Show Business: Joan Crawford's Other Life

In a bestseller, a daughter accuses her of savagery

Not since Lizzie Borden gave her mother 40 whacks has a daughter wreaked such vengeance on her mother. But instead of using an ax as a weapon, Christina Crawford has wielded a pen—in a book, Mommie Dearest, that is the publishing gossip sensation of the fall season.

The reason for all the interest is that Mommie is the late Joan Crawford, one of the great movie stars of the '30s and '40s, and, if the book is to be believed, also one of the worst parents of all time,...

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