New York Times bestselling author Donald Spoto has already brilliantly explored the lives and careers of numerous Hollywood stars and entertainment icons—Grace Kelly, James Dean, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe, to name but a few. In Possessed, his subject is the inimitable Joan Crawford, one of the most electrifying divas of the Golden Age of American film. A more thorough, revealing, and sympathetic portrait of the often maligned movie star—most notably lambasted, perhaps, in the scandalous bestseller, Mommy Dearest—Possessed is a fascinating study of the real Joan Crawford, a remarkable actress, businesswoman, mother, and lover.
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...while he is excellent on...the star system, his attempts to discredit Christina's account of life with her mother come across as mean-spirited. A star – and everyone knows she is a star – shouldn't need such limp excuses made on her behalf.Read Full Review of Possessed: The Life of Joan C... | See more reviews from Guardian
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