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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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Daddy Butch

Daddy Butch

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Film's First Family

Terry Chester Shulman

University Press of Kentucky

Helene leaves Mussie and comes home. Dolores grows closer to Dr. Vruwink, who her children call Daddy Butch. Before they can marry, he’ll have to divorce his wife Laura. With Jack’s support payments already in arrears, Dolores returns to work. David O. Selznick casts her in the plum role of Dearest in Little Lord Fauntleroy, which becomes a critical and financial success. With her money from the film, Dolores buys a house in the Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles. She sails to Europe with the children to view the coronation of King George VI, but has to come home early when Helene’s recently diagnosed tuberculosis takes a turn for the worse. Helene rallies and gets a bit part in MGM’s Riff Raff, starring Jean Harlow. A grueling rain scene puts her out of commission for several months. In New York, she tries her hand at stage acting, with less than encouraging results. She and Mussie agree to divorce.

Keywords:   Mussie, coronation, tuberculosis, Riff Raff, rain scene

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