Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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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