Miriam Hopkins Book Giveaway (via Twitter in January)

“Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel”
Book Giveaway via Twitter

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are: Joan O, Javier V, Billy S, Laurie C, and Vickie G.

Happy New Year to All! It’s time for our next book giveaway, the first of many for 2018! CMH is happy to say that we will be giving away FIVE COPIES of  “Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel” by Allan R. Ellenberger, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from now through Feb 3. (plus ONE more copy via Facebook and this Blog, details to follow in a few days).

Miriam Hopkins biography Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Feb 3 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Jan 6: One Winner
  • Jan 13: One Winner
  • Jan 20: One Winner
  • Jan 27: One Winner
  • Feb 3: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday Jan 7 at 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE cop via Facebook/Blog as well!


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Feb 3 at 1oPM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

What is one of your favorite Miriam Hopkins films and why? And, if you’re not familiar with her films, why do you want to win this book?

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win the “Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub #CMHContest link: http://ow.ly/KQb830hwfLd

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

ALSO: Please allow us 48 hours to approve your comments. Sorry about that, but we are being overwhelmed with spam, and must sort through 100s of comments…


About the Book: In the first comprehensive biography of this colorful performer, Allan R. Ellenberger illuminates Hopkins’s fascinating life and legacy. Her freewheeling film career was exceptional in studio-era Hollywood, and she managed to establish herself as a top star at Paramount, RKO, Goldwyn, and Warner Bros. Over the course of five decades, Hopkins appeared in thirty-six films, forty stage plays, and countless radio programs. Later, she emerged as a pioneer of TV drama. Ellenberger also explores Hopkins’s private life, including her relationships with such intellectuals as Theodore Dreiser, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Although she was never blacklisted for her suspected Communist leanings, her association with these freethinkers and her involvement with certain political organizations led the FBI to keep a file on her for nearly forty years. This skillful biography treats readers to the intriguing stories and controversies surrounding Hopkins and her career, but also looks beyond her Hollywood persona to explore the star as an uncompromising artist. The result is an entertaining portrait of a brilliant yet under-appreciated performer.


Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon via the below link (click on image):


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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31 Responses to Miriam Hopkins Book Giveaway (via Twitter in January)

  1. francis peters says:

    Well Annmarie I have to say that “Trouble in Paradise” is not only my favorite Miriam Hopkins film but one of my all time favorite films period. The reason I liked it so much can be said in two words “Ernst Lubitsch” To quote a reviewer ” Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch’s masterful touch is in full flower Trouble in Paradise, a pinnacle of the sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention. I would love a copy of this book. Fran Peters

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Francis, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Can you please confirm here if you did tweet, or just let me know if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  2. Craig Buehler says:

    The movies with Joel McCrea are great, and seeing her on the big screen in “Woman chases man” at Cinecon was a highlight of the year for me.

  3. Laura A. says:

    My favorite film of hers is probably the first one I saw, The Richest Girl in the World. After that I tried to seek out more of her films.

  4. Joan O’Malley says:

    It’s a toss up between Old Acquaintance and The Old Maid. Watching her her and Bette Davis playing off each other is exquisite. Knowing they detested each other makes the movies even more fun to study.

  5. Brittaney B says:

    A favorite Miriam Hopkins film? That’s tough, there are a couple. But I guess I’ll go with Trouble in Paradise. I mean you can’t go wrong with Lubitsch as a director, Herbert Marshall and Kay Francis as a co-stars and Charlie Ruggles and Edward Everett Horton in the supporting cast.

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I must admit, I haven’t seen that one yet, but I will look for it now! Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  6. Javier Valverde says:

    My favorite Miriam Hopkins film is The Old Maid (1939) because her acting with Bette Davis as the fueding cousins was a reflection of real life tensions since they didn’t like each other and I’m always fascinated how real life tensions between actors and actresses reflect on the screen. The tension added to the authenticity in their acting.

  7. Carl says:

    I was surprised to find out how little I knew about Miriam Hopkins. One of her films that I think was quite important for its time was The Children’s Hour. While she wasn’t one of the marquee stars of the film I’m sure she brought a wealth of experience to the part. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great looking biography.

  8. Lisa Verigin says:

    It’s a tough call between Trouble in Paradise and The Smiling Lieutenant. Miriam’s performance is just so smart in the former, but her kookiness in the latter is what ultimately, I think, made me a fan.

  9. Emily Mullett says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! I love her in “The Heiress”!!! Will post this via my Twitter

    Just entered to win the “Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub #CMHContest link: http://ow.ly/KQb830hwfLd

  10. Lisa Dare says:

    My favorite Miriam Hopkins film is Design for Living. I liked her elegant and coquettish portrayal. I also enjoyed the chemistry she had with both Fredric March and Gary Cooper.

  11. Zardu says:

    I’ve seen a lot of her movies but I’d have to say that Trouble In Paradise is my favorite! It’s actually one of my favorite movies of all time, and the scene where she and Kay Francis have their little chat while Kay has breakfast in bed just kills me every time.

  12. Billy Slobin says:

    Hi Annmarie!
    Happy New Year
    My favorite Miriam Hopkins films are Design for living and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
    I love the chemistry between her and Gary Cooper and Fredric March in Design.
    She was great in so many roles!

  13. james zeruk says:

    I think my fav Miriam Hopkins film is “Old Acquaintance” because of the way her real life feud with Bette Davis kind of comes to life on the screen!

  14. Kelly says:

    My favorite Miriam Hopkins film is the pre-code “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” from 1932. Miriam’s performance in the film is so wonderful and appealing. Her performance is definitely one of the stand-outs, aside from Fredric March. You really root for her to escape her situation and hope she succeeds, even when you get the feeling it won’t end up that way.

  15. Laurie says:

    I haven’t seen all of Miriam Hopkins’ films. Of the ones I’ve seen my favorite is The Old Maid. I thought she was horrible to her cousin , while pretending to be helpful, and it made for an interesting, yet heartbreaking story.

  16. Vickie Gleason says:

    I am not very familiar with Miriam Hopins and her films and would love to win this book to learn more about her.

  17. Tim Opper says:

    I have never seen a Miriam Hopkins film (that I know of, anyway), and I think this would make a great guide to the importance of her films. I also have two friends whom I can pass this on to after I’ve read it. They’d love to read it!

  18. Hmmm … my favourite Hopkins film? It’s definitely gotta be Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde! She was phenomenal in that film – I’ve never seen another performance quite like her’s. She played that role with reckless abandon and gave the audience exactly what they were looking for (in a character). No holds barred, that’s what always springs to mind when I watch Hopkins in Jekyll & Hyde. A real stand-out!

  19. Kelly Ambrosius says:

    The Story of Temple Drake is so disturbing. Miriam Hopkins showed courage taking on a role like this. Plus it showed her acting depth.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Kelly, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or just let me know here if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

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  21. Brad Harju says:

    I think Miriam Hopkins best roles were in The Old Maid and Old Acquaintances. I enjoy her scenes with Bette Davis and their love/hate relationships. I wish they would have made more movies together.

  22. Dana Burnell says:

    “Trouble in Paradise” is absolutely my favorite Miriam Hopkins movie, and one of the absolute greats of the early Talkie era. Lubitsch, Hopkins, Kay Kay Francis and Herbert Marshall–all sublime. I think my favorite moment is when Hopkins and Marshall first dine together. . . .falling in love through a mutual con game. What could be more Paramount Pictures?
    *Sigh* Just perfection.

  23. Bob Stein says:

    “Becky Sharp” is my favorite Miriam Hopkins film as Hopkins captured the ruthless ambitious nature of her character so thoroughly. Pure delight.

  24. Rebecca Pahle says:

    My favorite is Design for Living. I love a good, risqué Pre-Code.

  25. Jon says:

    I loved Miriam Hopkins with Bette Davis in “Old Acquaintance”. Usually with battling stars, the movies turn out pretty good, and this one is a great example. Goosey, fluttery, infuriating, Hopkins gives Davis every reason to shake the holy hell out of her, and it’s a classic moment in vintage cinema!

  26. Sara Stewart says:

    I know she was only in the movie for a few moments, but I loved her in Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I also loved her in the Old Maid, she and Bette Davis played very well off of each other, even if they didn’t get along.

  27. Chris St Clair says:

    There are so many to choose from! But I am going to say her part as Fran Carleton in “The Mating Season”. It just shows how well she could fit into any type of role and do comedy with the best of them. As Fran Carleton she’s obnoxious but you still love her and would like to know her!

  28. Susan Peninger says:

    I love all Miriam’s performances, but two that stand out are in The Heiress and The Old Maid. Similiar roles that I can never seem to get enough of because of her deftness. She always made her mark whether she was in a supporting role or the lead; her skill was being adaptable to any role. This can’t be said of all actresses.

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