Tuesday, November 25, 2014

babe alert: Dolores Costello

Here's what you should know about Dolores: She was born in 1903 into an acting family. Her first film role was in 1909 at age six, making her one of the earliest, if not the seminal "child film star." Many of her earliest films are 'lost films', pieces of cinema no longer known to exist in any private collection or public archive. She was nicknamed "the Goddess of the Silent Era," but was able to transition to talkies starting around 1929 after conquering a severe lisp.

She met actor John Barrymore on the set of the film The Sea Beast in 1926 and married him two years later. The couple had two children before divorcing in 1931, Dolores (Dee Dee) Barrymore and John Drew Barrymore who is, you guessed it, Drew Barrymore's father.

Sadly, Dolores' acting career was cut short because of severe complexion and skin issues--a result of 30 years of having to endure film makeup. Can you imagine the lead they used to put in that stuff?

She's got one of those faces that doesn't seem at all locked in a specific time or place. I can just as easily imagine her living among us right now, albeit with less spectacular eyebrows. What a beauty!