Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Helene Costello
Helene Costello died of pneumonia and tuberculosis in Los Angeles, California in 1957 at the age of 50 and was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles which is a Catholic cemetery.
More DetailsHide DetailsFor her contribution to the motion film industry, Helene Costello was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Helene Costello is the great-aunt of contemporary actress Drew Barrymore – her sister Dolores being Barrymore's paternal grandmother from her marriage to actor John Barrymore.
Helene was married to actor and director Lowell Sherman from 1930 to 1932.
Helene first appeared on screen (opposite her father) in the 1909 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe would continue acting in films throughout the 1910s as a child actor and reach her peak of public popularity in the 1920s, although never quite rivalling the success of her sister Dolores.
Although she had been appearing on screen since her early childhood, in 1927 Helene Costello was selected as a WAMPAS Baby Star, a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom.
Costello appeared alongside such popular film actors of the silent era as Myrna Loy, Louise Fazenda, Marie Prevost, Tom Mix, and even Rin Tin Tin. She would also occasionally appear with her sister Dolores in films such as the Warner Bros. all-star Technicolor release The Show of Shows (1929).
Helene Costello's career declined with the advent of sound films and she began to appear less and less on screen. She did manage to stay in the headlines briefly in the 1930s however, when she and her sister were sued by their famous actor father for financial support.
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