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Diana Barrymore (1921–1960)

"Too Much, Too Soon" was the story of Diana's life, and the title of her autobiography. Her father was stage and screen legend John Barrymore and her mother was Blanche Oelrichs (who wrote under the masculine pseudonym Michael Strange), who had just divorced Mr. Thomas and had 2 children (Leonard and Robin) from that marriage. Diana's parents got ... See full bio »

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Known For

Between Us Girls Caroline 'Carrie' Bishop
Nightmare Leslie Stafford aka Butch
Fired Wife Eve Starr


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (8 credits)
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Junior Hostess (uncredited)
 1944 Ladies Courageous
 1943 Fired Wife
Eve Starr
 1943 Frontier Badmen
 1942 Nightmare
Leslie Stafford aka Butch
 1942 Between Us Girls
Caroline 'Carrie' Bishop
 1942 Eagle Squadron
Anne Partridge
 1941 Manpower
Bit Part (uncredited)
Hide Hide Show Show Writer (1 credit)
 1958 Too Much, Too Soon (book)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (5 credits)
 1958 The Ben Hecht Show (TV Series)
Self - Author
- Episode #1.61 (1958) ... Self - Author
 1957 The Mike Wallace Interview (TV Series)
Self - Actress
- Diana Barrymore (1957) ... Self - Actress
 1951 The Steve Allen Show (TV Series)
 1949 The Eyes Have It (TV Series)
- Episode #1.16 (1949) ... Self
 1949 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Self - Actress
- Episode #2.23 (1949) ... Self - Actress
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)
 2002 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- The Barrymores (2002) ... Self

Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1958) She acted in Tennessee Williams' play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," in a Kenley Players production at the Packard Music Hall Theatre in Warren, Ohio. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Robert Wilcox  (his death) | See more »


Harry Davenport (aunt or uncle) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

On the "Barrymore Legacy": "Damn them for giving me nothing and taking it away before I had it! Damn mother for her grandness and her indifference and her disdain of me, and damn daddy for the crazy, mixed-up life he led and the daughter he never gave a damn for, and damn uncle Lionel for treating me like the boarding-school bitch I am, and damn aunt Ethel who doesn't even know I'm alive, and ... See more »


Her second husband was John R. Howard, a one-time top professional tennis player. The marriage quickly flared out of control in drunken fights and jail sentences. Split up within months, it took her three years to rid herself of the man who sponged off of her. He later was convicted on a charge of violating the Mann Act and participating in white slavery. See more »

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