Ethel Barrymore

  • Birth Name: Ethel Mae Blythe
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: June 18, 1959
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • After working in theatrical touring productions, she found Broadway success in 1901 with Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines and eventually became known as "the first lady of the American stage." 
  • Rasputin and the Empress (1932) was the only film in which she appeared with her brothers, John and Lionel.
  • Announced her retirement from acting in 1936, only to return to the Broadway stage the following year in The Ghost of Yankee Doodle.
  • Always preferred the stage to the screen; once said about television, "It's hell."
  • Turned down a marriage proposal from Winston Churchill.
  • The great-aunt of actress Drew Barrymore.
  • A Broadway theater on West 47th Street bears her name.

Awards

  • 1955, Emmy — Best Actress in a Single Performance: Nominee
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1949, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Louisa Lane Drew — Grandmother
  • Dolores Ethel Mae Barrymore — Niece
  • Samuel Colt — Son
  • Georgiana Drew Barrymore — Mother
  • John Drew Barrymore — Nephew
  • Russell G. Colt — Ex-husband
  • Sidney Drew — Uncle
  • John Drew Colt — Son
  • John Drew — Grandfather
  • Lionel Barrymore — Brother
  • Maurice Barrymore — Father
  • John Drew Jr. — Uncle
  • Ethel Miglietta — Daughter
  • Diana Barrymore — Niece
  • John Barrymore — Brother

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