Possessed LP: The Life of Joan Crawford

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Harper Collins, Nov 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 562 pages
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Joan Crawford was one of the most incandescent film stars of all time, yet she was also one of the most misunderstood. In this brilliantly researched, thoughtful, and intimate biography, bestselling author Donald Spoto goes beyond the popular caricature—the abusive, unstable mother of her adopted daughter Christina Crawfords memoir, Mommie Dearest—to give us a three-dimensional portrait of a very human woman, her dazzling career, and her extraordinarily dramatic life and times. Illuminating and entertaining, Possessed is the definitive biography of this remarkable woman and true legend of film.

  

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User Review  - knahs - LibraryThing

Fairly good biography on Joan Crawford that describes her dismal beginnings, her determination to get ahead, her rise in Hollywood, and eventual decline. The book debunks most of Mommie Dearest with ... Read full review

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User Review  - CS Burrough - Goodreads

Donald Spoto is one of my favourite Hollywood biographers. I've read five Crawford biographies and find it impossible to rate one higher than the others. Inescapably, many details are rehashed across ... Read full review

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Contents

A Prairie Bernhardt 19061924
1
The Flapper Flapping 1925
33
Enter the Prince 19261929
66
Enter the King 19291930
102
Virtuous Vices 19311932
134
Mrs Tone 19321937
167
Joan Julie Susan and God 19371940
209
A Trilogy of Transformations 19411942
246
Children Children 19471951
316
Carrying a Torch Song 19521955
357
Some of the Best of Everything 19551962
387
Miss Crawford Is a Star 19621970
427
FadeOut 19711977
462
Acknowledgments
487
Bibliography
515
Copyright

Oscar 19431947
279

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About the author (2010)

Donald Spoto has written two dozen bestselling biographies of film and theater stars—among them Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Ingrid Bergman, and Marilyn Monroe. Born in Westchester County, near New York City, he now lives in Denmark.

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