quote by John Barrymore

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

— John Barrymore

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I've been very successful doing voices in movies.

I did Olive, the Other Reindeer, with Drew Barrymore, and I did Cats and Dogs. My children came to some of the sessions.


I suppose they call me a womans director because there were all these movie queens in the old days, and I directed most of them. But I also directed Jack Barrymore and Ronald Colman and James Stewart, to name a few.

He has that uncanny ability to be dangerous and pull the public in [on Michael Barrymore

Working with David Gordon Green, and Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera, and Drew Barrymore, and all of those people - those are the best people in comedy to work with. Anna Faris. You know, that's my goal, to keep learning and to just keep working with the best people I can. And yeah, we do all hang out, and we all kind of know each other.

I don't give a damn about any actors.

What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game. Either I get the money (more than Barrymore), or I don't play!


I think the best advice came from Drew Barrymore, about always finding love in everything you do and keeping a positive attitude and being thankful.

I'm very used to working with first time actors - you can just look back at 'E.

T.' with Drew Barrymore, and Christian Bale from 'Empire of the Sun,' who'd never made a movie before.

In movies, I hope women aren't always portrayed as sex symbols.

People like Drew Barrymore are paving the way for girls my age. Hopefully I can pave the way for young actresses, too.

Mr. [John] Barrymore's smile was the smile of an actor who hates actors, and who knows that he is going to kill two or three before the play is over. I am not an actor-killer, but I like my Hamlets to dislike actors, if you know what I mean, and I think you don't.

I guess because I'm so young, I m not sure of what lies ahead for me.

I'm more into going the route of producing and directing. I just made a little short film. I'm more excited about going the route of doing a Drew Barrymore or... what's the one from 'Star Wars?


I met Drew Barrymore in New York and she said she liked the band.

That was really cool. I grew up on her.

I was at dinner with Gene Wilder and imitated Ethel Barrymore for everyone.

The first time I saw a picture of [fabled actress] Ethel Barrymore - she was on Broadway and she was wearing pearls. I thought, "That's who I should grow up to be." It's odd, because it was her physical image that I wanted; I had no idea what it was like actually to be her. In those days, we weren't bombarded by images the way we are now, and the ones we did have were more vivid in people's minds.

What makes it frustrating is when a director or a studio head doesn't see me for the same part that they'll see, let's say, Drew Barrymore for. Drew's a great friend of mine. But it's like, "No, we want more of an American type of girl."

I don't want to give the impression that I hold daily conversations with my household appliances, although my toaster is as old as Drew Barrymore and almost as talented.


John Barrymore was a serious actor who did a great deal of research for all his parts, until, I guess, he was around 50. Then he started drinking heavily . . . So he drank himself to death. It took him 10 years.

because the theater lost a Barrymore every time a Southerner decided not to go on the stage, just about anything that comes out of a Southern mouth is bound to be a ringing line.

You know what I've kind of come to realize is that I'm a huge Drew Barrymore rom-com fan. There are so many of her movies that I love.

But I also directed Jack Barrymore and Ronald Colman and James Stewart, to name a few.

You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older.