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A family of American actors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The most famous of them were John and Lionel Barrymore and their sister, Ethel, all of whom appeared frequently on the stage and in films. The dashing-looking John was known as the “Great Profile.” His granddaughter Drew continued the acting tradition into the twenty-first century.

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