Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by the First Mrs. Lee Marvin

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iUniverse, Sep 6, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
At sixteen, Betty runs away from the small river town she's always known, to live in Los Angeles with her father, an outrageous used car salesman and avid gambler. It is the first journey in what will be a remarkable life among remarkable people: Betty's first job out of college is as Joan Crawford's nanny, caring for the Crawford children at the height of the star's career. Hollywood is about to play an even larger role in Betty's life when she meets a young ambitious actor named Lee Marvin. After a whirlwind courtship and a trip to Las Vegas, Betty and Lee are married. In this unique memoir, both hilarious and touching, we follow Betty as she creates a family with Lee, and is by his side as he works with Marlon Brando, John Wayne and a host of other stars. She is the penultimate hostess and Hollywood Housewife. Nobody knew what was really going on at home - until, unable to take Lee's womanizing, drinking and abuse, Betty leaves him and strikes out on her own. What follows are adventures that could only be Betty Marvin's; from the building of her career as an artist. To a love affair with an Italian King, to dire straits as investment con artists leave Betty suddenly homeless. After years of the Hollywood life, Betty is left with only her car, her dog and her typewriter. Forced to employ all of her skills to survive, she comes out on top. This is the story of a woman who finds the real riches that come with learning the value of a joyful life.
 

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A most interesting book that was a quick read. While it could have used a better editor/proofreader, the book held your interest, not just during the time the author was married to Lee Marvin but her ... Read full review

Contents

Finding Daddy in the Land of Milk and Honey
1
Look at Me Playing DressUp for Rushing
16
Alone on My Own in LA
20
Learning Lifes Lessons
26
The Strange New World of a Hollywood Nanny
34
The Real Joan Crawford
47
Hold Onto Your Seats for a Whirlwind Romance
64
Love and Marriage Is Every Girls Goal
71
Paris V Brings High Fashion at a Low Time
153
Losing Hope
161
Losing Heart
171
Waking Up from a Bad Dream
183
The Final Big Blow
192
Breaking Out of Prison
198
Packing Up and Moving On
205
The King and I on a Roman Holiday
210

Big Career Change
81
The Woman Who Came to Dinner and Stayed
86
Movies Baby Movies Baby and So On
95
One Crazy Family
109
Moving On Up
114
Theres No Such Thing as a Little Lie
124
Good Causes Raise Self Esteem
134
Where Are You? Dont Tell Me
142
Hitting the Bottom Blues
146
School Days of an Art Junky
215
My Studio Life inVenice
222
Flying High and Glad To Be Alive
229
Family Wedding Brings Back Memories of Divorce
235
My Second Home
239
A Test in Courage
253
Playing House with Jolly Robert
269
Taking Inventory
278
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