Dolores Costello

Costello in June 1926, Cropped from LOC image.

Date of Birth: September 17, 1903

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: March 1, 1979

Place of Death: Fallbrook, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, German

Dolores Costello was an American actress. She was the daughter of actors Maurice Costello (Maurice George Costello) and Mae Costello (born Mae Altschuk). She had two children with her former husband, actor John Barrymore (born John Sidney Blyth). They are the paternal grandparents of actors John Blyth Barrmore and Drew Barrymore. Her stepdaughter was actress Diana Barrymore.

Her father was of Irish descent and her mother had German ancestry.

Dolores’s paternal grandfather was named Thomas Costello (the son of John David Costello). Thomas was Irish.

Dolores’s paternal grandmother was named Ellen Fitzgerald. Ellen was Irish.

Dolores’s maternal grandfather was Lewis/Louis Altschuk (the son of George Michael Altschuk and Anna Maria Renck). Lewis was German.

Dolores’s maternal grandmother was named Catherine Callender.

Sources: Genealogies of Dolores Costello –

Genealogy of Dolores Costello (focusing on her father’s side) –

Dolores Costello on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Dolores’s maternal grandfather, Lewis/Louis Altschuk, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


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