About Helene Adrienne Costello
Most notable for her work during the silent film era, Helene Costello, daughter of early movie matinee idol Maurice Costello, made her first movie appearances as a child in her father's films.
She was born on June 21, 1906 in New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of the prominent stage and pioneering film actor Maurice Costello and his actress wife Mae Costello (née Altschuk) and the younger sister of actress Dolores Costello. She is the great-aunt of contemporary actress Drew Barrymore - her sister Dolores being Barrymore's paternal grandmother from her marriage to actor John Barrymore.
Costello first appeared onscreen (opposite her father) in the 1909 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. She would continue acting in films throughout the 1910s as a child actor and reach her peak of public popularity in the 1920s, although never quite rivalling the success of her sister Dolores.
Although she had been appearing onscreen since her early childhood, in 1927 Costello was selected as a WAMPAS Baby Star, a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom.
Costello appeared alongside such popular film actors of the silent era as Myrna Loy, Louise Fazenda, Marie Prevost, Tom Mix, and even Rin Tin Tin. She would also occasionally appear with her sister Dolores in films such as the Warner Bros. all-star Technicolor release The Show of Shows (1929).
Her career declined with the advent of sound films and she began to appear less and less onscreen. She did manage to stay in the headlines briefly in the 1930s however, when she and her sister were sued by their famous actor father for financial support. Helene was married to actor and director Lowell Sherman from 1930 to 1932.
Costello died of pneumonia and tuberculosis in Los Angeles, California in 1957 at the age of 50 and was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles which is a Catholic cemetery.
For her contribution to the motion film industry, Helene Costello was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.