Film’s First Family – Book Giveaway (Nov)

“Film’s First Family: The Untold Story of the Costellos”
We have FOUR Books to Give Away this month!

“It is as gripping as an epic novel” – Kevin Brownlow, Filmmaker and Film Historian

It’s time for our next book giveaway contest! This month CMH is very happy to announce that we will be giving away FOUR COPIES of Film’s First Family: The Untold Story of the Costellos” by Terry Chester Shulman, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from now through Oct 26.

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Nov 23 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on four 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.

  • Nov 2: One Winner
  • Nov 9: One Winner
  • Nov 16: One Winner
  • Nov 23: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday Nov 24 at 9PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

“The Goddess of the Silent Screen” Dolores Costello married John Barrymore in 1928. They are Drew Barrymore’s grandparents.


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, November 23 at 9PM 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

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win the “Film’s First Family: The Untold Story of the Costellos” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub You can #EnterToWin here

What is it about the Costellos that intrigue you? And if you’re not familiar with their legacy, why do you want to win this book?

*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 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:  Scandal, adultery, secret marriages, celebrity, divorce, custody battles, suicide attempts, and alcoholism ― the trials and tribulations of the Costellos were as riveting as any Hollywood feature film. Written with unprecedented access to the family’s personal documents and artifacts ― and interviews with several family members, including Dolores Barrymore Bedell (the daughter of John Barrymore and Dolores Costello) and Helene’s daughter Deirdre ― this riveting study explores the dramatic history of the Costellos and their extraordinary significance to the stage and screen. The original members of this pioneering family may be gone, but the name and legacy of the Costellos will live on through their accomplishments, films, and descendants―most notably, actress Drew Barrymore.

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 by clicking here:


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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25 Responses to Film’s First Family – Book Giveaway (Nov)

  1. Destiny L Drake says:

    Because, I would love to know more about film’s first family, it would help with my film studies.

  2. Erin sullivan says:

    I’m interested in reading the book.

  3. Tony Lilich says:

    I really would like to win..I know nothing about the first family.

    • Susan says:

      I am interested in the early careers of Helene and Dolores. What made Maurice Costello a “matinee idol”? And the family anecdotes of Dolores Barrymore Befell and Helene Costello’s daughter, Deirdre.

  4. Mark PAGAN says:

    Of course I’m not familiar – it is, after all, the UNTOLD story! {g} But there is a way to remedy that bit of ignorance, and that’s why I’m here. ¡Buena suerte a todos!

  5. Cher Bibler says:

    I don’t know much about the Costellos, but the book sounds fascinating and I’d love to be a winner! I have to confess when I was young I had a crush on John Drew Barrymore, and I even wrote him a fan letter (it wasn’t answered).

  6. Carl says:

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I was totally unaware of the legacy of the Costello family in American film. I’m always excited to learn more about the people that made things happen back in those great days. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  7. Jodi says:

    I’d like to win because I sadly don’t know much about the Costellos.

  8. BRITTANEY B says:

    I love that we are seeing some of the various era’s popular but mostly forgotten stars receive the attention they deserve with many new publications.

    I’ve always been fascinated by Hollywood history and would love to learn more about this family.

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

  9. Years ago the local library had a silent film festival and I saw Don Juan (1926). How is the possible to see John Barrymore at his peak and not be mesmerized? I am somewhat familiar with Dolores Costello but had not idea they were the first film family so would love to learn more.

  10. Vickie L Gleason says:

    I really do not know anything about the First Family so would love to learn more!

  11. Joan O’Malley says:

    Loved Dolores Costello in The Magnificent Ambersons” but never knew her family background. Sounds like an interesting and intriguing read.

  12. Laurie says:

    This book sounds fascinating! I don’t know anything about this family and am very intrigued. 🙂 I love reading about classic Hollywood and always learn about shows or movies I haven’t seen and it leads me to more fun things to watch or listen to…
    I thought the Barrymore’s were considered the first family of film and here one of the Costellos married one of them!

  13. Javier Valverde says:

    What intrigues me about the Costellos is the life of Dolores, the one I’m familiar with. I’ve always wanted to know more about her life and work in Hollywood but little is written about her. I know she was a big movie star in the 20s and was the Queen of the Lot at Warners. I saw her interview on Kevin Brownlow’s Hollywood and she was fascinating to watch. I want to know why she married John Barrymore when she deserved better.

  14. Nancy says:

    I find the Costellos intriguing because I love reading about early film and film stars and I don’t know much about them.

  15. Pet demo says:

    I don’t know much about the Costellos, but I’m fascinated about old time Hollywood and want to learn.

  16. Lorraine Hickman says:

    Intrigued because I’d like to see more of Delores Costello’s films on TCM. I haven’t seen many of her movies.

  17. Christopher S says:

    Pioneers and early influencers of film have always intrigued me. To learn more detail and background about the Costello’s would be fantastic! Thanks for the chance!

  18. Carolsue Ezovski says:

    I have never heard of Dolores, but I do know (and like) John and Drew Barrymore. This would be interesting to learn more about them.
    I tweeted using @MsCarolsueA

  19. Jason Fiske says:

    What fascinates me is that the lineage has gone on towards the Barrymore’s, a family that most people know today. Love to learn more.

  20. Matt says:

    The origins of the first generation of Hollywood luminaries is always intriguing.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  21. Sara Stewart says:

    I know so little about the Costellos, but the Barrymores are such a fascinating and talented family, it would be incredible to see how the dynamics between the families worked.

  22. They’re a fascinating family — AND they have a Dickens connection, as Maurice Costello starred in the 1911 “A Tale of Two Cities.” I always appreciate a good Dickens connection. 🙂

  23. Todd Howell says:

    I know nothing about them but would love to learn more!

  24. Coach Billy Slobin says:

    I am actually NOT familiar with The Costellos which is amazing to me as I am a classic film maniac
    Perhaps my knowledge of the silent era needs. Some upgrades which is why I’d love to win this great prize

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