Get The Gish Prize!

***UPDATE OCTOBER 2015: This info is no longer relevant. Sadly Diana was not the reciepent of the prize. Worthy candidate Suzan-Lori Parks won for 2015. Congratulations to her and thanks to everyone who sent their thoughts in for Diana!***

IMG_9094When Lillian Gish passed away in 1993 her estate was directed to create a prize for the arts named for her and her sister Dorothy.  Both women were early silent film stars and both women acted well into their final years.

Per Lillian’s wish the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (or Gish Prize for short) was created to award “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” The prize is considered one of the richest and most prestigious art prizes in America.  For example past winners include Spike Lee (2013), Frank Gehry (1994) and Pete Seeger (2004). It truly is one of the most remarkable ways a film estate has given back to the community.

This year, 2015, Diana is among the nominees for the Gish Prize, which appears to be awarded at the end of the year. While it isn’t a voting regulated prize, there is a list of contacts and we would like to urge everyone to respectfully (not spam) write a letter in support of Diana winning this prize.  The list of contacts is here.

Primary Contacts

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Trustee
Jonathan Horowitz, Program Officer | jonathan.g.horowitz@jpmorgan.com
Alberta Arthurs, Consultant to The Gish Prize

Media Contacts

Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors
Justin Holden | holdenj@finnpartners.com | 212.715.1572
Julia Esposito | espositoj@finnpartners.com | 212.715.1643

JP Morgan Chase Bank, U.S. Media Relations
Robert Carosella, Jr. | Robert.carosellajr@jpmorgan.com | 212-622-9819

This award, is quite honestly, more prestigious than a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.  Lately stars have been given out to anyone with enough PR and money to obtain one.  While we still STRONGLY believe Diana deserves a star, this award is something that would really show how much we appreciate this living legend.

Please spread the word, and we hope our Baby Peggy wins!