ETHEL BARRYMORE AUTOGRAPH
Ethel Barrymore was born August 15, 1879 – died June 18, 1959. Barrymore was an Academy Award-winning American actress and a member of the famous Barrymore family. Ethel Barrymore was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second child of the actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. She spent her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Catholic schools while there. Ethel Barrymore was highly regarded as a charming and charismatic stage actress in New York City and a major Broadway performer. Her first appearance in Broadway was in 1901, in a play called Captain Jinks of the Horses Marines. She was a great Nora in A Doll’s House by Ibsen (1905), and a passionate Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare (1922). She was also a strong supporter of the Actors’ Equity Association and had a high-profile role in the 1919 strike. In 1926, she scored one of her greatest successes as the sophisticated spouse of a philandering husband in W. Somerset Maugham’s comedy, The Constant Wife. In July 1934 she starred in the play Laura Garnett, by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, at Dobbs Ferry, New York State. She made her first motion picture in 1914 and in the 1940s, she moved to Hollywood, California and started working in motion pictures. The only two films that featured Ethel with her two brothers, John and Lionel, were National Red Cross Pageant(1917) & Rasputin and the Empress (1932). She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1944 film None but the Lonely Heart opposite Cary Grant, but made plain that she was not overly impressed by it. On March 22, 2007, her Oscar was offered for sale on eBay. She made such other classic films as The Spiral Staircase (1946), a wonderful thriller directed by Robert Siodmak, Pinky (1949), and Kind Lady (1951). Her last film appearance was in Johnny Trouble (1957). She also made a number of television appearances in the 1950s. Her later roles were usually that of a kindly but sophisticated, and wise, older woman. She was the sister of actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore, the aunt of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the great-aunt of actress/producer Drew Barrymore.
Original Ethel Barrymore Autograph, Signed on 3 x 5 Card. Dated 1933. Regular Price – $ 485.00 Sale Price – $ 298.95.
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