March 6, 2008
Surely everyone has seen the blog posts about Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, right? The ones with the really amazing clips of current actors recreating scenes from classic Hitchcock films?
Well, I finally got to see the actual magazine issue and I love it. I always do, i’m such a film nut. But what I really love about VF‘s Hollywood issue is when they talk about old Hollywood. There is always some fabulous article about an aging star, or a forgotten movie, or a studio. This issue has an article about Joan Crawford’s OTHER daughter. Did you know she actually had 4 children? We only saw Christina and Christopher in the movie “Mommie Dearest,” but she had two more girls, twins. Talk about ending up on the cutting room floor… (above photo from Joan Crawford: The Best of Everything website)
Anyway, there is a new book about Crawford coming out and in it one of the twins, Cathy Crawford Lalonde, explains that Mommie Dearest actually was a wonderful, devoted mother and she doesn’t know what that evil Christina was talking about in her trashy book! (photo from VF).
But what really, really got me was this:
It was clear as I listened to Joan Crawford and her longtime friend and publicist, John Springer, at a lunch in 1976, almost two years before the publication of Joan’s daughter Christina’s book Mommie Dearest, that they knew it was forthcoming. They spoke about it with a sense of foreboding, though they had no idea that it would turn out to be the prototype of angry books by the children of stars. “I think she’s using my name strictly to make money,” Joan told us. “I suppose she doesn’t think that I’m going to leave her enough or that I’m going to disappear soon enough.” She sighed. Obviously referring to her adoption of Christina, she said, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
Springer asked her if she planned to read the book.“I plan not to read it,” she replied.
I love it! I plan not to read it.
That’s going to be my new catchphrase.
But you CAN read the entire Vanity Fair article about Joan Crawford here.