Ethel Barrymore (born Ethel Mae Blythe; August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Daughter of the actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. She was named for her father’s favorite character—Ethel in William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Newcomes. She was the sister of actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore, the aunt of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the grand-aunt of actress Drew Barrymore.
Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains perhaps best known for the role of the villainous Henry Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.
The great Academy Award winning actress and member of the esteemed Barrymore acting family, Ethel Barrymore was born today 8-15 in 1879. She worked on stage, in silent films before making the transition to talking films and appeared in a number of early 50s TV programs as well. She passed in 1959.
John Drew Barrymore (born John Blyth Barrymore; June 4, 1932 – November 29, 2004) was a member of the Barrymore family of actors, which included his father, John Barrymore, and his father's siblings, Lionel and Ethel. He was the father of four children, including John Blyth Barrymore and Drew Barrymore. Suffering from the same problems that had destroyed his father, John Drew became a derelict. Estranged from his family, including his children, his physical and mental health deteriorated