John  Barrymore

John Barrymore

Male 1882 - 1942  (60 years)    Has 6 ancestors and 5 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Barrymore 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 14 Feb 1882  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 May 1942  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I372793  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 

    Father Maurice Blyth,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Georgiana Emma Drew,   b. 11 Jul 1856,   d. 02 Jul 1893  (Age 36 years) 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Family ID F147751  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Katherine Corri Harris,   b. Abt 1893,   d. 2 May 1927, New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 1916 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Blanche Oelrichs,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 5 Aug 1920 
    Divorced May 1925 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147754  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary Astor,   b. 3 May 1906, Quincy, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1987, Woodland Hills, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1924 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147747  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Dolores Costello,   b. 17 Sep 1903, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1979, Fallbrook, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1928 
    Divorced 1935 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147755  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Elaine Barriere,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1936 
    Divorced 1941 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood.
      John was handsome and roguish. He made his stage debut at 18 in one of his father's productions, but was much more interested in becoming an artist. Briefly educated at King's College, Wimbledon, and at New York's Art Students League, Barrymore worked as a freelance artist and for a while sketched for the New York Evening Journal. Gradually, though, the draw of his family's profession ensnared him and by 1905 he had given up professional drawing and was touring the country in plays. He survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and in 1909 became a major Broadway star in "The Fortune Hunter." In 1922, Barrymore became his generation's most acclaimed Hamlet, in New York and London. But by this time he had become a frequent player in motion pictures. His screen debut supposedly came in American Citizen, An (1914), though records of several lost films indicate he may have made appearances as far back as 1912. He became every bit the star of films that he was on stage, eclipsing his siblings in both arenas. Though his striking matinee-idol looks had garnered him the nickname "The Great Profile, " he often buried them under makeup or distortion in order to create memorable characters of degradation or horror. He was a romantic leading man into the early days of sound films, but his heavy drinking (since boyhood) began to take a toll, and he degenerated quickly into a man old before his time. He made a number of memorable appearances in character roles, but these became over time more memorable for the humiliation of a once-great star than for his gifts. His last few films were broad and distasteful caricatures of himself, though in even the worst, such as Playmates (1941), he could rouse himself to a moving soliloquy from Hamlet. He died in 1942, mourned as much for the loss of his life as for the loss of grace, wit, and brilliance which had characterized his career at its height.
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