Ethel BARRYMORE (1879-1959) * AFI Top Actress nominee > Active 1895–57 > Born Ethel Mae Blythe 15 Aug 1879 Pennsylvania > Died 18 Jun 1959 (aged 79) California, cardiovascular disease > Spouse: Russel Griswold Colt (1909-23 div) > Children 3. Allegedly Colt abused her and fathered a child with another woman. Ethel sought no alimony, just that their children be entailed in his will. A devout Catholic, she never remarried. Sister of Lionel & John Barrymore.
"I can remember when nobody believed an actor and didn't care what he believed. Why, the fact that he was an actor made everything he said open to question, because acting was thought to be a vocation embraced exclusively by scatter-brains, wastrels and scamps. I don't believed that's true today and I don't think that it ever was." -Lionel Barrymore