Mae Costello

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Mae Costello
Born Mae Altschuk
(1882-08-13)August 13, 1882
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died August 2, 1929(1929-08-02) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death heart disease
Resting place Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles
Occupation Stage, film actress
Years active 1911-1917
Spouse(s) Maurice Costello (1902–1927) (divorced) (2 children)
Children Dolores Costello (1903 – 1979)
Helene Costello (1906 – 1957)

Mae Costello (August 13, 1882 – August 2, 1929) was an American stage and film actress of the early twentieth-century.

Early life[edit]

Born Mae Altschuk in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Catherine (née Callender) and Lewis Altschuk (born 1855) a Bavarian German immigrant.[1] As a teenager, she began performing in stage productions in stock theater companies throughout the United States.[2] In 1902 she married actor Maurice Costello.[3] They had two daughters, Dolores Costello and Helene Costello, both of whom became successful film actresses. The couple separated in 1910 and divorced in 1927.[3]


She appeared in motion pictures beginning in the early 1910s, billed as Mrs. Costello, opposite such actors as John Bunny, Flora Finch, Wallace Reid, Florence Turner, Antonio Moreno, Bobby Connelly and Clara Kimball Young, as well as her husband and daughters.

In 1929, Mae Costello died of heart disease and was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, California.[2][4] In 1928 her daughter Dolores Costello married actor John Barrymore, a marriage that neither Mae nor her ex-husband approved of, as Barrymore was not only over twenty years older than Dolores, he was also six months older than Mae Costello. Her grandson is actor John Drew Barrymore and her great-granddaughter is actress Drew Barrymore.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]

  • The Money Mill - Mrs. King (1917)
  • Her Right to Live - Mrs. Biggs (1917)
  • When a Woman Loves - Mrs. King (1915)
  • The Taming of Betty - Mrs. Cutler (1913)
  • The Spirit of the Orient (1913)
  • The One Good Turn (1913)
  • The Mills of the Gods - The Nurse (1912)
  • Diamond Cut Diamond - The Telephone Operator (1912)
  • Her Crowning Glory - The Nurse (1911)


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