Born (in 1879) into a world with no movies or television or radio, Ethel Barrymore still had something in her genetic code predisposing her to a career in the performing arts. Both of her parents were stage actors, and her brothers Lionel and John would choose that craft as well. Before her 1959 death , the theater star was able to make some high-quality appearances on radio. She managed to log time on quite a few of the big-name shows, including Screen Guild Theater , Suspense , Big Show , and Suspense . On the latter, she played a woman frightened by a psychotic handyman. One of the first generation of the Barrymore dynasty, Ethel Barrymore gets today's birthday wish!