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  1. I've begun to come around on some of Hard Candy.
  2. I see you.
  3. Oh hi there.
  4. Mack the Black is so awkward for me because of all those stories where she was like going up to extras asking if they had extra Benzadrines, or when she saw the lit fires and supposedly screamed about how "they" wanted her to burn to death. .gif' alt='fall2'> Some other favorite moments: This is a FANTASTIC montage that I don't think I've posted yet. The person did a bang-up job:
  5. 'Kii'
  6. It's funny because I'd have assumed the same - that discussion of her father might have been too much for a biography in the 70s. But I think the Rainbow book does deal with it (checks) ... it does mention that people claim he had gay encounters and that it caused them to basically be invited to leave Grand Rapids. It even brings up the rumors with Betty Asher. And this book came out in 1978 I believe? For anyone curious, here's where Judy ranked in the Top 25 Box Office Stars from 1940 (her first appearance) to 1950 (the last): 1940: #10 1941: #10 1942: #19 1943: #11 1944: #14 1945: #8 1946: #25 1947: # 1948: # 1949: # 1950: #25
  7. It's really fantastic. And LENGTHY. I'm of a mind that it's better for a biography to have too much information than not enough. You want to be able to point to this one thing and say, "here it is, the ultimate source." Plus other biographies (Rainbow by Christopher Finch, Get Happy by Gerard Clarke), focus 2/3 or more of the books on the MGM period, and Judy is a really balanced look. Her movie years and concert years are given equal weight, and I really appreciate that. It also (unlike Get Happy and the David Shipman book) doesn't go for prurient details. It's an honest but respectful portrait of an icon of song and screen. It doesn't hide her troubles and it doesn't make her look like a poor put-upon angel who never gave attitude or made bad choices. But it doesn't judge her for it either, it just presents the story as best it can. Liza Minnelli even said that it was the closest you could get to being there without actually being there.
  8. Oh gosh. I type in "Kii" and that comes up. Is THAT why you're always saying it??? You're just simulating a gif?? I thought it was just you going "Kii" irl. This really changed a lot.
  9. I've heard those. They're pretty sad. I'm actually glad she never wrote a memoir for a few reasons - most celebrity memoirs released during that period tended to be pretty short, usually less than 250 pages, and were a little glossed over. Maybe she would have been the exception, but I'd rather a lucid, self-aware, stable Judy writing an epic recount. Gloria Swanson's memoir really helps set a tone - it came out around 1980 and it's 500+ pages and goes deep on both her life and her career. It's haunting to think about the things Judy could have done had she found her inner strength, found her confidence early on. If she'd been able to stand up for herself and have greater control over her artistic path in those days at MGM. Imagine the performances (both musical and non-musical), imagine what A Star Is Born may have been had she been able to make it in the mid 1940s at MGM, at the height of her beauty and with the muscle of the world's greatest movie studio behind her. If she'd been given top-notch dramatic roles to show her true power and range as an actress (if she'd been given that role in Razor's Edge for instance, which won Anne Baxter an Oscar). If she'd gone to Broadway, if Irving Berlin or Rodgers and Hammerstein had written a show around her talents. A television series with its vision fully formed from the get-go, with a most healthy, relaxed, vibrant Judy singing her ass off every episode and just blowing all the competition out of the water. Man... Is that 'Judy' by Gerold Frank? If so... I've read maybe four or five biographies about her, and that one is head and shoulders above the rest. It's (to me), everything a biography should be. In her drafts for the autobiography, Judy says that L.B. used to go, "you know what makes this girl so special? She sings from the heart," and then his hand would wander onto her breast. Even in the Gerold Frank book, it's acknowledged that Judy sometimes told tall tales and re-wrote her history to suit her needs, so I always took that with a grain of salt. I'm currently reading a Joan Crawford biography and in it she appeals to L.B. for help with better parts after being labeled 'Box Office Poison' and he says something to the effect of, "of course we'll help you, and the public loves you just like I love you, you're like a daughter to me." Joan apparently told someone later that "his hand would always find my right tit whenever he got to the word 'daughter'."
  10. @ParentalAdvisory @Unapologetic Bitch Doesn't have to be Skype
  11. @Last Midnight Those album uploads are splendid, I'll get in on that tonight. It always irritates me that they didn't do proper movie soundtracks back then. Had they done one for A Star Is Born (excising incidental sounds like the screaming in Gotta Have Me Go With You, making Here's What I'm Here For a proper song, shortening up Someone At Last, etc.), it would be such a stellar album. Unfortunately nothing about that movie's release was done right.
  12. Or when Barbara Walters asked Lauren about Frank Sinatra in the 60s, approximately a decade after he abruptly ended their engagement and never spoke to her again. Lauren cut her off and said, "Frank is as dead and dry as this floor." Fucking DEAD. The artist on FOTP I stan most is Madonna, and I've drawn parallels between her and Joan Crawford in the past. Both are HUGE personalities, and those personas almost certainly outstripped their natural, traditional talents. But both used unshakable discipline and iron will to reach the absolute top of their respective fields. Both were committed to maintaining their status as first-degree stars and (say the gossips) devoted a great deal of time and energy to maintain themselves physically, all but refusing to surrender to the natural march of time. And time and time again, over the course of decades and after great professional stumbles, they mounted brilliant comebacks. And you KNOW that one of Madonna's kids is going to write that fucking book after she dies. .gif' alt='ny6'>.gif' alt='ny5'> I've said it already and I'll say it again - Joan deserves a GREAT biography. I don't mean GREAT like "a fun read". I mean exhaustively researched, stellar writing, and a length that befits her epic life. Something that acknowledges her personal difficulties and demons with as little judgment as possible, while also exploring her extraordinary career in an amount of detail that would erase the need for any other Crawford books in the future. I wouldn't want anything less than 700 pages, honestly. And they would have to use this for the cover:
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