Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography: The Essential Biography

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University Press 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.

 

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CHILDHOODS END
xi
PRETTY LADY
5
WINDOW DRESSING
17
LIFE AT EL JODO
29
TWO OF A KIND
43
SKIN TONE
59
LOVE THE RUN
75
JUNGLE RED
81
THE BITCH IS BACK
153
THE QUEEN OF PEPSICOLA
173
TEEN IDOL
189
END OF AN ICON
229
SERPENTS TOOTH
237
AFTERWORD
253
FILMOGRAPHY
255
NOTES
259

SCARRED
93
MILDRED
107
POSSESSED
123
VICTIM
142
BIBLIOGRAPHY
267
INDEX
269
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Strona ix - ... awarded the Delia Austrian Medal by the Drama League of New York and the Medal for Good Speech by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1950. She died in New York City. [George's translation of The Nest appears in The Best Plays of 1921-1922. There is an extensive clipping file on her in the Theater Collection at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which also has scrapbooks donated by William Brady. His book, Showman (1937), tells about George's ability...
Strona 21 - I became aware for the first time of the difference between standing in front of a camera and acting. Until then I had been conscious only of myself. Lon Chaney was my introduction to acting. The concentration, the complete absorption he gave to his characterization filled me with such awe I could scarcely speak to him. He was giving one of his absolutely unique characterizations in this. His arms were strapped to his sides in his role of an armless circus performer.
Strona 14 - I was free to go to him for advice of any kind, any time. He was patient with people, had great judgment and didn't play games. Mr. Mayer always had a magic sense of star material, of personality. He knew how to build and protect his 'properties,' and he had a genuine love for them as people.

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