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The Daily Beast: Greatest Hollywood Dynasties

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The Barrymores

Given Drew Barrymore’s lineage, it’s no surprise the actress has become Hollywood royalty. Acting goes back four generations in her family. Barrymore’s great-grandparents were actors. Her great-aunt, Ethel, was a well-known stage actress in Britain and the U.S. for 60 years, and is credited with introducing the concept of the “glamour girl.” Her great-uncle, Lionel, was a character actor and director who appeared in more than 200 films, including Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life. Her grandfather, John, was considered the “world’s greatest actor” throughout the 1920s and ‘30s. And Drew’s grandmother, Dolores Costello, was a famous silent-screen star. Her parents, meanwhile, John Barrymore Jr. and Jaid Barrymore, were actors, too. While her relationships with the latter were strained or nonexistent, toting the Barrymore family name has surely helped Drew forge her way. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)



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