Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is an unauthorized,sexually explicit biography of Joan Crawford. The author bases his "Information" on a close friendship with Marlene Dietrich in her later years. Since she and Miss Crawford never made a film together and had little or no contact with one another during their careers in Hollywood, as well as the fact that they were movie queen rivals, his source is not one that I would consider reliable. There is NOTHING in this book that is anything more than the rumors and conjecture that have always followed Miss Crawford's life.
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Not only is the book boring, as it unfolds through the chronolgy of the plots of her movies, but the author focuses more on his own personal lusting for the hunky gay men that he purports Gable, Georger Cukor ,the first three husbands of Crawford's, and virtually every silent film star and director to be. Miss Crawford seems to have had sex with every man, woman, and child that she metin Hollywood, with the exception of Lassie, and that is questionable.

The review of this Book prepared by Elissa Hadley Conklin

The book has already been optioned for a movie as it is far removed from Christina Crawford's dare I say much-invented account of her mother. The husbands are all there, most of them gay, as are the lovers. Joan was the quintessential fag-hag. She loved her gay fans, indeed she loved most of her fans more than her husbands and lovers of both sexes.
She also liked it rough, wanting the latest lover to break into the house...and often get injured in the process..and take her by force.
The review of this Book prepared by David Bret

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Plot & Themes

Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   rape    -   lesbianism    -   really kinky sex Story of entertainer?    -   Movie Drama Actor

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   Pacific NW Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   angry    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of nude males (the big P)    -   male homosexuality    -   use of artificial tools    -   orgies    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   main character serviced by prostitute If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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