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February 14, 2021

Dolores Costello: The Goddess of the Silent Screen

Born 1903 n Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American actress Dolores Costello had become a successful and highly regarded film personality in her own right. She achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies.

As a young adult, her career developed to the degree that in 1926, she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star , and had acquired the nickname “The Goddess of the Silver Screen”.

Her acting career became less a priority for her following the birth of her first child, Dolores Ethel Mae “DeeDee” Barrymore in 1930, and she retired from the screen in 1931 to devote time to her family. Her second child, John Drew Barrymore, was born in 1932, but the marriage proved difficult due to her husband’s increasing alcoholism, and they divorced in 1935.

She resumed her career a year later and achieved some successes, most notably in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). She retired permanently from acting following her appearance in This is the Army (1943).

Costello died from emphysema in Fallbrook, California in 1979, aged 75. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 1645 Vine Street.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Dolores Costello in the 1920s and 1930s.


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