The Life of Joan Crawford

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New York Times bestselling author Donald Spoto has already brilliantly explored the lives and careers of numerous Hollywood stars and entertainment icons--Grace Kelly, James Dean, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe, to name but a few. In Possessed, his subject is the inimitable Joan Crawford, one of the most electrifying divas of the Golden Age of American film. A more thorough, revealing, and sympathetic portrait of the often maligned movie star--most notably lambasted, perhaps, in the scandalous bestseller, Mommy Dearest--Possessed is a fascinating study of the real Joan Crawford, a remarkable actress, businesswoman, mother, and lover.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010
ISBN: 9780061856006
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 CRA SPO
Characteristics: xvi, 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jun 29, 2017

A past commenter called this book boring! Well, I beg to differ! It truly shows Joan Crawford for the flawed human being she was, and seeks to inform rather than entertain, which is what I think the previous patron found boring about it!

Apr 03, 2017

Renewed interest in the lives of these silver screen stars due to the new series "Feud".
Great acting by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.

Nov 08, 2015

Unfortunately a very disappointing and boring book:(

ChristchurchLib Jun 16, 2014

"In this "balanced and readable account" (Library Journal) of a sometimes maligned film star, celebrity biographer Donald Spoto explores the life of Joan Crawford. Drawing on her personal papers, as well as previous biographical works, Spoto endeavors to rehabilitate her reputation (damaged by her daughter Christina Crawford's exposé in Mommie Dearest) and highlight her professional and business achievements. From her impoverished childhood to a dancing career on Broadway to Hollywood, Crawford worked incredibly hard -- but also made a name for herself as a self-absorbed diva. Bringing together different views of Crawford, Possessed delivers a thoroughly researched appraisal of her life and career, including her relationships with other film stars." Biography and Memoir June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e76de127-9f54-4458-8077-5d8066564263?postId=54838571-24e0-4163-a99d-324dcb72dea9

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