Talia Castellano Bio

Check out all that you wanted to know about Talia Castellano, the famous YouTuber; her rise to stardom, family life, trivia facts and lots more.

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 18, 1999

Nationality: American

Died At Age: 13

Sun Sign: Leo

Born in: Orlando, Florida

Famous as: YouTuber


father: Marc Winthrop

mother: Desiree Castellano

siblings: Mattia Castellano

Died on: July 16, 2013

place of death: Orlando, Florida

Cause of Death: Cancer

U.S. State: Florida

City: Orlando, Florida

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Talia Castellano was a young cancer-stricken YouTube celebrity who became famous for her makeup and fashion tutorials. Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, she battled neuroblastoma and leukemia for over six years. In addition to fashion, she also used her channel as a platform to raise awareness about the diseases she suffered from. Her courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges made her a popular covergirl and she was featured in various magazines, such as, ‘Cosmopolitan,’ ‘Teen Vogue’ and ‘Seventeen.’ Later, along with designer Urbana Chappa, who had also been a cancer patient, she launched a clothing line as well. The line was successful; but despite the earnings, her family struggled financially as most of the money was spent on her high medical bills. Talia bravely went through various types of therapies and treatments. However, there was no proper treatment available to tackle both cancers at the same time and she finally passed away on 16 July 2013 at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in Fern Park, Florida, just one month before she would have turned fourteen.

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The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
  • Talia Castellano began her YouTube channel while undergoing cancer treatment. She soon became famous because of her unique makeup tutorials that specifically dealt with the makeup issues girls with cancer faced. Her first makeup video ‘Crazy Eyeliner’ was uploaded in August 2011. It gained over 30,000 views and encouraged her to make more such videos. Within a span of months, Talia received considerable popularity and soon her talent was discovered by Covergirl cosmetics who signed her to a year-long contract. It was worth $100,000. Her unique talents were also noticed by Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Talia to her talk show as a guest.
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Personal Life
  • Talia Castellano was born on August 18, 1999 in Orlando, Florida, to Desiree Castellano and Marc Winthrop. She had three siblings, Kaitlyn, Jackson and Mattia. After her first diagnosis, Talia bonded with Tammy DeLaRosa, a family friend who also had been a cancer survivor. It was DeLaRosa, who first taught her how to use makeup and thus gave her the motivation to start her YouTube channel. Along with makeup, Talia also talked about her battle with her aggressive cancer in some of her videos, and had stated that she had overcome the fear of death. She believed that when it would be her turn to go, she had to go eventually.
  • As revealed by her in her videos, her cancer, with which she had been first diagnosed in 2007, was very aggressive. She was cancer free for a year after going through chemotherapy, surgery, radiation as well as antibody treatments. However, the cancer relapsed later with a small lymph node near her heart, after which she again had to go through treatments which included surgery, and later radiation and chemotherapy. She became cancer free once again, but it returned again after almost two years. With chemotherapy and surgery, she became cancer free for a third time. However, her cancer came back for the fourth time in 2011, and as stated by her in her videos, it was very severe and had spread to her bone marrow. She passed away on 16 July 2013, at the early age of 13, just around a month before she would have turned fourteen. Despite her short and painful life, she had appeared in many popular fashion shows in order to help raise money for cancer research. She also helped raise awareness about how to help cancer patients.
  • Her father, Marc Winthrop, tried his best to find a cure for neuroblastoma during her illness, for which he co-founded a charity ‘Band of Parents’, which later became one of the biggest supporters of neuroblastoma research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a renowned cancer treatment and research institution in New York City.

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