Possessed by Donald Spoto
The Life of Joan Crawford

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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.
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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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DONALD SPOTO is the author of twenty-six books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Fordham University. Spoto is married to the Danish school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen. They live in Denmark.
 
Published November 9, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 565 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Victoria Segal on Aug 21 2012

...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.

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