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Ever wondered how many famous people named Ethel there are? This list of celebrities named Ethel includes photos and information about each person when available. The famous Ethels on this list come in all shapes and sizes, but all ended up achieving some kind of fame in their respective fields. This includes singers and musicians named Ethel, actors named Ethel, and even athletes named Ethel. Well-known Ethels like Ethel Merman, Ethel Barrymore, and Ethel Waters are just the start of this list.
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Ethel Merman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor, Singer Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy ...more

Ethel Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors.

Ethel Waters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor, Singer Ethel Waters was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she ...more

Ethel Ennis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Musician Ethel Llewellyn Ennis is an American jazz musician. Ethel Ennis began performing on the piano in high school, but her natural vocal abilities soon eclipsed those as a pianist. Embarking on a ...more

Ethel Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor, Singer

Ethel Whibley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Whibley, née Birnie Philip, was the sister-in-law of James McNeill Whistler. Ethel was a secretary to Whistler who used Ethel as a model for a number of full-length portraits ...more

Ethel Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor, Dancer, Organist Ethel Smith was an organist who played primarily in a pop style on the Hammond organ. Born Ethel Goldsmith, she performed from a fairly young age and traveled widely, learning several languages. ...more

Ethel K. Myers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Sculptor, Painter, Artist Ethel K. Myers (1881 - 1960) was an American sculptor and painter. She was born Lillian Cochran in Brooklyn, New York in 1881, and later given the name "Mae Ethel Klinck" after she was ...more

Ethel Lilian Voynich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Musician, Novelist, Author Ethel Lilian Voynich, née Boole was an Anglo-Irish novelist and musician, and a supporter of several revolutionary causes. She was born in Cork, but grew up in England. Voynich was a ...more

Ethel Clayton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Clayton was an American actress of the silent film era.

Ethel Griffies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Griffies was an English actress of stage, screen and television. She was the daughter of actors Samuel Rupert Woods and Lillie Roberts, and taken onstage at the age of three, and would ...more

Ethel L. Payne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel L. Payne Journalist Ethel L. Payne was an African-American journalist. Known as the "First Lady of the Black Press", she was a columnist, lecturer, and freelance writer. She combined advocacy with ...more

Ethel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Skakel Kennedy is an American human-rights campaigner and widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while running for nomination as Democratic presidential candidate in ...more

Ethel Mannin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Mannin Novelist, Writer Ethel Mannin is a writer.

Ethel Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel May Smith was a sprinter from Canada who won a bronze medal in the 100 m at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. At the same games she helped the Canadian national team win ...more

Ethel Booba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Comedian, Actor Ethel Gabison, also known by her stage name Ethel Booba, is a Filipino TV personality and comedienne of South African and American descent. She has also worked in the recording industry. She is ...more

Ethel Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Novelist, Writer Ethel Turner was an English-born Australian novelist and children's literature writer.

Ethel Lackie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Swimmer Ethel Minnie Lackie was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Lackie represented the United States at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. ...more

Ethel Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Professor, Teacher Ethel M. Cochrane is a former Canadian Senator having represented the province of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1986 until 2012. A teacher by training, Cochrane worked as an educator in her ...more

Ethel Wales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Wales was an American actress, who appeared in 130 films during her 30-year career.She was the first wife of Wellington E. Wales, Mary Pickford's business manager during the height of her ...more

Ethel Teare is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Teare was an American silent film actress from Phoenix, Arizona.

Ethel Brez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Screenwriter Ethel Brez is an American television soap opera writer.

Ethel Owen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Owen was an American actress with a lengthy career on stage as well as radio and television. In her early sixties, during the mid-1950s, she had a memorable recurring TV role on The ...more

Ethel Catherwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Hannah Catherwood was a Canadian athlete. Born in Hannah, North Dakota, United States, Ethel Catherwood was raised and educated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she excelled at ...more

Ethel Gabain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Printmaker, Artist Ethel Gabain was a French-English artist.

Ethel Pedley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Musician, Writer Ethel Charlotte Pedley was an Australian author and musician. Pedley's most well-known book is Dot and the Kangaroo, which featured a little girl named Dot who becomes lost in the Australian ...more

Ethel Shannon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Shannon was an American actress. She appeared in over 30 silent movies in the early 20th century.

Ethel Percy Andrus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
School Administrator, Entrepreneur, Teacher Ethel Percy Andrus was a long-time educator and the first woman high school principal in California. She was also the founder of AARP in 1958. In 1995 she was designated a Women's History Month ...more

Ethel Hedgeman Lyle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Educator Ethel Hedgeman Lyle was a founder of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Howard University in 1908. It was the first sorority founded by African-American college women. Lyle is often referred to ...more

Ethel Anderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Novelist, Writer Ethel Anderson was an early twentieth century Australian poet, essayist, novelist and painter. She considered herself to be mainly a poet, but is now best appreciated for her witty and ironic ...more

Ethel Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Lloyd Actor Ethel Lloyd was an actress.

Ethel M. Dell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel M. Dell Novelist Ethel M. Dell was a British writer of over 30 popular romance novels and several short stories from 1911 to 1939.

Ethel Winant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Television producer, Film Producer, Casting Director Ethel Winant was a film and television producer and a casting director.

Ethel Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Record producer Ethel deNagy Gabriel is an American record producer with a four-decade career at RCA Records. Gabriel grew up in the Philadelphia area, learning the music business as a trombone player and ...more

Ethel Roosevelt Derby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Nurse Ethel Carow Roosevelt Derby was the youngest daughter and fourth child of the President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt. Known as The Queen of Oyster Bay and The First Lady of Oyster Bay ...more

Ethel Azama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Azama Ethel Azama was an American jazz and popular singer and recording artist. She sang regularly in nightclubs and other concert venues between the mid-1950s and 1984. She was born and raised in ...more

Ethel MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel MacDonald Ethel MacDonald was a Glasgow-based Scottish anarchist and activist and, in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, a propagandist on Barcelona Loyalist radio.

Ethel Grandin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor Ethel Grandin was an American silent film actress. She was married to Ray C. Smallwood from 1912 until his death on February 23, 1964; they had a son named Arthur Smallwood. She began her acting ...more

Ethel Smyth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Smyth Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, DBE was an English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Smyth was born in London, as the fourth of a family of eight children. Her father, J. H. Smyth, ...more

Ethel du Pont is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel du Pont Ethel du Pont Roosevelt Warren was an American heiress and socialite and a member of the prominent du Pont family. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she was the daughter of Eugene du Pont, Jr. She ...more

Ethel Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Actor, Singer Ethel Jackson was U.S. stage actress, comic prima donna of the late 19th century and early 20th century. She appeared in Broadway theatrical productions.

Ethel Shakespear is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Geologist Dame Ethel Mary Reader Shakespear DBE, née Wood, was an English geologist, public servant and philanthropist. She was born in Biddenham, Bedfordshire, the daughter of a clergyman. She was ...more

Ethel Mobley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Mobley Race car driver Ethel Mobley of Fort Payne, Alabama was tied for the second female to drive in NASCAR history. Her brother Tim Flock said she was named after the gasoline her father used in his car.

Ethel Sykes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Sykes Actor Ethel Sykes was an actor.

Ethel Doherty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Doherty Screenwriter Ethel Doherty was a screenwriter.

Ethel Sargant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Sargant Botanist Ethel Sargant was a British botanist. She was the third daughter of Henry Sargant of Lincoln's Inn, and Emma Beale, and was educated at the North London Collegiate School and, from 1881 to 1885, ...more

Ethel Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Wilson Novelist, Writer Ethel Davis Wilson, OC was a Canadian writer of short stories and novels. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, she moved to England in 1890 following the death of her mother. In 1898, after the ...more

Ethel Muckelt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Muckelt Ethel Muckelt, was a British figure skater who competed in singles and pairs. As a single skater, she won the bronze medal at the 1924 Winter Olympics. As a pair skater, she placed fifth at the ...more

Ethel Remey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Remey Actor Ethel Remey was an American actress. Her most famous role was her portrayal of Alma Miller, mother of Lisa Miller on the soap opera As the World Turns. She played the role from 1963 to 1977.

Ethel Rojo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Named Ethel
Ethel Rojo Theater director, Actor, Dancer Ethel Rojo was an actress.