Ethel Barrymore

Ethel Barrymore

Posted on January 14, 2015

From her birth in Philadelphia in 1879 through her acting career to her death from heart disease in 1959, Ethel Barrymore lived a full life. Here’s our Ethel Barrymore timeline.

Aug. 15, 1879
Ethel Mae Blythe is born in Philadelphia to Maurice Barrymore and comedian Georgiana Drew. Her siblings are actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore. Her grandfather is stage star John Drew. She is great aunt to Drew Barrymore.

March 1905
Father Maurice Barrymore dies.

1905
Stars in the play Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire.

March 14, 1909
Marries stockbroker Russell Griswold Colt.

Nov. 28, 1909
Gives birth to Samuel Colt.

1910
Stars in the play, Mid-Channel.

1911
Trelawny of the “Wells”.

Sept. 9, 1913
Gives birth to John Drew Colt.

1914
Ethel makes her film debut in The Nightingale.

1919
Stars in the play, Déclassée.

July 6, 1923
Ethel and Russell divorce.

1924
Stars in the play, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.

1928
Stars in the play, The Constant Wife.

1930
Stars in Rasputin and the Empress with brothers John and Lionel Barrymore.

1931
Stars in the play, Scarlet Sister Mary.

1938
Stars in the play, Whiteoaks.

1942
Stars in the play, The Corn Is Green.

1944
Stars in None but the Lonely Heart.

1945
Wins an Academy Award for her role in None but the Lonely Heart.

1951
Accepts the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role on behalf of absent Judy Holliday.

1953
Ethel stars with brother Lionel in Main Street to Broadway.

1955
Ethel publishes her memoir, Memories, An Autobiography.

June 18, 1959
Ethel dies of heart disease at the age of 79. Her last words are: “Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.”

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