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Ethel Barrymore (1879–1959)

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... See full bio »

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Known For

Portrait of Jennie
Portrait of Jennie Miss Spinney
The Spiral Staircase
The Spiral Staircase Mrs. Warren
Pinky Miss Em


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 1957 Johnny Trouble
Katherine Chandler AKA Nana
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Prosper's Old Mother (1955) ... Mother
 1955 Svengali and the Blonde (TV Movie)
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Ethel Barrymore
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1953 The Story of Three Loves
Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (segment "Mademoiselle")
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
Mother Superior
- Mysterious Ways (1952) ... Mother Superior
 1952 Just for You
Alida De Bronkhart
 1952 Family Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A.
Margaret Garrison
 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
 1950 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series)
- Die Fledermaus (1950) ... Narrator
 1949 Pinky
Miss Em
 1949 That Midnight Kiss
Abigail Trent Budell
 1949 The Red Danube
Mother Superior ('Mother Auxilia')
 1948 Portrait of Jennie
Miss Spinney
 1948 Moonrise
 1947 Night Song
Miss Willey
 1947 Moss Rose
Lady Margaret Drego
 1944 None But the Lonely Heart
Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore)
 1926/II Camille (Short)
 1918 Our Mrs. McChesney
Emma McChesney
 1917 An American Widow
Elizabeth Carter
 1917 National Red Cross Pageant
Flanders / Belgium - Flemish & Final episodes
 1917 The Eternal Mother
 1917 Life's Whirlpool
Esther Carey
 1917 The Lifted Veil
Clorinda Gildersleeve
 1917 The Greatest Power
Miriam Monroe
 1917 The Call of Her People
 1916 The Awakening of Helena Ritchie
Helena Richie
 1916 The Kiss of Hate
Nadia Turgeneff
 1915 The Final Judgment
Jane Carleson - Mrs. Murray Campbell
 1914 The Nightingale
Isola Franti - 'The Nightingale'
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in the play, "Whiteoaks," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 8 Print Biographies | 19 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Ethel Barrymore


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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[About herself and her siblings] We became actors, not because we wanted to go on the stage but because it was the thing we could do best. See more »


Mother of Samuel Colt, Ethel Colt, and John Drew Colt. See more »



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