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Georgia Drew Barrymore


Daughter of a potent theatrical family--the Drews--wife of Maurice Barrymore, mother of John, Lionel and Ethel Barrymore, Georgia Drew Barrymore was as significant a figure in the heritage of American theater as any woman of the late 19th century. Her talent as a stage artist emerged in Augustin Daly's play "Pique" in which she played Mary Standish. During the period 1875-1880 she performed with nearly every significant lead on the American stage. She married Maurice Barrymore in 1876. Her professional career began in 1872 at the Arch Street Theater in Philadelphia playing a role in "The Lady's Battle." By common consent her greatest role was as the widow in Sydney Rosenfeld's play "The Senator," a role which she played for three years in the late 1880s. In 1891 she joined Charles Frohman. David S. Shields/ALS