Ethel Barrymore

Born Aug 15, 1879

Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors.

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1879 Birth Born on August 15, 1879.
1884 4 Years Old In 1884 she, her parents and brothers sailed to England and stayed two years. … Read More
1886 6 Years Old Returning to the U.S. in 1886 her father took her to her first baseball game. … Read More


1893 13 Years Old In the summer of 1893 Barrymore was in the company of her mother, Georgie, who had been ailing from tuberculosis and took a sabbatical for a cure to southern California at Santa Barbara not far from where family friend Helena Modjeska had a retreat. … Read More
1895 15 Years Old Barrymore's first appearance on Broadway was in 1895, in a play called The Imprudent Young Couple which starred her uncle John Drew, Jr., and Maude Adams.
1896 16 Years Old She appeared with Drew and Adams again in 1896 in Rosemary. … Read More


1901 21 Years Old After her big season in London, Ethel returned to the United States. Charles Frohman cast her first in Catherine and then as Stella de Grex in His Excellency the Governor. After that, Frohman finally gave Ethel the role that would make her a star: Madame Trentoni in Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, which opened at the Garrick Theatre on February 4, 1901. … Read More
1909 29 Years Old Ethel Barrymore married Russell Griswold Colt (1882–1960), grandnephew of American arms maker Samuel Colt (1814–1862), on March 14, 1909. … Read More


1911 31 Years Old 1 More Event
A New York Times article of 1911, when Barrymore first took preliminary divorce measures against Colt, states that Colt had been introduced to Barrymore by her brother John Barrymore some years before while Colt was still a student at Yale. … Read More
1919 39 Years Old 1 More Event
She was also a strong supporter of the Actors' Equity Association and had a high-profile role in the 1919 strike. … Read More


1923 43 Years Old They divorced in 1923 and she did not seek alimony from Colt for herself, which was her right but she demanded that his entailed wealth provide for their children. … Read More
1928 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1928, the Shuberts opened the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, which operates under that name to the present day. … Read More


1944 64 Years Old Barrymore starred in Miss Hattie, described as "a short-lived situation comedy," on ABC in 1944-1945. … Read More
1951 71 Years Old Barrymore also made a number of television appearances in the 1950s, including one memorable encounter with comedian Jimmy Durante on NBC's All Star Revue on December 1, 1951, which is preserved on a kinescope.
1956 76 Years Old In 1956, she hosted 14 episodes of a TV series Ethel Barrymore Theatre, produced by the DuMont Television Network and presented on the DuMont flagship station WABD just as the network was folding. … Read More
1959 80 Years Old Ethel Barrymore died of cardiovascular disease in 1959, at her home in Hollywood, California, after having lived for many years with a heart condition. … Read More
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