Ethel Barrymore


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Ethel Barrymore (August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors.

Ethel Barrymore was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, the second child of the actors Maurice Barrymore (whose real name was Herbert Blythe) and Georgiana Drew. Named after her father’s favorite character—Ethel in William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Newcomes—she ... more »

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  • ''I never let them cough. They wouldn't dare.''
    Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), Anglo-American actor. New York Post (June 7, 1956).
  • ''For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.''
    Ethel Barrymore (1897-1959), U.S. actor. Quoted in The Theatre in the Fifties, p. 30, George Jean Nathan (1953).
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