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Brooklyn-born Susan Hayward possessed what was arguably the greatest combination of drop-dead good looks and sheer acting ability that the silver screen has ever known. She has long been a favorite of mine, having starred in quite a few true cinema classics, as well as any number of admirable lesser films. I had wanted to read a biography of the woman for some time, and am happy to report that Beverly Linet's 1980 work, "Susan Hayward: Portrait of a Survivor," suited my needs quite well. Ms. Lin...more
Feb 04, 2011 Carol Neman rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Movie buffs in general, Hayward buffs specifically
Recommended to Carol by: Found at Hollywood Heritage,
November 15, 2010 - So far this is a treasure trove of history dealing with Hollywood goings-on surrounding Susan Hayward's beginnings, entry into 'show-business', marriage to Jesse Barker, and behind-the-scenes treatment of her and others she knew, and Hollywood politics. Interesting if you care about such things, and I do, but probably a little boring because the details do slow down the action. I did learn a lot from the inside information, for instance how much a discrepancy in salaries the...more
Reading this in tandem with "The Bell Jar" and it's surprising how much Susan Hayward is like Esther The Twat from the Plath novel. Susan Hayward is also behaviorally a combo of Helen Lawson and Neely O'Hara. The final verdict: enjoy her movies but don't read about her, you'll be disappointed. What didn't disappoint were the accounts of what a badass punk Robert Mitchum was. Now there's a biography waiting to be read!