trip to Massillon since 1940. At that time, she was starring in “Life With Father”, which was presented in Canton.

Lillian Gish Major Weirich and Irene Beamer Massillon Museum photo

Lillian Gish Viaduct Dedication ceremony 1947 Massillon Ohio (Mayor Weirich)

Although both of the sisters are well – known on the stage and in motion pictures, Lillian also has attained renown in the television field. Her latest television venture was made three weeks ago when she appeared in a play presented on the Television Playhouse theater program.

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Lillian also will begin work soon on a new play, “Seven Women”, which will be presented in the late summer or early fall in New York.

The former Miss Merrill is the daughter of Mrs. Emily C.Merrill of 625 Lincoln Way E and Henry M. Merrill of Chicago. Mrs. Merrill is a first cousin of the Misses Gish. Risher, a seaman in the United States Navy, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Krueger of Chardon.

Following a 10-day leave, Seaman Risher will go to New Orleans, La. where he expects to be stationed for the next year. Mrs Risher will join him in June following graduation from Kent State university.

Tuesday March 24, 1953

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