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Center Door Fancy Hardcover – 1972
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Well worth looking for a copy, because you'll read it until it wears out..
Joan Blondell's novel is notorious for being a thinly veiled autobiography. It opens winsomely and seems very much like an idealistic story about growing up. As it progresses, however, it seems that the memories become more vivid and therefore less embellished. Most of the names have been changed, but the true identities are painfully obvious. Blondell is Nora, David is first husband George Barnes, Jim is Dick Powell, Teresa is Marion Davies, Amy is June Allyson, and Jeff is Mike Todd. Knowing their identities makes the reading all the more interesting. Most notably is the split between Blondell and Powell. Anyone who has read Allyson's side of the story will be interested to hear Blondell's which is drastically different. This book will also provide some insight into Blondell's actions which makes her more endearing.
Whether it is read as a work of fiction or as an autobiography, Center Door Fancy is a quick read. It is filled with sentiment, heartbreak, and insight into the world of vaudeville and old Hollywood.