Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, A Personal Biography
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: February 2008
Duration: 10 hours 33 minutes
She was beautiful, talented, irascible, ruthless, vulnerable, and a true Hollywood legend. From abused child to dance-hall entertainer to silent-film actress, she went on to become one of Hollywood's screen goddesses with films such as Possessed opposite Clark Gable, with whom she began a torrid off-screen affair, Grand Hotel, and Mildred Pierce, her Academy Award-winning film. Joan Crawford succeeded and survived through sheer determination, talent, invention, and re-invention.
Now, Charlotte Chandler, the acclaimed biographer of Ingrid Bergman (Ingrid), Bette Davis (The Girl Who Walked Home Alone), and Groucho Marx (Hello, I Must Be Going), gives us a revealing and often surprising portrait of Joan Crawford, much of it in Joan Crawford's own words.
"[R]eveal[s] a hardworking, disciplined and generous woman who lived for work....Chandler's bio is a breezy, laudatory read that would have pleased Crawford...."-Publishers Weekly