|Full Name Mae Altschuk|
Occupation Stage, film actress
Name Mae Costello
Movies Her Right to Live
|Cause of death heart disease|
Years active 1911-1917
Role Film actress
|Born August 13, 1882 (1882-08-13) Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
Resting place Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles
Died August 2, 1929, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse Maurice Costello (m. 1902–1927)
Children Dolores Costello, Helene Costello
Parents Lewis Altschuk, Catherine Callender
Similar People Maurice Costello, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, John Drew Barry, Georgiana Drew
Mae Costello - Early life
Mae Costello (August 13, 1882 – August 2, 1929) was an American stage and film actress of the early twentieth-century.
Born Mae Altschuk in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Catherine (nee Callender) and Lewis Altschuk (born 1855) a Bavarian German immigrant. As a teenager, she began performing in stage productions in stock theater companies throughout the United States. In 1902 she married actor Maurice Costello. They had two daughters, Helene Costello and Dolores Costello, both of whom became successful film actresses. The couple separated in 1910 and divorced in 1927.
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 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. 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.