Ethel Barrymore

Actor, Author
A member of America's multi-generational acting dynasty, Ethel Barrymore established herself as "the first lady of the American stage" prior to following her brothers, Lionel and John, to the land of Hollywood and ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Johnny Trouble 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Chandler (Actor)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

Aunt Jessie (Actor)

Main Street to Broadway 1953 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Deadline U.S.A. 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan (Actor)

The Story of Three Loves 1952 (Movie)

Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (Actor)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

Miss Em (Actor)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Moonrise 1948 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Night Song 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Spiral Staircase 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

None But the Lonely Heart 1943 (Movie)

Ma Mott (Actor)

Just for You (Movie)

Allida de Bronkhart (Actor)

Kind Lady (Movie)

Mary Harries (Actor)

Moss Rose (Movie)

Lady Sterling (Actor)

Rasputin and the Empress (Movie)

Empress Alexandra (The Czarina) (Actor)

That Midnight Kiss (Movie)

Abigail Budell (Actor)

The Farmer's Daughter (Movie)

Mrs. Morley (Actor)

The Nightingale (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret of Convict Lake (Movie)

Granny (Actor)

Whirlpool (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A member of America's multi-generational acting dynasty, Ethel Barrymore established herself as "the first lady of the American stage" prior to following her brothers, Lionel and John, to the land of Hollywood and motion pictures. After paying her dues with smaller roles on the stages of New York and further honing her craft abroad in the U.K., Barrymore became a bona fide Broadway star with her 1901 performance in "Captain Jinx of the Horse Marines." So popular was she during her heyday, that her good-humored admonition to persistent theater audiences wanting another curtain call - "That's all there is, there isn't any more," became an oft-quoted catchphrase throughout the 1920s and '30s. Barrymore's five-year dalliance with silent films in the late-teens was pushed aside in favor of theater and family. A chance to work with both Lionel and John lured her back in front of cameras for "Rasputin and the Empress" (1932), although not for long. Her final, permanent return to film came 11 years later, at the behest of Cary Grant, with whom she co-starred in "None But the Lonely Heart" (1944). The role won her an Academy Award and paved the way for more turns, usually as stern but caring maternal figures, in films like "The Spiral Staircase" (1946), "The Paradine Case" (1947) and "Pinky" (1949). Immortalized as the namesake of Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Barrymore's legacy lived on with her memorable film roles and the career of great-niece, Drew Barrymore, who carried on the family tradition.

Relationships

Drew Barrymore Actor

Grand-Niece

Maurice Barrymore

Father
born on September 21, 1847

John Barrymore

Brother
born on February 15, 1882 died on May 29, 1942

Lionel Barrymore

Brother
born on April 28, 1878 died on November 15, 1954

Russell Colt

Husband
married on March 14, 1909 son of Col. Samuel Pomeroy Colt, board chairman of United States Rubber Company divorced in July 1923

Ethel Colt

Daughter
born in 1912 died in 1977 appeared in the 1971 stage musical "Follies"

John Colt

Son
born in 1913 died in 1975

Samuel Colt

Son
Born in 1909 died in 1986

Georgiana Drew

Mother

John Drew

Uncle

Eliza Lane

Great-Grandmother

EDUCATION

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1957

Last film, "Johnny Trouble"

1943

Returned to films with "None But the Lonely Heart"

1940

Enjoyed greatest stage success with "The Corn Is Green"

1937

Returned to stage acting career in "The Ghost of Yankee Doodle"

1936

Announced retirement

1932

One-shot return to film opposite brothers John and Lionel in "Rasputin and the Empress"

1914

Film acting debut in "The Nightingale"

1901

Achieved stardom on stage with "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines"

1894

Stage acting debut, "The Rivals"

Appeared in a dozen films between 1914 and 1919

Appeared in over 20 films between 1944 and 1957

Bonus Trivia

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"More regal than royalty." --critical accolade once bestowed on Barrymore quoted in her The New York Times June 19, 1959 obituary.

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"That's all there is; there isn't any more." --famous curtain speech by Barrymore

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"A great lady and a great actress." --Harry S Truman on the occasion of Barrymore's seventieth birthday; quoted in her The New York Times June 19, 1959 obituary.

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A Broadway theater (on 47th Street, west of Broadway) was named in her honor.

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Barrymore was noted for her love of baseball, her large library and her morbid wit.

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