~Dolores Costello~

Born: September 17, 1903 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Died: March 1, 1979 in Fallbrook, CA, USA
~Candid Photograph of Dolores Costello~
~Dolores Costello & Lee Tracy~
~Los Angeles Times, 1979~
Dolores Costello was a stage and film star and third wife of actor John Barrymore.

She made her stage debut at 19 as a dancer in George White's Scandals and a few years later followed
her father, Maurice Costello, to Hollywood where he had established a career in silent films.

Her own film career had just begun to blossom — she had had three costarring roles — when she
met Barrymore.

Though they had appeared together before the cameras, Costello abandoned her own film career in
1928 when they married and moved into a Mediterranean-style hilltop mansion in Beverly Hills.

Costello returned to films in the early days of talking pictures, starring in "Glorious Betsy" and later
in Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons."

Her father, no longer a star and unable to find acting employment, was dependent upon her and
sued her for support in 1938, at which time she also was supporting her sister, actress Helene
Costello, who was hospitalized.

She assumed support and responsibility for her niece, Diedre, after the divorce of her sister from
artist George LeBlanc and thus became involved in a front-page custody battle.

In 1951, an appearance with her son in San Francisco led to a return to acting. She played opposite
Albert Dekker at the Century Theater in a stage production of "The Great Man."

It was her final role.

— Paula Selleck and Ted Thackrey Jr. in the Los Angeles Times Mar. 2, 1979
The Show of Shows (1929) .... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Glorious Betsy (1928) .... Betsy Patterson
Tenderloin (1928) .... Rose Shannon
The College Widow (1927) .... Jane Witherspoon
The Heart of Maryland (1927) .... Maryland Calvert
Old San Francisco (1927) .... Dolores Vasquez
A Million Bid (1927) .... Dorothy Gordon
When a Man Loves (1927) .... Manon Lescaut
... aka His Lady (UK)
The Third Degree (1926) .... Annie Daly
The Little Irish Girl (1926) .... Dot Walker
Bride of the Storm (1926) .... Faith Fitzhugh
The Sea Beast (1926) .... Esther Harper
Mannequin (1926) .... Joan Herrick
Bobbed Hair (1925) .... Bit part
Greater Than a Crown (1925) .... Isabel Frances/Princess of Lividia
Lawful Larceny (1923) .... Nora the maid
The Glimpses of the Moon (1923) .... Bit Part

The Evil Men Do (1915) .... David - a Little Boy
Too Much Burglar (1914)
Etta of the Footlights (1914)
Some Steamer Scooping (1914)
Fellow Voyagers (1913)
In the Shadow (1913)
The Hindoo Charm (1913)
A Birthday Gift (1913)
Ida's Christmas (1912) .... The Little Smith Girl
The Toymaker (1912)
The Irony of Fate (1912) .... Fourth Child
Bobby's Father (1912) .... Bobby
Captain Barnacle's Legacy (1912)
Her Grandchild (1912) .... The Grandchild
Vultures and Doves (1912)
Wanted... a Grandmother (1912)
A Juvenile Love Affair (1912) .... The Girl
The Money Kings (1912)
The Troublesome Step-Daughters (1912)
Lulu's Doctor (1912) .... Lulu
She Never Knew (1912) .... The Old Man's Granddaughter
For the Honor of the Family (1912) .... The Child
The Meeting of the Ways (1912) .... One of their Children
Captain Jenks' Dilemma (1912)
Some Good in All (1911) .... A Little Girl
... aka A Thief in the Night (USA)
A Reformed Santa Claus (1911)
His Sister's Children (1911) .... One of the Children
The Child Crusoes (1911)
A Geranium (1911)
Consuming Love; or, St. Valentine's Day in Greenaway Land (1911)
... aka Consuming Love (USA)
The Telephone (1910) .... The Child
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909) .... Fairy