Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Dolores Costello, was the daughter of actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Dolores and her sister Helene made their first performances in supporting roles in several films with their father, who was a famous actor at the time. Dolores Costello's earliest performance was in the role of a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream(1909).
Dolores Costello performed opposite John Barrymore in The Sea Beast. She and Barrymore became romantically involved and married in 1928. After reaching stardom, she became so successful that she was called the "The Goddess of the Silver Screen." She was re-teamed with John Barrymore in When a Man Loves (1927). She then co-starred with George O'Brien in Noah's Ark (1929). Costello spoke with a lisp (something that her granddaughter, Drew Barrymore, also inherited), and at first found it difficult to make the transition into talking pictures. After a couple of years with of voice coach she was comfortable with the transition. She put her acting career on hold, after the birth of her first child to devote time to her family. Costello came back to making films a year later and performed in Little Lord Fauntlery (1936), and The Magnificent Ambersons(1942). She retired permanently from acting following This is the Army(1943).