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Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes (Hollywood Legends Series) Hardcover – September 25, 2007
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From the Publisher
This book about an actress with a long and lustrous career
---Provides the first major biography of this enduring Hollywood star
---Offers extensive research and insights gained from the cooperation of Blondell's friends, family, and colleagues
---Includes over 25 photographs
---Expands the Hollywood Legends Series
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The first major biography of an actress with a long and lustrous career
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I so enjoyed and was moved by this book about Joan Blondell. What a life she led. Started in show business when she was only three years old and worked until she died. It seems she had to for financial reasons despite how ill she was. She was a loving and generous woman and while her life was marred by financial, medical, and emotional turmoils she was always an "up' and positive person.This book is meticulously researched,the author gives us the public and private Joan Blondell and the book features numerous interviews with family, friends, and colleagues. We also learn of her marriage to Dick Powell and like many stories two sides and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. Did he leave her for June Allyson or did she leave him for Mike Todd? Then we learn of Todd's maniacal rages, how he killed the family dog, and took all of her money before she called it quits. Funny how she never appeared bitter when Mike Todd lavishes money on jewels and airplanes for Liz Taylor and never attempted to pay Joan back a dime of what he owed her.Powell left his two children with her some stock worth about $15,000.00 while his children with June Allyson received millions. Again, she didn't show bitterness,