john barrymore quotes

John Barrymore as Hamlet, 1922. 

Helen Hayes, who later appeared with Barrymore in Night Flight (1933), recalled his performance as Hamlet as “the finest I’ve seen”: 

[He] had one thing that all other actors, for me, have lacked. He wasn’t acting the Prince of Denmark–he was a prince. He had a regal [presence]–without being stuffy, naturally, cause there was nothing ever stuffy about a Barrymore. They had the air of royalty, and he had it more than any of them. You were not watching an actor trying to behave like a prince…He was wonderful, in so many different lights and colors. And of course, he was so beautiful to look at.” (Helen Hayes, Colliers, 1951)