Ethel Barrymore

08/15/1879 - 06/18/1959

Ethel Barrymore was born in Philadelphia to the famous Drew and Barrymore acting families. Barrymore, however, at first wanted to pursue a career as a pianist, but as she reached her teen years she chose to join the "family business" as an easier way to gain income. Her first performance was at the age of 14 in the role of Julia in "The Rivals." Her big acting break came in 1901 when she was cast as the leading lady, Madame Trentoni, in "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines." Seattle theatre goers would see Barrymore perform this role in 1907. Barrymore was known for a voice that captivated audience to the point that not a cough could be heard in the theatre.
Later in her career, Barrymore tried to launch a career in the film industry but she returned to the stage in the 1920s and 1930s.

Gender: 
Female
Cultural Identity: 
Notable Roles: 
Madame Trentoni in "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines"
Sister Garcia in "The Kingdom of God"
Lady Teazle in "The School for Scandal"
Miss Moffat in "The Corn is Green"
Sources: 
Special to The New,York Times. "Ethel Barrymore is Dead at 79; One of Stage's 'Royal Family'." New York Times (1923-Current file): 1. Jun 19 1959. ProQuest. Web. 3 Mar. 2015 . Flom, Eric L. Silent Film on the Stages of Seattle: A History of Performances by Hollywood Notables. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009. Print. Alpert, Hollis. The Barrymores, New York: Dial Press, 1964. Peters, Margot. The House of Barrymore. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.