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Ethel Barrymore

Stage Actress / Film Actress / Actress | * 08/15/1879 († 79, 06/18/1959) | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
Ethel Barrymore (born Ethel Mae Blythe; August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Barrymore was a stage, screen and radio actress whose career spanned six decades, and was regarded as "The First Lady of the American Theatre". She received four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, winning for None But the Lonely Heart (1944). ()

Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company. The two met and married as members of Augustin Daly's company in New York. They both acted with some of the great stage personalities of the mid Victorian theater of America and England. The Barrymore children were born and grew up in Philadelphia. Though older brother Lionel Barrymore began acting early with his mother's relatives in the Drew theater company, Ethel, after a traditional girl's schooling, planned on becoming a concert pianist.The lure of the stage was perhaps congenital, however. She made her debut as a stage actress during the New York City season of 1894. Her youthful stage presence was at once a pleasure, a strikingly pretty and winsome face and large dark eyes that seemed to look out from her very soul. Her natural talent and distinctive voice only reinforced the physical presence of someone destined to command any role set before her. After the opportunity to appear on the London stage with English great Henry Irving in "The Bells" (1897) and later in "Peter the Great" (1898), she returned to New York to star in the Clyde Fitch play "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines" (1901) (produced by her friend and benefactor Charles Frohman), which brought her initial American acclaim. Lead roles, such as Nora in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" (1905) and starring in "Alice By the Fire" (also 1905), "Mid-Channel" (1910) and "Trelawney of the Wells" (1911) proved her popularity as a warm and charismatic star of American stage. In the meantime she married stockbroker Russell Griswold Colt in 1909 and gave birth to three children while continuing her acting career.Although the stage was her first love, she did heed the call of the silver screen, and though not achieving the matinée idol image that younger brother John Barrymore garnered in silent movies after similar chemistry on stage, she won over audiences from her first film appearance in The Nightingale (1914). However, her early film roles, steady through 1919, took a back seat to continued stage triumphs: "Declassee" (1919), her impassioned Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" (1922), "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray" (1924) and, especially, "The Constant Wife" (1926).She harnessed her considerable talents in the role of an activist as well, being a bedrock supporter of the Actors Equity Association and, in fact, had been a prominent figure in the actors strike of 1919. By 1930 she was entering middle age and her movie roles reflected this. Except for Rasputin and the Empress (1932) with her brothers, the roles were elderly mothers and grandmothers, dowager ladies and spinster aunts. Perhaps wisely she put off Hollywood for over a decade, with stage work that included her most endearing role in "The Corn is Green" (a tour that lasted from 1940 to 1942). She finally moved to Southern California in 1940.When she passed away in 1959, she was interred near her brothers at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Music

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Awards & Nominations for Ethel Barrymore

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 4x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Ethel Barrymore as Actress(40)

as (archive footage) (uncredited)1974 That's Entertainment!
as Katherine Chandler1957 Johnny Trouble
as Aunt Jessie Tuttle1954 Young at Heart
as Mrs. Hazel Pennicott1953 The Story of Three Loves
as Margaret Garrison1952 Deadline - U.S.A.
as Alida De Bronkhart1952 Just for You
as Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan1951 It's a Big Country
as Mary Herries1951 Kind Lady
as Abigail Trent Budell1949 That Midnight Kiss
as Miss Em1949 Pinky
as Grandmother Ostrovsky1949 The Great Sinner
as Mother Superior ('Mother Auxilia')1949 The Red Danube
as Grandma1948 Moonrise
as Miss Spinney1948 Portrait of Jennie
as Lady Sophie Horfield1947 The Paradine Case
as Margaret Drego1947 Moss Rose
as Miss Willey1947 Night Song
as Agath Morley1947 The Farmer's Daughter
as Mrs. Warren1946 The Spiral Staircase
as herself1943 Show-Business at War
as Czarina Alexandra1932 Rasputin and the Empress
as Lady Frederick Berolles1919 The Divorcee
as Emma McChesney1918 Our Mrs. McChesney
as Clorinda Gildersleeve1917 The Lifted Veil
as Esther Carey1917 Life's Whirlpool
as Maris1917 The Eternal Mother
as Flanders / Belgium - Flemish & Final episodes1917 National Red Cross Pageant
as Nan Baldwin1917 The White Raven
as Elizabeth Carter1917 An American Widow
as Miriam Monroe1917 The Greatest Power
as Helena Richie1916 The Awakening of Helena Ritchie
as Nadia Turgeneff1916 The Kiss of Hate
as Jane Carleson - Mrs. Murray Campbell1915 The Final Judgment
as Isola Franti - 'The Nightingale'1914 The Nightingale

TV Shows/Series with Ethel Barrymore as Actress(3)


Full Name: Ethel Barrymore
Born: Friday, 08/15 1879 (August) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
Died: Thursday, 06/18 1959 (June) in Beverly Hills (aged: 79)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Spouses (current/former): Russell Griswold Colt
Children: Samuel Colt, Ethel Barrymore Colt, John Drew Colt
Father: Maurice Barrymore
Mother: Georgiana Drew
Other names for Ethel Barrymore (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Ethel Mae Blythe"
Ethel Barrymore frequently works together with these people:
Cedric Gibbons (6x, Crew)
Lionel Barrymore (6x, Actor)
Ben Hecht (5x, Crew)
Bess Flowers (4x, Actress)
Agnes Moorehead (4x, Actress)
Sydney Guilaroff (4x, Crew)
Edwin B. Willis (4x, Crew)
Edith Head (4x, Crew)
Ricca Allen (4x, Actress)
Dore Schary (4x, Crew)
Jonathan Harris (3x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:4253, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/18/2022