Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Hollywood Martyr

Book - 2007
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In the first biography of Joan Crawford to give the full, uncensored story, bestselling author David Bret tells Crawford's rags to riches climb, from working in a Kansas City laundry to collecting an Oscar for her defining role in Mildred Pierce, and on to her devotion to Christian Science and reliance on vodka. He discusses the star's legendary relationship with Clark Gable, her countless love affairs, her marriages -- three of them to gay men -- and her obsession with rough sex. Bret divulges what really happened that led her to disinherit two of her four children, earning her the nickname "Mommie Dearest," as well as how her loathed mother forced Crawford to work as a prostitute, appear in pornographic films, and sleep her way to the top. Bret analyzes Crawford's films, many of which were constructed purely as vehicles where actress and character were often indistinguishable. Overtly generous towards her coterie of gay friends, she was heartless towards her enemies, particularly Bette Davis, her co-star in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, with whom she shared a lifelong feud. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and interviews, David Bret presents a unique, fascinating portrait of a single-minded, uncompromising woman.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007.
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition.
ISBN: 9780786718689
Characteristics: x, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

Anyway - (As the story goes) - When it comes down to Joan Crawford's four marriages - You now no longer have to wonder why three of her "husbands-of-choice" were, in fact, gay?

At the very height of her popularity as one of Hollywood's most celebrated and glamourous actresses of her generation - Joan Crawford, literally, personified the dreams, the ambitions, and the disappointments of millions of American women.

Competently written by author, David Bret - "Hollywood Martyr" (featuring startling new information) is the very first biography of Crawford to give the readers the full, uncensored story of this woman's turbulent life.

Drawing from a wealth of unpublished material, along with revealing interviews - Bret presents a distinctively intriguing portrait of Crawford as a single-minded, uncompromising woman.

This book also includes a 16-page photo gallery, as well.

Sep 30, 2011

Good and readable bio. Says the Mommie Dearest book by her daughter is full of it.

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