Diana Barrymore

Following on from yesterday’s post about Ethel Barrymore, here’s an ad from the October 23 1946 Toronto Daily Star featuring Ethel’s niece, Diana Barrymore:


Diana Barrymore (1921-1960) had a hard life, despite being born into privilege as a member of the famous Barrymore family of actors. Her parents separated bitterly when she was four, and she was raised by nannies and sent to boarding schools. Not surprisingly, she developed substance abuse problems, which affected her career, and married addicted and sometimes abusive men. The autopsy at her death failed to find the cause.

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