Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Film's First Family – The Untold Story of the Costellos - Kentucky Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Film's First Family: The Untold Story of the Costellos

Terry Chester Shulman


The story of the Costellos is the story of the twentiethcentury’s second most accomplished family of actors—second only to the Barrymores, with whom they intermarried to beget a dynasty of unrivaled importance tothe stage and screen. Maurice Costello became what Photoplay called “the first recognized star in movies,” as well as the first screen heartthrob and the first truly modern screen actor. His daughter Helene was the first actress to star in an all-talking picture, The Lights of New York, in 1928. His daughter Dolores was a major star in her own right before marrying John Barrymore and b ... More

Keywords: Costello, Barrymore, first great star, first screen heartthrob

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178097
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terry Chester Shulman, author