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.

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.

Stars in the play, Mid-Channel.

Trelawny of the “Wells”.

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

Ethel makes her film debut in The Nightingale.

Stars in the play, Déclassée.

July 6, 1923
Ethel and Russell divorce.

Stars in the play, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.

Stars in the play, The Constant Wife.

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

Stars in the play, Scarlet Sister Mary.

Stars in the play, Whiteoaks.

Stars in the play, The Corn Is Green.

Stars in None but the Lonely Heart.

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

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

Ethel stars with brother Lionel in Main Street to Broadway.

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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