Five Little Stars: The Dionne Quintuplets, Motherhood, Film and Tourism during the Great Depression

  title={Five Little Stars: The Dionne Quintuplets, Motherhood, Film and Tourism during the Great Depression},
  author={Dominique Br{\'e}gent-Heald},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={54 - 74}
On 28 May 1934, Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile and Marie Dionne were born to a francophone family living in a farmhouse near North Bay. The Ontario Government would declare the first-ever surviving quintuplets wards of the Crown and relocated them to a specially built nursery under the care of Dr. Allan R. Dafoe. Dubbed Quintupletland, the compound became the province’s most popular tourist attraction during the second half of the decade while the Quintuplets became Hollywood film stars. While… 



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