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Mae Costello (August 13, 1882 – August 2, 1929) was an American stage and film actress of the early twentieth-century.

Mae Costello
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Costello in the 1900s
Mae Altschuk

(1882-08-13)August 13, 1882
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 2, 1929(1929-08-02) (aged 46)
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles
OccupationStage, film actress
Years active1911–1917
Spouse(s)Maurice Costello (1902–1927; divorced)
ChildrenDolores Costello
Helene Costello


Early lifeEdit

Born Mae Altschuk in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Catherine (née Callender) and Lewis Altschuk (born 1855), a Bavarian immigrant.[1] As a teenager, she began performing in stage productions in stock theater companies throughout the United States.

In 1902, she married actor Maurice Costello.[2] They had two daughters, Dolores Costello and Helene Costello, both of whom became successful film actresses. The couple separated in 1910 and divorced in 1927.[2]


Mae Costello 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, Bobby Connelly and Clara Kimball Young, as well as her husband and daughters.

In 1929, Costello died of heart disease and was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, California.

Partial filmographyEdit

  • 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)


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  2. ^ a b Stein Hoffman, Carol.The Barrymores: Hollywood's First Family. University Press of Kentucky, 2001. ISBN 0-8131-2213-9

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