Reading: Joan Crawford - Not the Girl Next Door

by Helene Malmsio

Just finished reading an autobiography of Joan Crawford - Not the Girl Next Door.

I always found her a fascinating personality, so strong and confident and seemingly brash, reminded me of my mother and her attempts to appear confident.

She had a truly hard life, and as a movie star she didn't go easy on herself either.

Joan had truly awesome self discipline in her personal habits and work ethic.

I think that I would have liked Joan, and I certainly admire how she stayed in control of her life despite ups and downs from the men and the money issues of her last husband.

A real Woman in Charge.

She adopted four kids and the first two were total shits that wrote the disgusting "Mommie Dearest" book in the 70's that became the even worse movie... just vile and loathesome distortion of Joan as a mother to these two monsters.

I hope people are reading the genuine biographies of movie stars like Joan Crawford.

I don't know when I last saw one of her movies. Today's generation will have no idea who these legends even were... so sad.

Joan Crawford - Not the Girl Next Door

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The author draws on the recorded words of Joan Crawford and those who knew her well to paint a rich portrait of the woman and the star.

Joan Crawford was born Lucille LeSueur in Texas in 1908. She became a chorus girl in silent films before finding her voice in Possessed(1931) with Clark Gable. Their affair would continue, on and off screen, for many years.

Throughout the thirties, Joan continued to earn critical acclaim for her forte of playing career women who never gave up.

Her Oscar-winning film Mildred Piercein 1945 began the long-running feud between Joan and Bette Davis, which reached its height with Whatever Happened to Baby Janein 1962. Joan was married four times including once to Douglas Fairbanks Jr, who spoke extensively to Charlotte Chandler for this book.

Following her death, Joan's decision to cut her eldest children out of her will prompted her daughter Christina to write the damning bookMommie Dearest which changed Joan's image forever.

Charlotte Chandler spent many hours recording interviews with Joan and also those closest to her.

What emerges is a subtle portrait of a complex women and a new insight into the legendary actress.

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