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Ethel Barrymore

Ethel Barrymore, 1896, photograph by Burr McIntosh, N.Y.
Birth name Ethel Mae Blythe
Born August 15, 1879
Flag of United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died June 18, 1959 (aged 79)
Flag of United States Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s) Russel Griswold Colt (1909-1923)
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actress
1944 None but the Lonely Heart (1944)

Ethel Barrymore (August 15, 1879June 18, 1959) was an Academy Award-winning American actress and a member of the famous Barrymore family. Image File history File links EthelBarrymore1896. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... None but the Lonely Heart is a 1944 film which tells the story of a Cockney lad who returns home with no ambitions, but finds that his family needs him. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Categories: Disambiguation | Stub ... The Barrymore family is an American acting family. ...

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Early life

Ethel Barrymore was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second child of the actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. She spent her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Catholic schools while there. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Born Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth, Maurice Barrymore (1849 – 1905) was the forefather of the Barrymore family of American actors. ... Georgiana Emma Drew (July 11, 1856 – July 2, 1893) was an American stage actress. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


She was the sister of actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore, the aunt of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the great-aunt of actress/producer Drew Barrymore. John Sidney Blyth Barrymore (February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – May 29, 1942 in Los Angeles, California), was an American actor. ... Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe on April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American Academy Award Winning actor of stage, radio and film. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer, the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors. ...


Career

Ethel Barrymore in 1896
Ethel Barrymore in 1896

Ethel Barrymore was highly regarded as a charming and charismatic stage actress in New York City and a major Broadway performer. Her first appearance in Broadway was in 1901, in a play called Captain Jinks of the Horses Marines. She was a great Nora in A Doll's House by Ibsen (1905), and a passionate Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare (1922). Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 480 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3279 × 4096 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 480 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3279 × 4096 pixel, file size: 2. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: A Dolls House A Dolls House or A Dollhouse (the more correct translation) (original Norwegian title: Et dukkehjem) is an 1879 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ... Ibsen redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Romeo and Juliet in the famous balcony scene by Ford Madox Brown For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

Barrymore playing the male character Carrots in a play of the same name, 1902
Barrymore playing the male character Carrots in a play of the same name, 1902

She was also a strong supporter of the Actors' Equity Association and had a high-profile role in the 1919 strike. In 1926, she scored one of her greatest successes as the sophisticated spouse of a philandering husband in W. Somerset Maugham's comedy, The Constant Wife. In July 1934 she starred in the play Laura Garnett, by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, at Dobbs Ferry, New York State. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Actors Equity Association (commonly simply Equity) is the trade union of American theatrical performers and stage managers. ... W. Somerset Maugham as photographed in 1934 by Carl Van Vechten. ... The Constant Wife, a parlor comedy play, was written by W. Somerset Maugham in 1927. ... Leslie Stokes was an English playwright and BBC radio producer and director. ... Sewell Stokes (November 16, 1902 London - November 2, 1979 London) was an English novelist, biographer, playwright, and screenwriter. ... Dobbs Ferry is a village located in Westchester County, New York. ...


She made her first motion picture in 1914 and in the 1940s, she moved to Hollywood, California and started working in motion pictures. The only two films that featured Ethel with her two brothers, John and Lionel, were National Red Cross Pageant(1917) & Rasputin and the Empress (1932). See also: 1913 in film 1914 1915 in film years in film film Events The 3,300-seat Strand Theater opens in New York City. ... See also: 1939 in film 1940 1941 in film 1940s in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Walt Disneys animated film Pinocchio is released. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ...


She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1944 film None but the Lonely Heart opposite Cary Grant, but made plain that she was not overly impressed by it. On March 22, 2007, her Oscar was offered for sale on eBay. She made such other classic films as The Spiral Staircase (1946), a wonderful thriller directed by Robert Siodmak, Pinky (1949), and Kind Lady (1951). Her last film apparance was in Johnny Trouble (1957). She also made a number of television appearances in the 1950s. Her later roles were usually that of a kindly but sophisticated, and wise, older woman. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ... // July 20 - Since You Went Away is released. ... None but the Lonely Heart is a 1944 film which tells the story of a Cockney lad who returns home with no ambitions, but finds that his family needs him. ... Archibald Alec Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), better known by his screen name, Cary Grant, was a British born, American film actor. ... eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ... Dorothy McGuire and Kent Smith in The Spiral Staircase The Spiral Staircase is a Hollywood thriller from 1946 directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Dorothy McGuire, Kent Smith, George Brent, Rhonda Fleming, Elsa Lanchester, and Ethel Barrymore. ... Robert Siodmak (August 8, 1900 - March 10, 1973) was a film director born in Memphis, Tennessee (sometimes his birthplace is stated as Dresden, Germany). ... Pinky is a 1949 film which tells the story of a young lightskinned African American woman passing as white, who becomes torn between the needs of her grandmother and the love of a white doctor. ...


Private life

Ethel Barrymore by Carl Van Vechten (December 12, 1937)
Ethel Barrymore by Carl Van Vechten (December 12, 1937)

Winston Churchill proposed to her but she turned him down. Ethel married Russell Griswold Colt on March 14, 1909; they divorced in 1923. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 481 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1069 × 1333 pixel, file size: 172 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) de: Lizenzhinweis: Die Nutzung der Bilder wurde auf der Projektseite Fragen zum Urheberrecht dahingehend geklärt, dass die Verwendung der {PD-Van Vechten}-Bilder in... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 481 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1069 × 1333 pixel, file size: 172 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) de: Lizenzhinweis: Die Nutzung der Bilder wurde auf der Projektseite Fragen zum Urheberrecht dahingehend geklärt, dass die Verwendung der {PD-Van Vechten}-Bilder in... Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, soldier in the British Army, orator, and strategist, and is studied as part of the modern British and world history. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Being a devout Roman Catholic, she didn't remarry. She was involved romantically with men from time to time, but never remarried. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...


She had 3 children by Colt, including Ethel Barrymore Miglietta, who appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies". Both of Ethel's sons, Samuel and John Drew Colt, also tried their hand at acting. Note on spelling: While most Americans use er (as per American spelling conventions), the majority of venues, performers and trade groups for live theatre use re. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Ethel died from heart disease in 1959 at her home in Hollywood, California two months shy of her 80th birthday. She is interred in the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles. Cardiovascular disease refers to the class of diseases that involve the heart and/or blood vessels (arteries and veins). ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... The Calvary Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery operated by the Los Angeles Archdiocese, located at 4201 E. Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, California. ...


The Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City is named after her. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

Awards
Preceded by
Katina Paxinou
for For Whom the Bell Tolls
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1944
for None But the Lonely Heart
Succeeded by
Anne Revere
for National Velvet

Katina Paxinou (17 December 1900 - 22 February 1973) was an Academy Award-winning Greek film and theatre actress. ... For Whom the Bell Tolls is a 1940 novel by Ernest Hemingway. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... None but the Lonely Heart is a 1944 film which tells the story of a Cockney lad who returns home with no ambitions, but finds that his family needs him. ... Anne Revere Anne Revere (June 25, 1903–December 18, 1990) was an Academy Award-winning American film actress. ... National Velvet is a novel by Enid Bagnold, first published in 1935. ...

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