Sunday, June 18, 2006

Suspense 490106 Ethel Barrymore




Ethel’s film work was rare. Her radio work was even more rare. When most people think of Ethel, I think what comes to mind was a doughty old matron. But in her youth, she was a great beauty. John Singer Sargent sketched her. Winston Churchill proposed to her. She was the toast of two continents. This episode of “Suspense” with Gene Kelly, reflects the popular image of Ethel, an older matron. It was 1949, The end was drawing nigh for that generation of Barrymore’s. We shall not see their like again.

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