We see Ethel's sensational social and stage debuts in London and on Broadway; her struggle with alcohol, debt, and damaged reputation; and her spectacular comeback in The Corn is Green. We see John's vault to fame in Shakespearean stage roles and his triumphant move to the screen before succumbing to the "Barrymore curse" of addiction to alcohol. And we see the steadier Lionel pursuing his talents in painting and composing before finally capitulating to the family tradition. We see both the price and the privileges of their extraordinary fame; and finally, with the death of Ethel, the decline of America's first family of acting.
©1990 Margot Peters; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Peters has made an outstanding contribution to the history of the American theater in her thoroughly readable account of three of its most illustrious artists." (Library Journal)
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