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Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star
By Alexander Walker

After his highly successful Garbo, Alexander Walker has applied his talent as critic and biographer to another of the very few Hollywood figures who are of endless interest to a world overcrowded with personalities but depleted of true stars like Joan Crawford.

The author has again had unlimited access to hitherto secret papers at MGM - where Crawford spent eighteen years - and he uses text and pictures to combine scholarship with insight into a unique woman. For the first time he reveals the unguessed reason why the showgirl Lucille LeSueur was renamed Joan Crawford; why her passionately conducted romance with Clark Gable foundered on her lover's preoccupation with money; the extraordinary censorship rows provoked by Crawford's audacious early films; and the fascinating ways she changed and eventually distorted her own personality by switching from Jazz Age flapper to working girl, sophisticated lady, neurotic matron and outsize bitch asking, `Is the world ready to face me?' He delves into her four marriages, speculates on why she ill-treated her children and uses unpublished papers of columnist Hedda Hopper to shed new light on Crawford's private nature.

Superbly designed and including over 250 often rare pictures, the book is both critical study and collector's item.

Hardback, 1983, 192pages, very good condition

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