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Dolores Costello

Dolores Costello

Dolores Costello was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies.

Costello was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of actors Maurice and Mae Costello. She made her first film appearances, along with her sister Helene, as a child in her father's films. The two sisters appeared on Broadway together and their success resulted in contracts with Warner Brothers Studios. By the mid twenties, she had become a successful and highly regarded film personality in her own right, and as a young adult her career developed to the degree that in 1926 she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star, and had acquired the name The Goddess of the Silver Screen. In 1926 she starred along with John Barrymore in The Sea Beast and after a two year affair, the couple married in 1928. Costello spoke with a lisp, and found it difficult to make the transition to talking pictures, but after two years of voice coaching she was comfortable speaking before a microphone. Her acting career became less of a priority for her following the birth of her children, however her marriage to Barrymore proved to be a difficult one due to his increasing alcoholism, and they were divorced in 1935.

Costello attempted to resume her career and achieved some successes, most notably in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). She retired in 1943.

Shortly before her death, she agreed to be interviewed for the documentary series Hollywood discussing her film career. She died from emphysema in Fallbrook, California in 1979. Her interview scenes were broadcast posthumously in 1980.

Dolores Costello has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 1645 Vine Street. Dolores Costello is the grandmother of actress Drew Barrymore.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Dolores Costello Facts

BirthdaySeptember 17, 1903
BirthplacePittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of deathMarch 1, 1979 (age 75)
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Dolores Costello compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Magnificent Ambersons
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Hollywood 7
Noah's Ark
Films of Bobby Breen: Breaking the Ice / Hawaii Calls
When a Man Loves
Old San Francisco
This Is the Army
Private Buckaroo & This Is the Army
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