Visnews filmed the Church of the Good Shepherd at Beverly Hills, Hollywood, June 22 as internationally known film stars attended the funeral service for Ethel Barrymore - leading lady of the American theatre.
Visnews filmed the Church of the Good Shepherd at Beverly Hills, Hollywood, June 22 as internationally known film stars attended the funeral service for Ethel Barrymore - leading lady of the American theatre. Members of her immediate family seen on film are her children Samuel Barrymore Colt, Mrs. Ethel Barrymore Colt Miglietta and John Drew Colt.
Ethel Barrymore died at her Beverly Hills home June 18 at the age of 79 after suffering for many years from arthritis and heart disease.
Her father Maurice Barrymore a matinee idol, her mother Georgiana Drew Barrymore a top comedian, Ethel could trace her lineage back to the strolling players of Elisabeth on England. For nearly sixty years she clung tenaciously to the footlights, unfaltering in her inborn love for the state even when her equally famous brothers John and Lionel fell for the magic of Hollywood.
Her vitality was unparalleled, so great in fact that she could still be a convincing Juliet at the age of 43 without eliciting acid remarks from her sharp-penned critics.
Ethel Barrymore commanded admiration in all quarters. Her contemporaries copied her manner of speech, the way she walked, even the proud tilt of her head. She became a star in an era when no star stayed put.
For the last 18 months she was virtually an invalid in her Beverly Hills home. Last of the "royal family of American theatre" - John died in 1942, Lionel three years later - she was still feared and revered as the caustic commentator who had once told Philadelphia clubwomen that they were moronic and who thought that "television was hell." Her visiting friends of the old days when she toured the country as a member of a one-night performance troupe and her admirers from the new Hollywood never heard a word of self-pity. Millions mourned when she died.