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Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    More of the same, it would seem

    I got this book as a gift because of my almost life-long fascination with Miss Crawford and her films. It seems to me that there are two kinds of Joan Crawford bios, the trashy, exposes which try to further the "Mommie Dearest" lies, or defensive whitewashes of Joan's life. This leans to the defensive side, and serves more as a very brief overview of some of Miss Crawford's films. Admittedly, I have just finished my first, cursory read of this book, and will read it again, but I must say that my first impression wasn't really all that good. Perhaps I'll review again if I find anything worth reviewing after the second read.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Huge disappointment

    I've read Spoto's bios before so I expected this one to be highly entertaining and full of facts. But all I got was a rehashing of each of her films and the same old stories about her life. The main portion of the book is dedicated to her films. The real life of Joan Crawford would be fascinating to read about. Instead we get what I think is a fan's view of what he wished Crawford was like. Spoto also takes Christina Crawford to task for writing Mommy Dearest and dismisses her allegations of child abuse. But he quotes from her liberally to support the weak frame of real life information. He goes out of his way to attack Christopher Crawford, stating "He never held down any job for long." That would've been a good place to mention that Christopher served his country in Vietnam. But Spoto is determined to discount both Christina and Christopher's stories, making the abused children into liars and louses. Someone should tell this author that Christina Crawford's story was verified not only by people who disliked Joan, but also by her friends! As a fan of Crawfor's work, I'm able to separate the work from the person, so why not Spoto? I agree that Miss Joan Crawford was an amazing actress, but that doesn't make her perfect. She had her flaws and one of them was adopting kids she couldn't emotionally care for. I guess if you want to read about Joan's work on each of her films and not much new about her personal life (I didn't read a thing I hadn't already heard) then this is the book for you. But IF you're looking for a juicy bio, this is NOT it.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    dull

    for someone who seemed to have such a exciting life this book was beyond dull. he also tells the story from Joan's perspective. there is nothing here beyond a press release. he is so in awe of her there is no dirt all how wonderful Joan is. no one is THAT good. this book sucks.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    More Insight

    While an avid fan of Joan Crawford, I still find more to learn about the screen icon. While a bit droll in areas, this biograohy is written in true non-fiction candor- the telling of fact with very little personal opinion showing through. While opinion makes for a better read, a true fan will be glad to know more of Joan as an actress with minimsl Mommie Dearest showing through. A great read for the true golden days of Hollywood fans.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Big deal!!!!!

    Got this book but i willtell you this i read mommie dearest anif that were todayshed would havenotbeen able toadoptanymorekids possed isntjusta named its forreal thank god shes not around to acttoday if she wereshed fit rt inwith theweirdos today

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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