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Mae Costello

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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
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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.


Early life

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.

Partial filmography

  • 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)
  • References

    Mae Costello Wikipedia