Helene Costello

Helene Costello
Peter Hancock


Helene Costello
Film: East side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Born June 21, 1906 in New York, NY
Died Jan. 26, 1957 of pneumonia in Patton State Hospital, CA

Helene Costello was once a $3,000-a-week star of the silent screen.

Costello's life faded into obscurity after her brief but brilliant career on the screen. In the years before her death in 1957 she had been the victim of illness, divorce and financial worries.

She first appeared on screen with her father, matinee idol Maurice Costello, in "Les Miserables" in 1909. She had roles in more that 60 films before coming to Hollywood in the early 1920s.

At the time, her father was a ranking romantic star of both motion pictures and the stage and her sister, Dolores Costello, was a rising star of the films.

In the next few years, Helene appeared as a leading lady in a number of films, several of them with John Barrymore, who later was the husband of her sister Dolores.

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