Out of the Vaults: Drew Barrymore's Grandmother…

… was, for the record, WAY hot.

And yes, she spoke with the same quiet lisp that would, one day, make her granddaughter famous. (OK, maybe Drew’s lisp isn’t what made her famous, but it’s certainly made her memorable.)

Dolores Costello was a silent screen goddess to end all silent screen goddesses. The year this film, Noah’s Ark, was made, she married film’s untamable-bastard-genius John Barrymore. And an acting dynasty was born. The marriage lasted only seven years, largely due to Barrymore’s drinking problems, and she would only act for a few more years before retiring from the public eye completely.

But for a few glorious years, Dolores’ popularity was untouchable, and her chops as an actress were undeniable.

Teamed here with super hunky matinee idol George O’Brien, Noah’s Ark‘s biblical underpinnings seem entirely inspired by the Dolores’ truly divine beauty.

George O'Briend & Dolores Costell in Noah's Ark, 1928. Directed by Michael Curtiz
George O'Brien & Dolores Costell in Noah's Ark, 1928. Directed by Michael Curtiz



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