Barrymore family

The Barrymore family is an American acting family.

Official nameBarrymores, The
DesignatedOctober 01, 1996[1]
LocationNW corner, N 6th & Arch Sts., Philadelphia
39.95279°N 75.15013°W / 39.95279; -75.15013
Marker TextThree famous actors, Philadelphia-born, were the third generation of this "Royal Family of the American Stage." Lionel (1878-1954), Ethel (1879-1959), and John (1882-1942) performed on stage, screen, radio. Their grandparents, the Drews, managed the Arch St. Theatre here.

The Barrymores are also the inspiration of a Broadway play called The Royal Family, which debuted in 1927. There are many members of the Barrymore family that are not mentioned in this article

List of members

  1. William Edward Blythe (1818–1873), married Matilda Chamberlayne (1822-1849), they had seven children
  2. Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe (aka Maurice Barrymore (1849–1905))
  3. ∞ married Georgiana Emma Drew, and had three children: Lionel, Ethel, and John.
    1. Lionel Barrymore (1878–1954)
      1. ∞ Married Doris Rankin (first wife), and had two daughters. Marriage ended in divorce.
        1. Mary Barrymore (died in infancy, 2 years old)
        2. Ethel Barrymore II (died in infancy).
      2. ∞ Married to Irene Fenwick (second wife, until her death)
    2. Ethel Barrymore (1879–1959)
      1. ∞ Married Russell Griswold Colt, and had three children. Ethel's children also acted, primarily on the stage.
        1. Samuel Peabody Colt
        2. John Drew Colt
        3. Ethel Barrymore Colt.
          1. ∞ Married John Romeo Miglietta, and had John Drew Miglietta (born 10 September 1946)
    3. John Barrymore (1882–1942)
      1. ∞ Married to Katherine Corri Harris (first wife, divorced)
      2. ∞ Married Blanche Oelrichs (second wife, divorced), and had:
        1. Diana Blanche Barrymore
          1. ∞ Married Bramwell Fletcher
          2. ∞ Married John R. Howard
          3. ∞ Married Robert Wilcox
      3. ∞ Married Dolores Costello (third wife, divorced), and had:
        1. Dolores Ethel Mae Barrymore (living).
          1. ∞ Married Thomas Fairbanks (first husband, divorced), and had:
            1. Hillary Klaradru Fairbanks (living),
              1. ∞ married Thomas Randolph and had:
                1. Isabelle Harrison Barrymore Randolph
                2. Anthony John Barrymore Fairbanks
                  1. ∞ married Dianne Zaninovich and had:
                    1. Samantha Mae Barrymore Fairbanks.
          2. ∞ Married Lew Bedell (second husband) and had:
            1. Dore Lewis Bedell
            2. Stephanie Mae Bedell
        2. John Drew Barrymore (Jr.) (1932–2004)
          1. ∞ Married Cara Williams (first wife, divorced)
            1. John Blyth Barrymore
              1. ∞ Married Rebecca Pogrow
                1. Blyth Lane Barrymore
                2. Sabrina Brooke Barrymore
              2. ∞ Married Jacqueline Manes
                1. John Blyth Barrymore IV
          2. ∞ Married Gabriella Palazzoli (second wife, divorced)
            1. Blyth Dolores Barrymore. ∞ Married Antonio Gioffredi
              1. Gabriella Gioffredi
              2. Nicole Gioffredi
          3. ∞ Married Nina Wayne (third wife, divorced)
            1. Jessica Barrymore (died 2014, accidental overdose)[2]
          4. ∞ Married Ildiko Jaid (fourth wife, divorced)
            1. Drew Barrymore (b. 1975)
              1. ∞ Married Jeremy Thomas (first husband, divorced)
              2. ∞ Married Tom Green (second husband, divorced)
              3. ∞ Married Will Kopelman (third husband, divorced)
                1. Olive Barrymore Kopelman
                2. Frankie Barrymore Kopelman
      4. ∞ Married to Elaine Barrie née Jacobs. (fourth wife of John Barrymore Sr., divorced)

Except for John Drew Barrymore, Diana, Drew, and John Blyth, none of the other members of John Barrymore's family have yet entered the entertainment industry. Most of the spouses however were related to the artistic world, mainly actresses and actors.

Drew family

The family of Georgiana Emma Drew, mother of Lionel, Ethel, and John, also includes a large number of actors.

  1. John Drew, actor
  2. Louisa Lane Drew, actress
    1. Georgiana Emma Drew, ∞ wife of Maurice Barrymore and mother of Lionel, Ethel, and John.
    2. John Drew Jr., 'Uncle Jack' by the Barrymore siblings, married actress Josephine Baker 'Aunt Dodo', daughter of his mother's best friend.
      1. Louise Drew, 'Cousin Bee', ∞ married performer Jack Devereaux; their son John Drew Devereaux(1918-1995) was a Broadway stage manager
    3. Sidney Drew (paternity debatable), known for the Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew comedy act. Married to first wife Gladys Rankin 1890-1914 her death. Wife two was Lucille McVey 1914 to his death in 1919.
      1. Sidney Rankin Drew, son of Sidney Drew and Gladys Rankin, left his acting career to join the Lafayette Escadrille, and was killed in action
    4. Louisa Drew (1851–1888), called 'Aunt Wisa' by the Barrymores, moved to Boston, married manager Charles Mendum(1849-1945), had two or ?three children, one of which was ( of Louisa appears in October 1937 Etsy Magazine layout on the family.)
      1. Georgie Drew Mendum (1875–1957), married and divorced from a comedian named George Parsons,(married 1903, divorced 1912). Sometimes stayed at the Mamaroneck home of her cousin Ethel Barrymore.
  3. Frank Drew (1831–1903), brother of John Drew Sr. (Photo of him appears in October 1937 Etsy Magazine layout on the family)

Family tree

John Romero Miglietta
John Drew Miglietta
Russell Griswold ColtEthel Barrymore Colt
John Drew Colt
Ethel BarrymoreSamuel Peabody Colt
Maurice BarrymoreIrene Fenwick
Lionel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore II
Georgiana Drew
Mary Barrymore
William Edward BlytheDoris Rankin
Katherine Corri HarrisJohn R. Howard
Michael StrangeBramwell Fletcher
Diana BarrymoreDianne Zaninovich
Samantha Mae Barrymore Fairbanks
John BarrymoreRobert WilcoxThomas Randolph
Anthony John Barrymore Fairbanks
Thomas Fairbanks
Isabelle Harrison Barrymore Randolph
Hillary Klaradru Fairbanks
Dolores Ethel Mae Barrymore
Dore Lewis Bedell
Stephanie Mae Bedell
Lew Bedell
Dolores CostelloNina Wayne
Elaine BarrieJessica Barrymore
John Drew BarrymoreAntonio GioffrediGabriella Gioffredi
Blyth Dolores BarrymoreNicole Gioffredi
Gabriella PalazzoliJeremy Thomas
Drew BarrymoreOlive Barrymore Kopelman
Ildiko Jaid
Will KopelmanFrankie Barrymore Kopelman
Tom Green
Jacqueline Manes
John Blyth Barrymore IV
John Blyth Barrymore
Blyth Lane Barrymore
Cara WilliamsRebecca PogrowSabrina Brooke Barrymore


  1. "Pennsylvania Historical Marker Search". PHMC. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  2. Gabrielle Olya (August 27, 2014). "Jessica Barrymore Accidental Overdose: Drew Barrymore's Half Sister Jessica Barrymore's Death Ruled Accidental". People Magazine. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
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