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eBook Joan Crawford: The Last Word epub
  • ISBN: 1857932684
  • Author: Fred Lawrence Guiles
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Chrysalis Books; First Edition edition (March 9, 1995)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1635 kb
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Frederick Lawrence Guiles' intention in 'Joan Crawford: The Last Word' is to liberate the real Joan Crawford from the maniacal control freak enshrined in the public mind by her daughter's hatchet-job biography 'Mommie Dearest' and its subsequent shlock movie adaptation.

Frederick Lawrence Guiles' intention in 'Joan Crawford: The Last Word' is to liberate the real Joan Crawford from the maniacal control freak enshrined in the public mind by her daughter's hatchet-job biography 'Mommie Dearest' and its subsequent shlock movie adaptation

by Fred Lawrence Guiles. I would recommend finding this book that way. This was a good book but probably not one you would read over and over.

by Fred Lawrence Guiles. Not much new information here that wasn't told in Bob Thomas's book. New pictures though, and those are always nice.

by. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014). Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977. Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography.

Fred Lawrence Guiles was an American writer. Guiles was the biographer of such Hollywood figures as Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda, and Andy Warhol. Reassesses the life and career of Joan Crawford, describes her complex personality, and looks at her major film roles. p/155972269X/?tag prabook0b-20.

Joan Crawford: The Last Word (Fred Lawrence Guiles, 1995). Joan Crawford Paper Dolls (Marilyn Henry, 1996). The book basically gives you an overview of Joan's thoughts on how the modern woman (of the early seventies) can survive in a man's world and still remain appealing. Joan Crawford Paper Dolls in Full Color (Tom Tierney, 1983). The book is littered with asides about her life, both past and present, and therefore almost acts as an autobiography (which some have claimed is better than her A Portrait of Joan).

Find nearly any book by FRED LAWRENCE GUILES. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. Joan Crawford: The Last Word: ISBN 9781559722698 (978-1-55972-269-8) Hardcover, Birch Lane Pr, 1995. Joan Crawford: The Last Word: ISBN 9781857938357 (978-1-85793-835-7) Softcover, Pavilion Books, 1996. Legend: The Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe. Published 1996 by Pavilion Books in London.

The book Joan Crawford: The Last Word by Fred Lawrence Guiles. Genealogy Mag article assumes birth date to be 1905 based on young Lucille LeSueur being aged 5 in a 1910 census (April, which is after her birthday in March). This is arguably the most authoritative source. Same article as above quotes Charles Kidd, in Debrett Goes to Hollywood, saying Lucille was probably born in 1904.

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Comments: (7)
Doktilar
Nothing very new here; somewhat of soft take on Crawford, in fact. Fan magazine bio from an otherwise excellent author, who wrote the first serious biography of Marilyn Monroe and a Marion Davies bio that set the record straight that she was not the no-talent bimbo of "Citizen Kane," but a fine comedienne.
Ochach
Being Miss. Crawfords biggest fan this book was great! Great pictures as well! Rad it over and over. Great addition to my library!
Goodman
About the only thing I found credible about this book was his premise - that Joan Crawford would forever be vilified and defined by the book written by adopted daughter Christina. Despite his intention to "rescue" Joan's reputation as a film star, he proceeds to substitute bad parenting for a voracious sexual appetite, including not only women like Marilyn Monroe, but adolescents like Jackie Cooper. He claims she starts early, trolling the parks in Kansas City for young men when she is just a teenager. This sounds like a woman with no borders and no idea of appropriate behavior. Guiles is an experienced, gifted, excellent writer. After reading both "Norma Jean" and the author's biography of Marion Davies, I found it hard to believe that he wrote this, and harder still to believe it could have had an editor since the mispellings were rampant, or an fact-checker since many of the film facts were also wrong. This is perhaps like the letter that you write when a close friend ticks you off. You write it to blow off steam and then throw it away. You never send it. Perhaps someone should have suggested to Mr. Guiles that he should have done that with his manuscript.
YSOP
Frederick Lawrence Guiles' intention in 'Joan Crawford: The Last Word' is to liberate the real Joan Crawford from the maniacal control freak enshrined in the public mind by her daughter's hatchet-job biography 'Mommie Dearest' and its subsequent shlock movie adaptation. It's a noble aim which is becoming very fashionable of late - especially with the recent publication of 'Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography' - but it's also a difficult one. Paint the subject in too negative a light and Christina's claims seem justified; too positive a light and, to paraphrase Shakespeare, it appears you are protesting just a little too much.
Guiles does quite a good job of walking the line in between, but what results inevitably remains little more than a short biography with infrequent interjections about Christina's inaccuracies and misinterpretations. Admirably, he resists the temptation to demonise Christina herself, although her distortions of the truth are manifestly obvious as Guiles explains. Perhaps the most potent example is the fact that, while 'Mommie Dearest' gives the impression of having been written as a reaction to having been left out of her mother's will, Christina actually began the book while Joan Crawford was still alive. Guiles conjectures that it may well have been Joan's horror at the venomous portrait her daughter was painting that prompted her to leave her out of the will in the first place, not the other way around.
What really comes across here - and in 'Mommie Dearest' itself - is that Joan and her daugher did not get along simply because they were too similar to one another, their personalities so strong that a clash was inevitable. Christina even grew up to take on many of the characteristics she hated most about her mother, including professional competition. Neither woman was perfect but, as Guiles attempts to emphasise, Crawford does not deserve to live on only in the guise of shrewish mother-from-hell. She was an emotionally crippled person, but not the cartoonish monster most people see her as today.
If you have read 'Mommie Dearest' and taken it as gospel, I definitely recommend giving this book a read, to learn that the truth was more complex. If you're after a straight biography of Crawford, leave this one for later.
Qwert
You may be able to find this in a used bookstore for a few dollars. I would recommend finding this book that way. This was a good book but probably not one you would read over and over. Not much new information here that wasn't told in Bob Thomas's book. New pictures though, and those are always nice. I appreciated how the author did not make any attempt to discredit Christina Crawford, and this book was a fair look into Joan's life. Guiles reflects on some situations from "Mommie Dearest" that he claims are inaccurate, but I don't believe them. He writes that Christina says Joan pulled her out of Chadwick and then told people she had been expelled. But Guiles says that school wasn't even in session then. Yeah, what's new? Christina does say that school was indeed not in session when that happened, and was kept there as a punishment. So that wasn't an inaccuracy on her part.
This was a good book and if you are very interested in it you could probably finish it in one day.
Yramede
I have just finished reading this book.I was expecting much more with such a pretentious title.''Last Word'' it is really not..

I had read Guiles's Monroe biography many years ago,and it was filled with false information (I have read 15 bios about Marilyn).

To get back to this particular book about Ms. Crawford,sometimes I just could not believe what I was reading.This man sounds as if he was her press-agent trying desperately to defend her honor,mostly regarding Christina's book ''Mommie Dearest''.

Don't get me wrong,I really believe that Joan Crawford was a very interesting actress,fashion icon,and the epitome of the Hollywood Glamour.However it is quite obvious that the role of mother in real-life,was a very wrong and misguided choice.If you read her 2 books ''Portrait of Joan'' and ''My Way of Life'',and you read between the lines,you will easily believe that she was a control-freak and a strict disciplinarian.So to conclude do not purchase this book if you are a die-hard fan of Joan,you will learn nothing.But if you are a new fan,and this is the last book on this planet,well get it,but pay very little !

ps:The pictures are kind of nice..
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