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Dolores Costello
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    (September 17, 1903-March 1, 1979)
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Appeared in the films 'Lawful Larceny' (1923), 'The Sea Beast' (1926), 'Old San Francisco' (1927), 'Glorious Betsy' (1928), 'Noah's Ark' (1928), 'The Madonna of Avenue A' (1929), 'Expensive Women' (1931), 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1936), 'The Magnificent Ambersons' (1942) and 'This Is the Army' (1943)
    Married John Barrymore (1928-35)
    Grandmother of Drew Barrymore
    She made her film debut as a fairy at age six.
    She had a difficult transition to talking films due to a pronounced lisp.
    She retired to raise a family, but returned to the movies after divorcing Barrymore.
    She retired from films a second time because of damage to her sensitive skin from heavy cinema makeup.
    She became a reclusive avocado farmer.
    She was nicknamed 'The Goddess of the Silver Screen' (1926).
    During a long kissing scene with John Barrymore in 'The Sea Beast,' she fainted into his arms.
    She caught pneumonia during the filming of the flood scene in 'Noah's Ark.'
    She worked with a speech coach for two years to rid herself of her lisp.
    She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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