Ethel Barrymore
Actress
Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors.
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Ethel Barrymore's personal information overview.
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THE NEW SEASON; Outlaws, Kings and Comedy
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Dates are subject to change. For more listings: nytimes.com/theater. SEPTEMBER ARIAS WITH A TWIST Drag show, puppet show, fantastical surreal experience — call it what you will. The collaboration between the downtown drag chanteuse Joey Arias and the master puppet maker Basil Twist, which enthralled audiences and critics in 2008, is back. Mr.
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1552 Broadway changes hands - New York Post
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The historic, four-story I. Miller Shoe Building is landmarked to preserve statues of actresses Ethel Barrymore, Marilyn Miller, Mary Pickford and Rosa Ponselle in niches on the second floor, but an addition can be constructed on top
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Big Bang's Jim Parsons nabs Gramercy Park condo at a discount - The Real Deal New York (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The landmarked building, constructed in 1908, was famously home to John Barrymore (Drew Barrymore's grandfather), Ethel Barrymore and Alfred Ringling of Ringling Brothers Circus. The home was initially listed for $2.28 million last summer,
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Andrew Garfield is Heading to Broadway - Shalom Life
Google News - over 5 years
According to reports, the show will open in the spring at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. The 27-year-old star isn't the only actor from The Social Network who's hitting the stage; Jesse Eisenberg (who starred as Mark Zuckerberg) will be
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Photo Coverage: Tommy Tune 'Steps in Time' at The Colonial Theatre - Broadway World
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George M Cohan, Al Jolson, Will Rogers, John & Ethel Barrymore & Sarah Bernhardt have all walked out on the stage of the famed Colonial Theatre and excited, entertained and thrilled Berkshire audiences. Broadway legend Tommy Tune did the same last
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John Wood, Actor Known for Nimbleness, Dies at 81 - New York Times
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In that play, a Royal Shakespeare Company production that opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in 1975, the aging Carr recalls his encounters with Lenin, James Joyce and the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara. Mr. Stoppard had written the part of Carr — a
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Tom Aldredge, 83, Longtime Character Actor
NYTimes - over 5 years
Tom Aldredge, an Emmy-winning actor who for five decades was ubiquitous on stage and screen, seen in everything from Sondheim to ''The Sopranos,'' died on Friday in Tampa, Fla. He was 83. The cause was lymphoma, his manager, Matthew Sullivan, said. A lean, beaky Midwesterner, Mr. Aldredge seemed to have stepped out of a Grant Wood painting. It was
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Making A Case For Menotti - NPR (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The fact that the The Consul opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway (in 1949) is important. It was an opera that was both a Broadway hit and a Pulitzer Prize winner. "Menotti thought it was crucial to bring opera to a large popular audience
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Remembering director James Bridges - Los Angeles Times
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During that time he was cast in a supporting role in the 1957 drama "Johnny Trouble," with Ethel Barrymore and Stuart Whitman. Making his feature debut in the film was Bridges, then a young actor from Arkansas. Both their acting careers ended shortly
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Playhouse Celebrates 80th Birthday - Patch.com
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On Tuesday morning Artistic Director Mark Lamos and Managing Director Michael Ross saluted the 80 th birthday of the venerable Playhouse that drew legendary talents of stage and screen — Ethel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Paul Robeson and Bert Lahr,
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Summer Movie Club - Columbia Journalism Review (blog)
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Humphrey Bogart, Kim Hunter, Ethel Barrymore. Bogart looks endlessly romantic as the crusading editor who functions like a reporter and never seems to sit down or take his trenchcoat off, even indoors. But boy, does it have the right values!
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DANCE REVIEW; A Vision Glimpsed Through the Window, And Its Consequences
NYTimes - over 5 years
See what's outside! Last weekend you could go from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition ''Rooms With a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century'' to two theatrical depictions of (sometimes open) windows in the 19th century: Tom Stoppard's play ''Arcadia'' and August Bournonville's ballet ''La Sylphide.'' The recent revival of ''Arcadia'' at
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A Vision Glimpsed Through the Window, and Its Consequences - New York Times
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The recent revival of “Arcadia” at the Ethel Barrymore Theater closed on Sunday; from Friday to Sunday the Royal Danish Ballet gave four performances of “La Sylphide” at the David H. Koch Theater. The latest on the arts, coverage of live events,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ethel Barrymore
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 79
    Ethel Barrymore died of cardiovascular disease in 1959, at her home in Hollywood, California, after having lived for many years with a heart condition.
    More Details Hide Details She was less than two months shy of her 80th birthday. She was entombed at Calvary Cemetery. The Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City is named for her. Ethel Barrymore is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, along with her brothers, John and Lionel.
  • 1956
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately none of the episodes were preserved on kinescope. A 1952 appearance on What's My Line? survives, however, in addition to several radio broadcasts. Barrymore appeared in the Academy Award nominated film Pinky (1949), for which she was awarded an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 1951
    Age 71
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 64
    Barrymore starred in Miss Hattie, described as "a short-lived situation comedy," on ABC in 1944-1945.
    More Details Hide Details In one episode, Barrymore's character was "asked by Rob Thompson to direct a play which the workers of his war plant are presenting in order to raise money for war bonds."
  • FORTIES
  • 1928
    Age 48
    In the romantic time-travel film, Somewhere in Time (1980), a photo of Barrymore wearing nun's habit from her 1928 play The Kingdom of God can be seen.
    More Details Hide Details Christopher Reeve plays a journalist rummaging through old theater albums at a large Michigan hotel. He uncovers the photos of Barrymore in the play and childhood photos of actresses Blanche Ring and Rose Stahl. Winston Churchill was among many of Barrymore's new friends in England. Churchill reportedly proposed to her in 1900; however, Barrymore mentions no such thing in her autobiography, Memories. She had, at the age of 19, while on tour in England, been rumored to be engaged to the Duke of Manchester, actor Gerald du Maurier, writer Richard Harding Davis and the aforementioned Churchill. Upon her engagement to Laurence Irving, son of Sir Henry Irving, an old friend of Mrs. John Drew, she cabled her father Maurice who responded with a cable "Congratulations!". When she broke up with Irving she cabled Maurice who wired back "Congratulations!".
    In 1928, the Shuberts opened the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, which operates under that name to the present day.
    More Details Hide Details Barrymore appeared in her first motion picture, The Nightingale, in 1914. Members of her family were already in pictures; uncle Sidney Drew, his wife Gladys Rankin and Lionel had entered films in 1911 and John made his first feature in 1913 after having debuted in Lubin short films in 1912. She made 15 silent pictures between 1914 and 1919, most of them for the Metro Pictures studio. Most of these pictures were made on the East Coast, as her Broadway career and children came first. A few of her silent films have survived for example one reel from The Awakening of Helena Richie (1916) which survives at the Library of Congress and The Call of Her People (1917) held at George Eastman House. In the 1940s, she moved to Hollywood. As children she and her brothers put on amateur or home made plays together often with Lionel the hero and John the villain, Ethel of course being the heroine. The only two films that featured all three siblings—Ethel, John and Lionel—were National Red Cross Pageant (1917) and Rasputin and the Empress (1932). The former film is now considered a lost film.
  • 1923
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A devout Catholic, Ethel Barrymore never remarried.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1919
    Age 39
    Barrymore was a baseball and boxing fan. Her admiration for boxing ended when she witnessed as a spectator the brutality of the July 4, 1919, Dempsey/Willard fight in which Dempsey broke Willard's jaw and knocked out several of his teeth.
    More Details Hide Details Ethel vowed never to attend another boxing match though she would later watch boxing on television.
    She was also a strong supporter of the Actors' Equity Association and had a high-profile role in the 1919 strike.
    More Details Hide Details In 1926, she scored one of her greatest successes as the sophisticated spouse of a philandering husband in W. Somerset Maugham's comedy, The Constant Wife. She starred in Rasputin and the Empress (1932), with John and Lionel Barrymore, playing the Czarina married to Czar Nicholas. In July 1934, she starred in the play Laura Garnett, by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, at Dobbs Ferry, New York. After she became a stage star, she would often dismiss adoring audiences who kept demanding curtain calls by saying "That's all there is—there isn't any more!" This became a popular catch phrase in the 1920s and 1930s. Many references to it can be found in the media of the period, including the Laurel and Hardy 1933 film Sons of the Desert, and Arthur Train's 1930 Wall Street Crash novel Paper Profits. Actor Kevin Spacey delivers the line in the film Beyond the Sea, in the song The Curtain Falls, when portraying the singer, Bobby Darin, concluding his stage act.
  • 1911
    Age 31
    Barrymore's marriage to Colt was precarious from the start, with Barrymore filing divorce papers as early in the marriage as 1911, much to Colt's surprise, and later recanted by Barrymore as a misunderstanding by the press.
    More Details Hide Details At least one source, a servant, alleged that Colt abused her and also that he fathered a child with another woman while married to Barrymore.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had three children: Samuel Colt (1909–1986) a Hollywood agent; actress/singer Ethel Barrymore Colt (1912–1977), who appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's Follies; and John Drew Colt (1913–1975) who became an actor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1909
    Age 29
    Ethel Barrymore married Russell Griswold Colt (1882–1960), grandnephew of American arms maker Samuel Colt (1814–1862), on March 14, 1909.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had been introduced, according to Barrymore's autobiography, when Colt had strolled by the table where she was having lunch with her uncle, actor John (Uncle Jack) Drew, in Sherry's Restaurant in New York.
  • 1901
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unbeknownst to Ethel, her father Maurice had witnessed the performance as an audience member and walked up to his daughter, congratulated her and gave her a big hug. It was the first and only time he saw her on stage. When the tour concluded in Boston in June, she had out-drawn two of the most prominent actresses of her day, Mrs. Patrick Campbell and Minnie Maddern Fiske. Following her triumph in Captain Jinks, Ethel gave sterling performances in many top-rate productions, and it was in Thomas Raceward's Sunday that she uttered what would be her most famous line, "That's all there is, there isn't any more." Ethel portrayed Nora in A Doll's House by Ibsen (1905), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare (1922).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1896
    Age 16
    She appeared with Drew and Adams again in 1896 in Rosemary.
    More Details Hide Details In 1897 Ethel went with William Gillette to London to play Miss Kittridge in Gillette's Secret Service. She was about to return to the States with Gillette's troupe when Henry Irving and Ellen Terry offered her the role of Annette in The Bells. A full London tour was on and, before it was over, Ethel created, on New Years Day 1898, Euphrosine in Peter the Great at the Lyceum, the play having been written by Irving's son, Laurence. Men everywhere were smitten with Ethel, most notably young Winston Churchill, who asked her to marry him. Not wishing to be a politician's wife, she refused. Winston, several years later, married Clementine Hozier, a ravishing beauty who looked very much like Ethel, but Winston and Ethel remained friends until the end of her life. Their “romance” was their own little secret until his son let the cat out of the bag 63 years after it happened.
  • 1895
    Age 15
    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.
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  • 1893
    Age 13
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Georgie did not recover and died in July 1893 a week before her 37th birthday. Essentially Ethel and Lionel's childhood ended when Georgie died and they were forced to go to work still in their teens. John, a few years younger, stayed with their grandmother and other relatives.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1886
    Age 6
    Returning to the U.S. in 1886 her father took her to her first baseball game.
    More Details Hide Details She established a lifelong love of baseball and wanted to be a concert pianist. The two years in England were the happiest of her childhood years no doubt due to the fact that the Barrymores were more of a nuclear family in London than at any other time when in the United States.
  • 1884
    Age 4
    In 1884 she, her parents and brothers sailed to England and stayed two years.
    More Details Hide Details Maurice had inherited a substantial amount of money from an aunt and decided to exhibit a play and star in some plays at London's Haymarket Theatre. Ethel recalled being frightened on first meeting Oscar Wilde when handing him some cakes and later being reprimanded by her parents for showing fear of Wilde.
  • 1879
    Born
    Born on August 15, 1879.
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