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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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Deirdre, Johnny, and Jane

Deirdre, Johnny, and Jane

(p.183) 23 Deirdre, Johnny, and Jane
Film's First Family

Terry Chester Shulman

University Press of Kentucky

Vruwink’s sterility casts a pall on his marriage to Dolores, who desperately wants more children. For this and other reasons, she starts drinking heavily. Helene is offered permanent residence at the Motion Picture Country Home, and with Le Blanc now training with the Merchant Marines, Dolores’s custody of Deirdre is made official despite the fact that Le Blanc continues to welsh on his support agreements. Dolores makes her last film appearance in This Is the Army. John Blyth Barrymore, an unruly and difficult youth, tries his family’s patience. Le Blanc sues Helene for custody and a protracted legal battle begins.

Keywords:   Vruwink’s sterility, Dolores drinks, Motion Picture Country Home, This Is the Army, John Blyth Barrymore, custody fight

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