Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 299 pages
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In the first biography of Joan Crawford to give the full, uncensored story, bestselling author David Bret tells Crawford's rags to riches climb, from working in a Kansas City laundry to collecting an Oscar for her defining role in Mildred Pierce, and on to her devotion to Christian Science and reliance on vodka. He discusses the star's legendary relationship with Clark Gable, her countless love affairs, her marriages — three of them to gay men — and her obsession with rough sex. Bret divulges what really happened that led her to disinherit two of her four children, earning her the nickname "Mommie Dearest," as well as how her loathed mother forced Crawford to work as a prostitute, appear in pornographic films, and sleep her way to the top.
Bret analyzes Crawford's films, many of which were constructed purely as vehicles where actress and character were often indistinguishable. Overtly generous towards her coterie of gay friends, she was heartless towards her enemies, particularly Bette Davis, her co-star in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, with whom she shared a lifelong feud.
Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and interviews, David Bret presents a unique, fascinating portrait of a single-minded, uncompromising woman.

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User Review  - Colleen Vacha tuescher - Goodreads

Full of half truths and outright fabrications. So glad I picked this up at goodwill for less than $2, anymore than that would have been criminal. An autobiography written by the subjects dog would have been a better read Read full review

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User Review  - TJ - Goodreads

Lies and tripe. This writer should work for the enquirer! He is full of baseless accusations. meant to sell books and not inform on the life of a person he probably dresses up as every halloween in weho. They called Crawford a bitch? Bret is a the real bitch. Read full review


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French-born David Bret is a leading celebrity biographer. His previous books include biographies of subjects as diverse as Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Rudolf Valentino, Morrissey and Rock Hudson.

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