Elaine Barrie

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Elaine Barrie
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Barrie at work in a Wall street brokerage in 1951
Elaine Jacobs

(1915-07-16)July 16, 1915
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 1, 2003(2003-03-01) (aged 87)
New York City, New York, U.S.
John Barrymore
(m. 1936;div. 1940)

Elaine Barrie (born Elaine Jacobs; July 16, 1915 – March 1, 2003) was an American actress who appeared in several films and one Broadway play. She was the fourth, and last, wife of actor John Barrymore.



Barrie claimed to have fallen in love with Barrymore in 1931, when she was 16, after seeing his film, the classic Svengali . They married in 1936 at Yuma, Arizona, [1] but the marriage was a rocky one [2] and they finally divorced in 1940.

In 1937, shortly before her final divorce, she was sued by E. K. Nadel to prevent her from appearing in Dwain Esper's How to Undress in Front of Your Husband , on the grounds that the title had been copyrighted by Sherill C. Coben. [3]

She moved to Port-au-Prince, Haiti around 1958, and worked as a handbag designer. She lived in Haiti for an unknown number of years. [4]

Barrie died in New York City at the age of 87. [5]

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  1. "Barrymore, Elaine Barrie Married In Yuma, Ariz". Ludington Daily News. Nov 7, 1936. p. 1.
  2. "John Barrymore And Elaine Barrie Reconciled Again". Ottawa Citizen. June 21, 1937. p. 1.
  3. "Elaine Barrymore's Title Right Doubted". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. June 13, 1937. p. 7.
  4. "Elaine Barrie Finds The Happy Life". Lakeland Ledger. Oct 26, 1958. p. 9B.
  5. Martin, Douglas (4 March 2003). "Elaine Barrie, 87, Dies; Married Barrymore". The New York Times .