Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

The Essential Biography

Book - 2002
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University of Kentucky

" Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography explores the life and career of one of Hollywood's great dames. She was a leading film personality for more than fifty years, from her beginnings as a dancer in silent films of the 1920s, to her portrayals of working-class shop girls in the Depression thirties, to her Oscar-winning performances in classic films such as Mildred Pierce. Crawford's legacy has become somewhat tarnished in the wake of her daughter Christina's memoir, Mommie Dearest, which turned her into a national joke. Today, many picture Crawford only as a wire hanger-wielding shrew rather than the personification of Hollywood glamour. This new biography of Crawford sets the record straight, going beyond the gossip to find the truth about the legendary actress. The authors knew Crawford well and conducted scores of interviews with her and many of her friends and co-stars, including Frank Capra, George Cukor, Nicholas Ray, and Sidney Greenstreet. Far from a whitewash -- Crawford was indeed a colorful and difficult character -- Joan Crawford corrects many lies and tells the story of one of Hollywood's most influential stars, complete with on-set anecdotes and other movie lore. Through extensive interviews, in-depth analysis, and evaluation of her films and performances -- both successes and failures -- Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell present Crawford's story as both an appreciation and a reevaluation of her extraordinary life and career. Filled with new interviews, Joan Crawford tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Hollywood icon. Lawrence J. Quirk is the author of many books on film, including Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled. William Schoell is the author of several entertainment-related books, including Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin.

Baker & Taylor
Based on new interviews, this fresh portrayal of an American film legend retraces her steps from her beginnings in silent films in the 1920s through her Oscar-winning performance in Mildred Pierce and subsequent decline. (Biography)

Publisher: Lexington, KY : University Press of Kentucky, c2002
ISBN: 9780813122540
Branch Call Number: B CRA
Characteristics: xv, 294 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schoell, William


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Jun 07, 2017

The book doesn't delve deep into any area of her life, it more or less skims along describing each and every movie plot she was ever in, and a few tidbits of information about her life at the time.


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