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Dolores Costello (1903–1979)

American film actress who achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 2024
Dolores Costello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello (née Altschuk). She was of Irish and German descent. She had a younger sister, Helene, and the two made their early film appearances from 1909 to 1915 as child actresses for the Vitagraph Film Company. They played supporting roles in several films starring their father, who was a popular matinee idol at the time.

The two sisters appeared on Broadway together as chorus line dancers, and their success resulted in contracts with Warner Bros. Pictures. In 1926, following small parts in feature films, Dolores Costello was selected by John Barrymore to star with him in The Sea Beast, a loose adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, after which Warner soon began starring her in her own vehicles. Meanwhile, she and Barrymore became involved romantically, and married in 1928.

Within a few years of achieving stardom, Costello had become a film personality in her own right. 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".
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Tenderloin poster - Public domain movie poster

Tenderloin poster - Public domain movie poster

Poster for the American crime film Tenderloin (1928). Public domain photograph of a movie film poster advertisement, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The-Magnificent-Ambersons-2

The-Magnificent-Ambersons-2

Still photo from the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons Image is marked MA-50 at lower right

Dolores & Helene Costello from Stars of the Photoplay

Dolores & Helene Costello from Stars of the Photoplay

Publicity photo of Dolores & Helene Costello from Stars of the Photoplay

Sea Beast film still - silent film printed advertisement

Sea Beast film still - silent film printed advertisement

Dolores Costello and John Barrymore in the 1926 film The Sea Beast. The scene is seen on the linked ad for the film.

Dolores Costello - Jul 1927 Cinelandia

Dolores Costello - Jul 1927 Cinelandia

Actress Dolores Costello on the cover of the July 1927 Cinelandia.

Old San Francisco (1927) - 1

Old San Francisco (1927) - 1

Advertisement for the American historical drama film Old San Francisco (1927) with Dolores Costello and Warner Oland, on pages 20 and 21 of the August 17, 1927 Variety.

Jack.Wagner

Jack.Wagner

Jack Wagner, left, on the set of "The Sea Beast" starring John Barrymore, foreground, in 1926.

A black and white photo of a woman in a tutu. Dolores costello actress silent movies.

A black and white photo of a woman in a tutu. Dolores costello actress...

In a tutu / A woman in a black dress, ca. 1900 / Public domain vintage photo.

When a Man Loves (1927) - 1

When a Man Loves (1927) - 1

Still from the American historical drama When a Man Loves (1927) with Dolores Costello and John Barrymore, from the July 1927 Cinelandia.

Redeeming Sin poster - Vintage movie public domain poster

Redeeming Sin poster - Vintage movie public domain poster

Poster for the 1929 film The Redeeming Sin. Public domain photograph of movie theater building, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Dolores & Helene Costello M.J. Moriarty Playing Card

Dolores & Helene Costello M.J. Moriarty Playing Card

Dolores & Helene Costello Public domain photograph - actress, female portrait, 1910s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Dolores Costello, George Grantham Bain Collection

Dolores Costello, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... More

John Drew Barrymore christening 1932

John Drew Barrymore christening 1932

Photo of the Barrymore family gathered for the christening of John Drew Barrymore. From left, the priest (not identified in news story), Dolores Barrymore in the arms of her mother, Dolores Costello Barrymore,... More

Dolores Costello pg736 - Public domain portrait print

Dolores Costello pg736 - Public domain portrait print

Dolores Costello Public domain scan of actress portrait, printed advertisement, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) 1

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) 1

L. to R. : C. Aubrey Smith, Freddie Bartholomew & Dolores Costello in Little Lord Fauntleroy - cropped screenshot

Tenderloin lobby card 2

Tenderloin lobby card 2

Lobby card for the American crime film Tenderloin (1928).

Dolores Costello CM329 - A black and white photo of a woman wearing a hat
Noah's Ark (1928) still 2

Noah's Ark (1928) still 2

Paul McAllister (center), George O'Brien & Dolores Costello (right) in Noah's Ark - publicity still (cropped : see source)

Silent film actress Dolores Costello in "The Sea Beast" (SAYRE 22132)

Silent film actress Dolores Costello in "The Sea Beast" (SAYRE 22132)

Silent film actress Dolores Costello in "The Sea Beast." From the back: "Caramel silk valour frock and double-breasted summer ermine jacket constitute smart fall outfit worn by Dolores Costello, the delightful... More

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (11)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (11)

Public domain photograph of erotic art, sexuality, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (5)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (5)

Public domain photograph of a movie actress, film scene, movie industry, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Poster - Noah's Ark (1928) 01 - Vintage movie public domain poster

Poster - Noah's Ark (1928) 01 - Vintage movie public domain poster

Poster for the 1928 film Noah's Ark Public domain photograph of an actor, movie film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (24)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (24)

Public domain photograph of an actor, movie film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sea Beast lobby card 3 - silent film printed advertisement

Sea Beast lobby card 3 - silent film printed advertisement

Lobby card for the 1926 film The Sea Beast.

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (16)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (16)

Screenshot of Joseph Cotten and Dolores Costello from the trailer for the film The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).

The Little Irish Girl (1926) - 1

The Little Irish Girl (1926) - 1

Advertisement for the American romantic drama film The Little Irish Girl (1926) with Dolores Costello, on page 12 of the May 12, 1926 Variety.

Little-Lord-Fauntleroy-1936

Little-Lord-Fauntleroy-1936

w:Dolores Costello and w:Freddie Bartholomew in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Cy Kendall-Dolores Costello in Breaking the Ice

Cy Kendall-Dolores Costello in Breaking the Ice

Cy Kendall & Dolores Costello in Breaking the Ice - cropped screenshot Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (12)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (12)

Screenshot of Dolores Costello and Tim Holt from the trailer for the film The Magnificent Ambersons.

Bride of the Storm (1926) - 1

Bride of the Storm (1926) - 1

Advertisement for for the American adventure film Bride of the Storm (1926) with Dolores Costello, on pages 4 and 5 of the April 10, 1926 Exhibitors Herald. It is not clear whether Costello wore clothing depic... More

Bride of the Storm (1926, poster)

Bride of the Storm (1926, poster)

This is a poster for the American adventure film Bride of the Storm (1926).

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (6)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (6)

Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Old San Francisco Lobbycard 1927

Old San Francisco Lobbycard 1927

Lobby card for the film Old San Francisco

College Widow lobby card - Vintage movie public domain poster

College Widow lobby card - Vintage movie public domain poster

Lobby card from the American film The College Widow (1927). Note original card had a lot of handwritten identifications written on it and some tears and stains. There are no copyright marks as can be seen at th... More

John Barrymore and family 1934

John Barrymore and family 1934

Photo of John Barrymore and family in 1934. Standing:John Barrymore holding John Drew Barrymore. Seated: Dolores Costello Barrymore with Dolores Barrymore on her lap.

Tenderloin lobby card

Tenderloin lobby card

Lobby card for the American crime film Tenderloin (1928).

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (15)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (15)

Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (22)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (22)

Public domain photograph of movie theater building, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sea Beast film still 10

Sea Beast film still 10

Still for the American drama film The Sea Beast (1926) with Dolores Costello, on page 28 of the October 3, 1925 Exhibitors Herald.

WAMPAS Stars of 1926 - Jan 6 1926 Variety

WAMPAS Stars of 1926 - Jan 6 1926 Variety

Advertisement with the WAMPAS Stars of 1926 wishing a happy New Year, featuring Mary Brian, Vera Reynolds, Marceline Day‎, Sally Long‎, Dolores Costello, Fay Wray, Joyce Compton, Janet Gaynor‎, Joan Crawford, ... More

The Third Degree (1926) - 1

The Third Degree (1926) - 1

Advertisement for the American romance film The Third Degree (1926) with Dolores Costello, on pages 10 and 11 of the November 24, 1926 Variety.

1927 - New Pergola Theater Ad - 15 Nov MC - Allentown PA

1927 - New Pergola Theater Ad - 15 Nov MC - Allentown PA

New Pergola Theater advertisement for the American films The College Widow (1927) and A Harp in Hock (1927) - 15 Nov 1927 Morning Call, Allentown PA

Ambersons-lobby-card-1 - Vintage movie public domain poster

Ambersons-lobby-card-1 - Vintage movie public domain poster

Lobby card from the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons Public domain photograph of an actor, movie film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Sea Beast (1926) - 2

The Sea Beast (1926) - 2

Advertisement for the American drama film The Sea Beast (1926) with John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, from the multipage insert after page 2 of the January 2, 1926 The Moving Picture World.

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) 4

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) 4

L. to R. : Henry Stephenson, Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello & Una O'Connor in Little Lord Fauntleroy - cropped screenshot

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (2)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (2)

Public domain photograph - performance, burlesque, dance, cabaret, operetta, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (4)

The magnificent Amberson movie trailer screenshot (4)

Public domain photograph of a movie actress, film scene, movie industry, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The-Magnificent-Ambersons-1

The-Magnificent-Ambersons-1

Scene from the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons.The image was published as this public domain item:

The Sea Beast (1926) - 5

The Sea Beast (1926) - 5

Advertisement for the American drama film The Sea Beast (1926) with Dolores Costello and John Barrymore, on pages 12 and 13 of the February 6, 1926 Exhibitors Herald.

Dolores Costello as Esther in The Sea Beast

Dolores Costello as Esther in The Sea Beast

Dolores Costello as Esther in The Sea Beast (1926).