The Barrymore Family

By | May 2, 2011

Georgiana Drew (July 11, 1856 – July 2, 1893)
She was the daughter of actors John Drew and Louisa Lane Drew. She made her theatrical debut in 1872, in the play The Ladies’ Rattle. She acted in many Broadway’s hits, like As You Like It and Pique. In 1876 she married Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth, who was acting under the name of Maurice Barrymore. They had three children Lionel, John and Ethel Barrymore.

Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954)
He was born Lionel Blythe, the eldest of the Barrymore children. Lionel was the most reluctant to accept acting as a profession. From early youth he was interested in art. He started his stage career in the early 1900s. After many years spent in Paris, in 1907 he came back to Broadway, where he established his reputation as dramatic actor. In 1924 he left Broadway for Hollywood.

Ethel Barrymore (August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959)
An Academy Award-winning American actress and a member of the famous Barrymore family. She was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second child of the actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. She made her first motion picture in 1914 and in the 1940s, she moved to Hollywood, California working in motion pictures.

John Barrymore (February 14 or 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942)
Born John Sidney Blythe. actor; Third child and second son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew Barrymore. He appeared in over 40 plays, 60 films, and 100 radio shows during his forty-year career, was perhaps the most influential and idolized actor of his day. Barrymore was renowned for his ability to flesh out underwritten roles with his charismatic charm and commanding presence. He was a hard drinking adventurer with a jaunty personality but a troubled personal life that probably cut his life short

John Drew Barrymore (June 4, 1929 – November 29, 2004)
Son of John Barrymore and Dolores Costello. Born John Blyth Barrymore, Jr, but in 1958 changed his name to John Drew Barrymore. In the 1960s, he was occasionally incarcerated due to drug activity, public drunkenness, and spousal abuse. Minor acting career in television in guest roles.

Drew Blyth Barrymore (February 22, 1975 -)
She is the daughter of John Drew Barrymore and Ildiko Jaid Mako. “Drew” was the maiden name of her great-grandmother, Georgiana Drew; “Blythe” was the original surname of the dynasty founded by her great-grandfather, Maurice Barrymore. Barrymore’s career began at the age of 11 months, when she appeared in a dog food commercial. She appeared in E.T. She had problems with substance abuse as a teen and into her 20’s, but have overcome the troubles and is now a leading actress and Hollywood producer.


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