Dolores Costello Overview:

Legendary actress, Dolores Costello, was born on Sep 17, 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Costello died at the age of 75 on Mar 1, 1979 in Fallbrook, CA and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Pale, initially dark-haired (later blonde) American actress of fragile appearance, who was married to John Barrymore from 1928 to 1935. Returned to the screen after the break-up of her marriage but soon found that her silent screen image had dated and left films for good in the 1940s. Daughter of early silent actor Maurice Costello, sister of actress Helene Costello (with whom she appeared in films as a child), and mother of actor John Drew Barrymore (John Barrymore Jr). Died from emphysema.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Costello was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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By Dawn on Jan 16, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(September 17, 1903 – March 1, 1979), achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies. She was nicknamed "The Goddess of the Silent Screen". If you would like to view more articles on please click here. Video: Glad Rag Doll(1929), is a all tal... Read full article

"Old San Francisco" (1927)

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"Old San Francisco" (1927) is a silent romantic drama starring , Warner Oland, Charles Emmett Mack, and Josef Swickard. Directed by Alan Crosland and adapted from the story by Darryl F. Zanuck, this film is about a family of noble Spanish blood living in San Francisco in the early tw... Read full article

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Dolores Costello Quotes:

Manon Lescaut: [to Fabien] If you send me away now, there's only one place left for me - the streets!

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Daughter of actor Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Sister of actress Helene Costello and aunt of Deidre Le Blanc.

WAMPAS Baby Star award winner for 1926

Spoke with a severe lisp until about 1930. When talkies replaced silent films, she worked with a speech pathologist for almost two years to get rid of her lisp.

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