Ethel Barrymore

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Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Mae Blythe
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Barrymore, Ethel

(1879–1959) stage and film actress; born in Philadelphia. Daughter of Maurice Barrymore and a member of the famous family of actors, she had her first success in Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (1901), and made some early silent films. In 1944 she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in None But the Lonely Heart. She was admired for her portrayal of lovable eccentrics.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.