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Eve may have tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit an "Apple," the title of Barrymores' required more berries.
The Barrymore Family died out in 1823 in England and Maurice Barrymore changed his name when he arrived in the USA. Click Here for British Barrymore Family members Wikipedia Genealogy
Sit Down With the Barrymore, Drew and Costello Family's and Visit.
Bruce Adamson meets Ethel Barrymore from Santa Monica on July 23, 2012. Ethel lives on 3rd and Washington about a block from Whitey Bulger used to live. Bulger was in same circles as BcA prior to his arrest. We know he worked for FBI as an assassin, yet what about the CIA? Click Here to meet Ethel.
100 Years Since the Great Earthquake of San Francicco -Eleven Years later John Barrymore acted as Saint Assisi.
Saint Francis Assisi is the man and saint whom the City of San Francisco was named after. In 1905 when John's father was dying, Maurice Barrymore said on his death bed, para-phrased "Don't go to San Francisco haven't you heard it has fallen into the sea." This was a year before the worst earthquake in U.S. History, as far as damage is concerned on April 18, 1906 at 5:12 am. Eighty percent of the homes were destroyed.
The worst earthquake that we know of was in 1811-12 as far as strength goes was "The New Madrid" earthquake in Missouri. All of the major shocks came on a Full Moon. One shaker lasted an hour and the famous artist of bird John Audobon was knocked to his feet.
The photograph above is John Barrymore as Saint Francis Assisi in 1917. This photograph was taken ten years before motion pictures would develope sound. John Barrymore was then a Saint! If you are interested in honoring the memory of Saint Francis' of Assisi and John Barrymore there is a store at the bottom of this page. A decade later John Barrymore would meet his wife Dolores Costello who starred in the film San Francisco. Yet, before he did he starred in the film Don Juan and the Chief Camera Engineer at Vitaphone was Bruce Adamson's grand-uncle Ernest Martin.
Click here to read the biography of Saint Francis Assisi.
----Click here to read more about John Drew Barrymore, Jr. who passed away Nov. 29, 2004--When I would visit John, Jr. he would enjoy feeding the birds on his balcony overlooking the hills on the other side of Latigo Canyon. Click on link to read more >>>>
This website is intended as a digital museum of sorts, where you can read about, see pictures of, and soon even hear these legends of the stage. Click on the buttons on the left for more detailed information about the Barrymore, Costello, and Drew families.
Mrs. John Barrymore - Doloros Costello was a real beauty and her father Maurice Costello was responsible for introducing Moe Howard into acting and thus later on The Three Stooges were created.
Photograph of Mrs. John Drew circa 1840s. Photography was invented in 1839. One of the first photographs of that era. Twenty years later she would act together with John Wilkes Booth as Lady Macbeth. Abraham Lincoln's favorite play was Macbeth. In March of 1865, John Wilkes Booth gave his final performance in the play as Duke Pescara in The Apostate, at Ford's Theatre. Caroline Shin has written that Louisa Drew also appeared by John Booth's side. Yet have been unable to locate cast for play or source. Interesting for I found that they were in Macbeth 1863 and assumed it was the only time they appeared together. Oh Well.
Mrs. John Drew who is the founding member of their family within the United States. She came to the United States in March of 1827 as a young Miss Louisa Lane playing five different parts in a single act. Louisa was then very funny and the American public then loved her. If it was not for Louisa Lane's marriage to John Drew there would be no Barrymore's today as we have come to know and respect them. Photograph on the right is Mrs. John Drew in 1863 the year that she was on stage with John Wilkes Booth for a fair well performance to his honor. No, No, no conspiracy. Booth would shoot Lincoln two years later. A conspiracy of Love maybe. John W. Booth and Robert Lincoln both dated the same women, Lucy P. Hale as did Oliver W. Holmes and John Hay. They all Loved Lucy accept Ricky Ricardo. They were way ahead of their time. This is a true story. Do you want to know what the sad thing is? Macbeth killed my great grandfather King Duncan in 1039. On mother's side of the family.
-NEW Click here to read more about Louisa Drew and family.
Another interesting tidbit is that I grew up with Pat Hale whose father was Richard Hale, a well known actor and worked with uncle Hal in Jupiter's Darling in 1955 the year Pat and myself were born. Before Drew Barrymore was even born, in 1969 Steven Spielberg directored a Night Series in which Richard Hale acted in. This was Spielberg's first film he would direct. Spielberg would in more than ten years become Drew's god-father. One of his friends Michael Augustine went to high school with Spielberg. They would pretend and take turns being German fuher's. --Click here to read more about Richard Hale's film Career.
There are an estimated 300 photographs linked into the Barrymore, Costello and Drew families. One may wonder, why would Adamson spend more time on their family website, than his own? While taking care of my aunt "Gretchen" who died in 2002 at age of 89, I was her caregiver and checked out 12 books on their family history. Aunt Gretchen was also an actress under George M. Cohen and George S. Kaufman and was taught by Lee Strasberg. Ironic as it may seem it was Kaufman's play "You Can't Take It With You" 1938, which was one of the best films I have ever seen. Starring Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart and the Black Crow from "It's A Wonderful Life." Frank Capra's masterpiece was made seven odd years before "It's A Wonderful Life," and was similar in theme. I personally love films with a message and Capra and Kaufman delivered. For aunt Gretchen's biographical sketch see Adamson's website on uncle Harold Adamson.
Click here to read more about Kaufman's career;
Because there was so much photographic material to work with the Barrymores, Costello and Drew families. I got hooked, hopefully you will too. The Barrymore's were not the only other acting family I became associated with. I went to school and hung out with Virginia and George Morgan the grandchildren of Frank Morgan known as "The Wizard of Oz."
In 1907 It was John Drew the son of Louisa Drew who first acted with Billie Burke in "My Wife." Burke was best known for her role as The Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz. It was the Easton Family Castle in the USA that inspired Frank L. Baum to write the series on The Wizard of Oz.
Robert Easton a cousin of Adamson was a dialect coach to John Barrymore III, and Drew Barrymore since she was 12 years old.
Adamson came across jewelry belonging to Dolores Costello. Adamson gave the jewelry to Robert Easton who was suppose to give it to Drew Barrymore. Adamson never received jewelry or any acknowledgment. I believed that a granddaughter of Dolores Costello would be thrilled to have the items.Yet, knowing how busy the late Robert Easton was, he most likely forgot to give them to Drew. I did find this letter from Easton reference to Rufus Easton postal covers and check. It was dated December 29, was upbeat and written in 2002. Click here to read Letter from Robert Easton.
I remember a very spirital experience where I spent the night at the Morgan's Malibu home on a Full Moon. We stayed up all night. I do recall driving home to Santa Monica and witnessed the most colorful sight where the sunrise and the ocean were purple. Frank Morgan and the Barrymore's both worked for MGM and were all great actors. Interesting note about George and Virginia's great uncle "Ralph Morgan" he was the "Czar" in the film Rasputin and the Empress. This is the only film in which Ethel, John and Lionel acted in, together.
Ethel Barrymore who was close to Maude Adams the original Peter Pan was smart when it came to marriage for she married into the Colt family. Her papers as well as some of her family's are at the Univeristy of Rhode Island. Adamson has been through their collection in 1995 when studying the JFK Assassination. If you were to visit Rhode Island first go to link details Click here to read more about Ethel and Colt family.'
John Barrymore plays "Paul" whom was in reality Grand Duke Dimtri. Today Dimtri's son, Paul Romanov Ilyinsky was the former Mayor of Palm Beach, Florida. Ilyinsky was friends with George de Mohrenschildt and the Cassinis. The Cassini's grandfather was the first ambassador to the USA for Czarist Russia and he worked with John Hay. Rasputin and the Empress is definitly worth watching a great film. Click here to learn more abouot George Clooney and the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1917 John Barrymore and Frank Morgan were great together in a silent film RAFFLES THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN, based on the story by E. W. Hornung.Barrymore and Frank Morgan make a great team and Barrymore's energy for a silent film is terrific. He says so much with his movements and without ever saying a word. Click here to read more Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman film;.
This website took a couple of years to put together and Adamson went on a couple of trips to dig up many of the photographs. This site is still under construction. It has been overwhelming when dealing with so many interesting family members in the film and stage industry. If I have, overlooked a fact or important point, please share it with me. I am sure you will enjoy the photographic and portrait galleries. See Resourses and Links button for an excellent photographic book on John Barrymore and Dolores Costello. Since 2001-02 this website has been non-profit even though there are stores on this site. I figured that if someone wants an item then what the heck maybe someday it will pay for itself.
Just click on the icon button at the bottom or on side.