Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star

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"Joan Crawford's iconic beauty, dazzling confidence, and sheer toughness made her the very definition of a star. Her formidable talent won her an Oscar for 1945's Mildred Pierce and shines through in other classics such as Grand Hotel, The Women, and Possessed. Focusing on the often overlooked first half of her career, this lavish volume reclaims her place in the canon of glamour." "Beginning with her screen debut in 1925, Crawford pioneered a new depth that had not been seen before in roles for women. Her domineering charisma gave audiences a ...
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Overview

"Joan Crawford's iconic beauty, dazzling confidence, and sheer toughness made her the very definition of a star. Her formidable talent won her an Oscar for 1945's Mildred Pierce and shines through in other classics such as Grand Hotel, The Women, and Possessed. Focusing on the often overlooked first half of her career, this lavish volume reclaims her place in the canon of glamour." "Beginning with her screen debut in 1925, Crawford pioneered a new depth that had not been seen before in roles for women. Her domineering charisma gave audiences a new kind of heroine, one with whom women - and many men - could identify in ways they never had before. With her beguiling ability to mix ambition, sex appeal, and vulnerability, Joan laid the way for today's actresses." Although she was a product of the studio system, Crawford was also the first star to fully understand the importance of crafting her own image. She spent countless hours shooting with the brilliant photographer George Hurrell and cultivated a close relationship with Hollywood's finest couturier Adrian. As the photos here attest, she had an uncanny ability to spark chemistry, on and off screen, with the leading men of her halcyon days - among them Ramon Novarro, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and Lionel Barrymore. Drawing from archives around the world and including more than a hundred photos unseen in the past twenty-five years, Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star reintroduces us to this ultimate Hollywood legend.
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"The self-made glamour goddess DOES fully deserve the glossy treatment she's getting in Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star, a lush new Rizzoli book by Peter Cowie." ~The Village Voice

"It's likely that most people younger than 35 only know the lady as the rumored, child-abusing clean freak...But all that is about to change. Peter Cowie's beautifully illustrated JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ENDURING STAR offers a fresh revaluation of the legend's legacy that should undo much of that damage." ~Instinct Magazine

"There is no better current photo album for contemplation...a frank account of Crawford's life and career that interacts with the wealth of accompanying photographs." ~Cinemonkey.com


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789322531
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 803,142
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Cowie is a film historian and author of some thirty books. Formerly the international director of Variety, he now serves as consultant for the Berlin Film Festival and contributes commentaries for Criterion Collection releases. Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Holllywood. He also teaches courses at Stanford University. George Cukor was one of the greatest directors of Hollywood’s golden age. His credits include Little Women, The Women, The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, and A Star Is Born.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 A Talent for Living (1904-1929) 6

2 The Sublimation of an Image (1929-1935) 46

3 A Woman of Discipline (1935-1940) 130

4 The Reluctant Domina (1940-1970) 166

Afterword 217

Filmography 219

Source Notes 221

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