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Hardcover No Bed of Roses: An Autobiography Book

ISBN: 068803344X

ISBN13: 9780688033446

No Bed of Roses: An Autobiography

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Her story is at the heart of the Hollywood story. She started her film career at seventeen, competed all her life with her famous sister Olivia de Havilland, was pursued by men like Howard Hughes,... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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The painful life of a Hollywood star

This wonderfully juicy tell-all reveals a new tragedy, illness, or romantic fiasco on almost every page. Joan was born in Japan to British parents who were cold and harsh. Their marriage ended early, and Joan and her sister (Olivia de Haviland) moved to California with their mother. The famous rift (more like a "war") between Joan and her older sister apparently was a case of extreme sibling rivalry that lasts to this day. Joan was a sickly and lonely child, but broke into movies at the age of nineteen. She tells about making movies such as "Rebecca" and "Suspicion," winning the Academy Award, living a life of globe-trotting luxury, all while enjoying dalliances with such men as Howard Hughes and Joseph Kennedy, Sr. She breezed through four short marriages, always seeking the love she lacked in her childhood. I heartily recommend this brutally honest tinsel-town memoir to fans of movies from the thirties to the fifties. It's a real page-turner! Kona

An honest autobiography

Joan Fontaine writes beautifully and I found her book a fascinating mixture of her personal, private life and her public life. She pulled no punches and is honest about her accomplishments as well as her shortcomings. She details her early life in California and the chism between she and her sister with honesty and forthrightness. The custody battles over her daughter with her ex-husband were well-documented in the press at the time they were occurring and she relates this stuggle and at the same time trying to be a good mother and still earn a living. Her life may not have been a bed of roses, but neither was it a crown of thorns. A highly recommended read.

Sure seemed like a bed of roses to me.

I really like Joan Fontaine before I read her story. She came across to me as a spoiled, self-centered human being. She put her career and husbands before her children. Why do women have children if they are going to pawn them off on housekeepers, nannies, and ex-husbands? I don't think mother should be used in her vocabulary. She not only had four husbands, but also committed adultery while married to them. Joan did what Joan wanted to do and became very wealthy doing it. If you want a good read about this type of women, go ahead and buy the book, better yet, do what I did and buy it at a garage sale.

An absolutely fabulous re-telling of a remarkable life...

Joan Fontaine's re-telling of her own life is a riveting book for any movie enthusiast to enjoy. As she talks of her childhood, her infamous rivalry with her sister, and her many movies and love affairs, the reader gets the sense that Miss Fontaine is not only a fabulous actress and a beautiful woman, but also a fabulous and beautiful human being.

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