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Joan Crawford: Her Life in Letters [Paperback]

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From published author, Michelle Vogel, comes Joan Crawford: Her Life in Letters. The letters derive from Ms. Crawford's meticulous attention to her fan base. She encouraged letters from her adoring fans and made the uncanny effort to answer them. What emerges is a chronological biography of filmdom's ultimate movie star. Additionally, the body of work by Ms. Vogel incorporates the letters along with explanatory narrative weaving together the events of a fabulous life and career. And that's not all! Cathy Crawford LaLonde, the sole executor of the Crawford estate, has transmitted written permission to the author for the exclusive rights to publish her mother's words in Joan Crawford: Her Life in Letters. Here then is the first "authorized" biography since Mommie Dearest. In reading the letters, with their introspective quality, the reader discovers the unique personality of Joan Crawford which contrasts significantly from the portrait presented in Mommie Dearest. Biography aficionados will eagerly embrace the penetrating in depth aspects into the life of a twentieth century icon.

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2005
Publisher   Wasteland Press
ISBN  1933265469  
ISBN13  9781933265469  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Film historian Michelle Vogel lives in Victoria, Australia. Her popular blog can be found at

Michelle Vogel currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York. Michelle Vogel was born in 1972.

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Joan Crawford's Personality Shines Through in Her Letters!  Jul 5, 2008
I found this book to be extremely interesting as it showed so much of Joan Crawford's personality directly from her personal letters and correspondence over the years. Joan sent out approximately 70,000 letters every year of her 50 year career! That's around 3 million letters that Miss Crawford personally wrote!! To say Joan Crawford was extremely grateful and caring towards her fans is a huge understatement! I know of no other movie star who had all of her fan mail sent directly to her home and also answered most of it all herself! It certainly explains how this gracious woman had such a loyal fan base. This is not a large book, but an easy read, with some of the best photo's I have ever seen of Joan writing fan mail and posing with fans. All the photo's are in black and white, but still just fabulous to see. The letters used in this book are many Thank You letters to fans and friends alike, correspondence of all types and even very early "love" letters to her college boyfriend. It's Joan Crawford's letters that make for very fascinating reading in this book. Joan changes her children's names, toilet seats and letterheads on her stationary as her life changes with each divorce or breakup with the men in her life. Ed Sullivan printed a very negative review about Joan in his column in 1940, and reading Joan's letter to him certainly revealed Joan's fearlessness in confronting those people who had the nerve to publicly put her down. I can see that this fearless nature of Miss Crawford was a huge part of her surviving Hollywood for 50 years! She certainly stood up for herself. Another interesting short note was one Joan wrote to her neighbor in her New York apartment. Her neighbor had a daughter who yelled and had temper tantrums which disturbed Joan when she was working in her apartment. Joan wrote the neighbor to take the daughter to Central Park where she could yell as loud as she wanted to and also grab the attention she obviously wanted from onlookers. This showed me Joan had no tolerance for children's bad behavior. The neighbor moved after getting this note. All of her letters are just fascinating, and there's even her personal meatloaf recipe! A lot of great information is found when you "read between the lines" from the great Joan Crawford's letters and definitely worth 5 stars!
A real "portrait of Joan"  May 28, 2008
More than 30 years after the publication of "Mommie Dearest," the reputation of Joan Crawford seems permanently tarnished by her adopted daughter's memoir. Michelle Vogel, who compiled this little book, is one of a few people who have set out to challenge the status quo. The Crawford correspondence contained here goes from the 1920s to the 1970s, showing us an intelligent, caring, and thoughtful woman quite unlike the caricature that Christina helped create. As Joan's grandson Casey says in the introduction, this book "is a true testament to how my grandmother treated others." Read it and prepare to have your assumptions about Joan challenged.
Proofreaders Wanted  May 20, 2007
I have never read a more poorly written book. The letters themselves are fascinating and well written, but good heavens, Ms. Vogel's punctuation will stop you in your tracks.

It is impossible to follow through an entire paragraph without having to backtrack a bit to figure out what the writer is trying to say.

Try this sentence, regarding the stalker of a male TV star: "Her demands were that he leave his wife for her, if he, didn't she vowed his career would fade away." It's kind of like a good band with a lousy drummer.

There are the usual errors, too, such as referring to one person as "they," and to that one person's qualities as "theirs." There is "she's" for "she has."

As for apostrophes, I could faint. Ms. Vogel's rule seems to be, "If it ends in an 's,' put an apostrophe in front of the 's.'" No exceptions. Butcher's, baker's, candlestick maker's. Oy.

Comically, the author sometimes reports that Crawford received "a" letter from more than one person, making it seem like her high-powered friends got together to write and sign one letter. Maybe George Cukor had the pencil that week.

There are some cute errors, too. The author seems unaware that in a monogram, the first letter of one's last name appears as the second of three letters. When quoting from a letter written during Crawford's marriage to Phillip Terry, she describes the mongrammed stationery as, "JTC - Joan Terry Crawford." If proofreading skills are lacking, can't common sense prevail?

The author does access some interesting first-hand information from Crawford's friends. Even the most devoted Crawfordphile might find a few photos and quotes he hasn't seen before.

This book is essential for us Crawford collectors. However, the mistakes on almost every page ruin the flow of the text. It's like riding a bicycle with a chain that skips.
First class read ! A must have for any Joan Crawford fan !  Feb 15, 2007
An absolutely fascinating book, which has clearly been thoroughly researched.

What is so different, and sets it apart from other biographies is that it tells of Joan's life from a totally fresh perspective. What better way is there to gain an insight into someone's inner thoughts than through their very own letters.

The way this book has been put together really brings to life a Hollywood legend, with a lot of new material including wonderful candid photo's and even recipes!

Very highly recommended, and a must have for any Joan Crawford fan!
Loved it!  Jan 19, 2007
Everything Joan said was gold! Loved it!!
It was interesting how professional and business like joan was even with lovers and close friends.
I especially loved how joan would let certain people have it while still giving off the impression of being sweet and professional.
I loved how joan would restate each question or statement someone had made in their letters...and offer her own answer or rebutal.

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