Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford

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Harper Collins, Jun 28, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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The definitive biography of a remarkable woman and true legend of film

Joan Crawford was one of the most incandescent film stars of all time, yet she may have also been 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 portrayed in her adopted daughter Christina Crawford’s memoir, Mommie Dearest—to give us a three-dimensional portrait of the real woman behind the actress, her dazzling career, and her extraordinary life and times.

Based on new archival information and exclusive interviews, Possessed traces Crawford’s fifty years of memorable performances in such film classics as Rain, The Women, Mildred Pierce, and Sudden Fear, which are as startling and vivid today as when they were first released. Spoto goes behind the myths to examine the rise and fall of the studio system; Crawford’s four marriages; her passionate, thirty-year on-and-off affair with Clark Gable; her friendships and rivalries with other stars; the truth behind the scathing stories in her daughter’s memoir; and more.

 

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User Review  - JEB5 - LibraryThing

All I knew of Joan Crawford is what I had seen in her movies and in "Mommie Dearest" before I read this biography of her. I never knew how sad her story was and that some of the characters she had ... Read full review

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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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Contents

The Flapper Flapping 1925
20
Enter the Prince 19261929
40
Enter the King 19291930
62
FIVE
76
Joan Julie Susanand God 19371940
126
EIGHT
144
Oscar 19431947
168
Children Children 19471951
190
ELEVEN
215
TWELVE
233
THIRTEEN
257
FOURTEEN
278
Acknowledgments
293
Bibliography
311
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About the author (2011)

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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