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Posted February 8, 2008
Most biographical accounts of Joan Crawford depict her as a woman who was both highly talented and highly flawed, but a 'martyr' hardly comes to mind, and especially does not come to mind after reading this book. The author does a fairly good job of showing her as a product of her hardscrabble upbringing, but then seems to veer off course, seemingly buying into her own publicity as a real life 'Mildred Pierce.' For one thing, he completely dismisses Christina Crawford's scathing biography of her mother as having no merit whatsoever. Undoubtedly Christina Crawford's over-the-top book was heavily embellished and tainted by her own sour grapes over her disinheritance, but with her mother's well-documented drinking problems, multiple affairs, and public feuds with competing female leads, it is not that far a reach to believe she was not exactly the most devoted mother of her time. He points to Crawford's twin daughters dismissal of their older sister's book as proof that the story was fabricated, but ignores the fact that the two youngsters were shipped off to boarding school at the tender young age of eight. Another thing--Is it me, or did anyone else who read this book find the author obsessed with labeling nearly every Hollywood actor or actress in Crawford's circle as either gay or bisexual? While I am sure there were plenty who fit this description, the author took so much space detailing his beliefs about one person or another, that it began to take away from the Crawford story itself. Joan Crawford was a fascinating woman, but there are better biographies on this subject.
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Posted July 12, 2009
I couldn't finish reading this book. I should have looked at the reviews before purchasing it. I agree with what the other two reviews state. I wish I had my receipt.. I would return mine too!
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Posted July 15, 2010
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