The grandmother of Drew Barrymore, Dolores Costello, spoke with a lisp which affected her transition from silent to talking movies. Her granddaughter, Drew Barrymore, also has a lisp.

Vintage: Portraits of Dolores Costello – Silent Movie Star

Dolores Costello (1903 – 1979) was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies.

She had a younger sister, Helene, and the two made their first film appearances in the years 1909–1915 as child actresses for the Vitagraph Film Company. The two sisters appeared on Broadway together as chorines and their success resulted in contracts with Warner Brothers Studios. In 1926, following small parts in feature films, she was selected by John Barrymore to star opposite him in The Sea Beast, a loose adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Warner Bros. soon began starring her in her own vehicles. Meanwhile, she and Barrymore became romantically involved and married in 1928.

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10 thoughts on “The grandmother of Drew Barrymore, Dolores Costello, spoke with a lisp which affected her transition from silent to talking movies. Her granddaughter, Drew Barrymore, also has a lisp.”

  1. AdvocateSaint

    Chuck Palahniuk discussed something like this in *Snuff*

    When sound movies replaced silent ones, many actors found themselves out of work because their voices weren’t fit for cinema. Not sure if Chuck made up the “facts” but some were left so despondent that they killed themselves.

    Btw, he brought this up to make the comparison that HD cameras did the same thing for porno. Once you were able to render bodies in ultra high defintion, they just looked gross.

  2. frijolejoe

    There is a definite resemblance in some of those pics, wow!

  3. IFeelAsleep_120_85

    I think lisps are sexy. There, I said it.

  4. Grassi1lt

    Yeah, from what I heard, lisps or stuttering skips a generation.

  5. ash_274

    And her great uncle, Lionel Barrymore’s career lasted from the silent era to the 1950’s and invented the boom microphone

  6. Ray88Babbitt

    She’s definitely got her grandfather’s chin

  7. Cassie_Blake

    Wow she was so pretty, just like her granddaughter.

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