Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr

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Da Capo Press, Apr 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In the first fully uncensored biography of Joan Crawford, bestselling author David Bret follows Crawford from working in a Kansas City laundry to collecting an Oscar for Mildred Pierce, including details from her countless love affairs and her devotion toward Christian Science. Bret also divulges how her loathed mother forced her to work as a prostitute and use sex strategically, as well as what really led her to disinherit two of her four children, earning her the moniker “Mommie Dearest.” Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and interviews with stars like Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks, David Bret presents a fascinating portrait of a single-minded, uncompromising woman.
 

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I love this book it is very interesting to read and the pictures of her in the book are breath taking and any Joan Crawford fan should get a copy of this book. Read full review

JOAN CRAWFORD: Hollywood Martyr

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A flat, superficial biography that obsesses over Crawford's sex life as intensely as Crawford reportedly obsessed over having sex. Along with Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, Bret finds ... Read full review

Contents

1 Billie Cassin and the Casting Couch 1
1
Darling of Homosexuals 12
12
3 Cinderella and the Prince 31
31
4 Gable 49
49
5 The Stenographer and Sadie 63
63
6 Mother Goddam and the JawBreaker 80
80
7 The Shopgirls Dream 103
103
8 The Caddy and the Children From Hell 127
127
13 Her Serene Crawfordship 238
238
Epilogue 260
260
The Films of Joan Crawford 262
262
The French Titles 277
277
Radio Appearances 280
280
Television Appearances 283
283
Mommie Dearest 285
285
Joan Crawford Always the Star 287
287

9 Long Live the Queen of Hollywood 152
152
10 Black Eyes Brats and Bimbos 170
170
11 The Temple of Saint Joan 191
191
12 The Widow Steele and Baby Jane 214
214
Bibliography 289
289
Acknowledgements 292
292
Index 293
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About the author (2009)

French-born David Bret's previous books include biographies of subjects as diverse as Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Rudolph Valentino, Morrissey, and Rock Hudson. He lives in Yorkshire, England.

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