Not the Girl Next Door
Joan Crawford, a Personal Biography
Joan Crawford was born Lucille LeSueur in Texas in 1905 (although she maintained it was 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 Pierce in 1945 began the long-running feud between Joan and Bette Davis, which reached its height with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane in 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 book MOMMIE DEAREST and 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 gives us a new insight into the legendary actress.
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