Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Forgotten Stars--Dolores Costello

Dolores Costello (1903-1979) Posted by Hello

She was known as "The Goddess of the Silent Screen." Dolores Costello was the daughter of Maurice Costello, one of the most popular actors of the silent era. As early as 1909, Dolores, along with her sister Helene, began appearing in films alongside her famous father, and would work steadily throughout the 1910s and 1920s on stage and screen. Around 1926, a nineteen-year-old Dolores met actor John Barrymore, a man old enough to be her father. The two fell in love while appearing together in the film THE SEA BEAST and later married in 1928. The marriage between two powerful acting families proved to be a tumultuous one, marked by Barrymore's hard drinking and roving eye. After numerous attempts to save the marriage for the sake of their children, Costello eventually divorced Barrymore in 1935. Dolores continued her acting career and went on to appear in a number of films, most notably as "Isabel" in Orson Welles' THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942). But in a cruel twist of fate, the actress, know for her beauty, developed a horrible skin condition due to the heavy makeup used on film sets. The skin on her cheeks literally began to disintegrate. Forced into retirement, Costello lived in virtual seclusion until her death in 1979. The "Goddess of the Silent Screen" may have faded into history, but her presence has made an impact on today's film industry--she is Drew Barrymore's grandmother.


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