Conversations with Joan Crawford
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From 1962, when they first met, until the last few months of her life, author Roy Newquist interviewed Joan Crawford on more than twenty occasions.

In these interviews Joan Crawford emerges as a woman who will surprise those familiar with her life and career, to say nothing of the countless readers who relished her daughter's revelations in Mommie Dearest. Without fear or i...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Citadel Press
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Samantha Glasser
Unlike her autobiography, which Crawford openly admits was self-censored to protect the studio image, Newquist's book reveals the real Joan Crawford.

It opens with explaining how the author and Crawford met and how their relationship formed to a level that she was able to be open with him. After a brief biography, in come the interviews, easily the most important part of the book.

First, the pair talks about Crawford's movies which she denounces or praises heartily. Then they talk about more perso...more
Ray
Oh man, this is the best Joan book I ever read. Joan Crawford is an American legend--she was created by the Hollywood studio system and the American people wholly--and she always knew ot.

Despite the pack of lies her gold-digging daughter Christine told (that was made into that awful "Mommie Dearest" film), Joan was generally a good person and a great actress.

This book is a series of interviews with her done over a 10 year period. They reveal--first-hand--how smart, funny, and insightful she was....more
Karl
Over thirty years after her death, and almost as long since daughter Christina Crawford's Mommie Dearest first appeared in print, Joan Crawford finally seems to be getting some respect. I hear young people talk about her films, and the critics and the public seem to have come to a new appreciation of her formidable talent and career. It's about time.

But even if you're not that interested specifically in Miss Crawford, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in those years in th...more
Fulya
This book gives a clear perspective on Joan Crawford. It's so personal and the reader meets her as a human being not as a glamour puss or a movie star, perhaps for the first time. She talks about her joy and remorse sincerely. I felt really sorry when I read the parts about her drinking problem or her being reclusive at the end of her life. It also projects her own ideas about her movies frankly. All in all, this book is a must read for every Crawford fan. I want to quote from her, the last sent...more
Colleen
My all time favorite Joan Crawford book, penned by one of the young men she wheedled into "helping her" during the 60s and 70s. By helping, I mean extensive cleaning and moving furniture around. Also playing cards and someone she formed a close friendship with. Gives a very alternate and interesting insider view of Joan, during a little documented time in her life. A must read for any Crawford fan.
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Roy Newquist was a copy supervisor for various advertising agencies in Minneapolis and Chicago (1951-63), a literary editor for Chicago's American and a critic for the New York Post (1963). He also hosted a radio program called Counterpoint, WQXR, New York. His published books include Counterpoint (1964) and Conversations (1967).
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