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Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, a…

Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, a Personal Biography

by Charlotte Chandler

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A wonderful biography about one of my favorite actresses , Joan Crawford. Everyone is probably familiar with the Mommie Dearest movie starring Faye Dunaway with the infamous wire hanger scene. This book however, offers a different side of the relationship between Joan and her daughter Cristina as well as her infamous feuding with Bette Davis. Filled with intimate details of her family life, loves, and experiences, Not The Girl Next Door offers a refreshing perspective of one of the great actresses of Old Hollywood. ( )
  jonesli | Mar 8, 2009 |
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In this new biography, Chandler draws on exclusive and remarkably candid interviews with Crawford herself and with others who knew her, including first husband Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. As a result, this biography is a brand-new look at one of Hollywood's most acclaimed stars. Although her adopted daughter Christina would publish the scathing memoir Mommie Dearest after Crawford's death, Chandler offers a contrasting portrait, drawing in part on reminiscences of younger daughter Cathy among others. The result is an intimate portrait of a great star who was beautiful, talented, glamorous, and surprisingly vulnerable.--From publisher description.… (more)

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