Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography by Lawrence J. Quirk

By Lawrence J. Quirk

" Joan Crawford: the basic Biography explores the lifestyles and occupation of 1 of Hollywood's nice dames. She was once a number one movie character for greater than fifty years, from her beginnings as a dancer in silent movies of the Twenties, to her portrayals of working-class store women within the melancholy thirties, to her Oscar-winning performances in vintage movies equivalent to Mildred Pierce. Crawford's legacy has turn into a bit tarnished within the wake of her daughter Christina's memoir, Mommie Dearest, which grew to become her right into a nationwide shaggy dog story. at the present time, many photo Crawford merely as a twine hanger-wielding shrew instead of the personification of Hollywood glamour. This new biography of Crawford units the list directly, going past the gossip to discover the reality concerning the mythical actress. The authors knew Crawford good and carried out ratings of interviews along with her and plenty of of her associates and co-stars, together with Frank Capra, George Cukor, Nicholas Ray, and Sidney Greenstreet. faraway from a whitewash -- Crawford was once certainly a colourful and hard personality -- Joan Crawford corrects many lies and tells the tale of 1 of Hollywood's such a lot influential stars, entire with on-set anecdotes and different motion picture lore. via large interviews, in-depth research, and assessment of her motion pictures and performances -- either successes and screw ups -- Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell current Crawford's tale as either an appreciation and a reevaluation of her notable lifestyles and profession. full of new interviews, Joan Crawford tells the behind-the-scenes tale of the Hollywood icon. Lawrence J. Quirk is the writer of many books on movie, together with Bob desire: the line Well-Traveled. William Schoell is the writer of numerous entertainment-related books, together with Martini guy: The lifetime of Dean Martin.

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Haines pursued a highly successful career as an interior decorator, and his clients came to include major movie stars and other famous people like Walter Annenberg, Nancy Reagan, and many others. Joan not only encouraged Haines and was one of his biggest clients, but also recommended him to many of her friends and associates. In her most important early film, Our Dancing Daughters, Joan would finally have the role that would send her spiraling into the dizzying heights of stardom for decades to come.

Joan resolved to make the best of the experience. She said later, "The Boob strengthened my ambitions .... That was a rut, and I became rut-allergic with a vengeance after I made it! " On loan to First National in early 1926, Joan appeared in Tramp Tramp Tramp, in which she served as romantic foil to Harry Langdon. In the '20s, Langdon's career as a comedian was thriving, thanks in part to his partnership with Frank Capra (before he became Hollywood's most sought-after director), who wrote stories that highlighted Langdon's distinctive comic gifts.

He switched off so abruptly it made my head spin. He was always rushing to call Garbo. Once, I recall, she came to see him from a nearby set and he was as excited, showoff-y and nervous as any high school boy. What that lady did to that man was a caution indeed! Despite these disadvantages-if such they were-Gilbert and Joan played very well together, and, as Mayer predicted, the chemistry was just right. No romance was ever to develop between them, but they did do another picture together a year later.

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