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Film's First FamilyThe Untold Story of the Costellos$
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Terry Chester Shulman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178097

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178097.001.0001

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East to Eden

East to Eden

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Film's First Family

Terry Chester Shulman

University Press of Kentucky

Dolores is born in Pittsburgh’s Soho, one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods for an infant. Typhoid runs rampant, and tenement life is horrific. Maurice ison the road at the time of her birth, working his way up from tent shows to stock companies. As soon as financially possible, he moves his growing family to New York, where he is eventually hired by the Spooner Company of Brooklyn. The Spooner sisters have fast become a powerhouse in the male-dominated theatrical world, and as a member of their company Maurice firmly establishes himself as a legitimate stage actor. Mae’s second pregnancy and her growing dissatisfaction with Maurice’s incomeforce him to consider having a go at the movies.

Keywords:   Dolores’s birth, stock companies, Brooklyn theater, Spooner sisters, Mae’s second pregnancy

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