Barrymore, Georgiana

Barrymore, Georgiana

▪ American actress
née  Georgiana Emma Drew  
born July 11, 1854, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.
died July 2, 1893, Santa Barbara, Calif.

      actress and, with Maurice Barrymore, founder of the famous stage and screen family Barrymore, which occupied a preeminent position in American theatre in the first half of the 20th century.

      Georgiana Drew was the daughter of John Drew and Louisa Lane Drew, both distinguished actors, and the younger sister of John Drew, Jr., later also a great star. She made her theatrical debut in 1872 in The Ladies' Rattle at Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre, under her mother's management. In 1875 she followed her brother to join Augustin Daly's repertory company in New York City. She made her debut there in Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Money. Over the next year she appeared in several plays, including As You Like It and Pique. She performed in Pique with a young English actor, Maurice Barrymore (originally Herbert Blythe), whom she married in 1876.

      Noted for her vivacity, quick wit, and comic sense, Georgiana Barrymore over the next several years appeared in support of such stars as Lawrence Barrett, Edwin Booth, John McCullough, and in particular Helena Modjeska, with whom she formed a close friendship. More notably, perhaps, she bore three children destined also for the stage: Lionel (1878–1954), Ethel (1879–1959), and John (1882–1942). Her greatest stage success was a comic role opposite W.H. Crane in The Senator, which opened in January 1890 and in which she appeared for nearly two years, until ill health forced her to leave the cast in December 1891. Ill health also cut short a San Francisco season with Charles Frohman's company in 1892. In February the following year she made her final stage appearance in New York City. In May she traveled to Santa Barbara, California, to convalesce, but she died there in July.

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