The New York Times – 1981
NOTES ON PEOPLE; Lillian Gish: a Winner Before and a Winner Again
By Albin Krebs and Robert Mcg. Thomas
April 8, 1981
While Lillian Gish, the legendary film actress, was serving as guest preacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Murray Hill, N.J., last Sunday, Lillian Gish, a 3-year old chestnut mare, was winning her first race.
This story had its beginning several months ago, when Jerry Brody, the restaurateur, who breeds race horses, was looking for a name for a filly whose dam was ”Birth of a Nation” and whose sire was ”Silent Screen.”
A friend suggested to Mr. Brody that he give the horse the obvious name, and he called Miss Gish to ask if she’d be offended.
”On the contrary,” she said yesterday. ”I’ve always loved horses, even learned to read with the help of the book ‘Black Beauty.’ By the time I was 6, I could ride bareback. And besides, with the horse’s parents names, it was only natural that she took mine.”
Lillian Gish, the horse, had come in second in one of her four previous races, but Sunday at Aqueduct she came in first, paying $3.40.
”I’ve never seen Lillian, but now she’s a star and I’ll have to pay my respects,” said the 83-year-old actress. ”My back elevator man has bet on her before, and if he didn’t bet to win Sunday, he’s going to have a fit. I’m ready to bet on her myself.”
Albin Krebs Robert McG. Thomas Jr.