What I am reading…

I’ve been fascinated by Old Hollywood since I was a kid, so I was very surprised to learn that I know almost nothing about the legendary Barrymore family.

I am not that far into The Barrymores: Hollywood’s First Family, but I cannot help but fall in love with this family… and their dedication for keeping track of family history or family stories (that’s the genealogist in me!). I’ve never been so jealous when I found out that the authors had multiple scrapbooks filled with photographs, stories, and documents to sift through. Be still my beating heart!

Spanning over six generations, two continents, and three centuries, the family of actors that would be known as the Barrymores has become an icon of the American stage and screen. From Elizabethan England to present-day Hollywood, there has never been a more talented, romantic, and complex family tree. When Herbert Blyth changed his name to Maurice Barrymore to spare his family the embarrassment of his chosen profession of acting, he unknowingly gave name to an acting tradition that would combine four respected theater families: the Lanes, the Blyths, the Drews, and the Costellos. These skills culminated with the births of siblings John, Ethel, and Lionel Barrymore. {from GoodReads}


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