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Summary

An incredible recording of Joan Crawford reading her book, My Way of Life. Originally recorded in 1973, it was recently remastered from the original LP records. Hear the unabridged edition performed by the one and only Joan Crawford.

From Grand Hotel to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Joan Crawford played some of the finest parts Hollywood had to offer, establishing a reputation as the most spectacular diva on the silver screen. Even when the cameras quit rolling, her life never stopped being over-the-top. In My Way of Life, a cult classic that was first published in 1971, Crawford shares her secrets.

Part memoir, part self-help book, part guide to being fabulous, My Way of Life advises the listener on everything from throwing a small dinner party for 18 to traveling abroad to getting the most out of a marriage. Featuring tips on fashion, makeup, etiquette, and everything in between, it is an irresistible look at an era when movie stars were pure class, and Crawford was at the top of the heap.

©1971 Joan Crawford (P)2017 Graymalkin Media, LLC

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Fantastic

Loved it!
A pleasure to listen to and gives an amazing insight as to how hard Joan worked.

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wasn't for me.

couldn't get into this book, but still a great fan of Joan and all her films

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Amazing, total legend!

Would you listen to My Way of Life again? Why?

Absolutely, endless advice and rules for everything from cleaning, dinner parties, fashion, beauty and gracious living.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joan Crawford.

What does Joan Crawford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Joan is reading the book and chuckles at her own little jokes and stories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • mari
  • 27-04-17

Fascinating!

She is amazingly candid! You will enjoy listening for hours.

Thanks for publishing this audio AS IT IS.

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  • stlblue1
  • 24-08-17

Her way

I loved that Joan Crawford herself read this book. At times you could hear her turning pages, or traffic noises outside. I won't say that I agree with her way of life, but I did find it very interesting. If you are a fan of this amazing lady, you will want to listen to this book in her voice and in her own words.

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  • Steve D Renz
  • 08-05-17

Fun if Joan Fan

Interesting to hear Joan narrate and the views and trends of social etiquette 1970 style

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-17

A Treasure

Several years ago I shared a big, old, drafty house with an older gay man. His name was Joe. He was a connoisseur of classic Hollywood films and screen legends, namely Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. He was also a huge Ethel Merman fan. There were three rites of passage I completed upon moving into my attic bedroom. The first consisted of holding hands with Joe while ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ blasted from Ethel Merman’s disco album. The next was playing Christina to Joe’s Joan in a re-enactment of the no wire hangers scene from ‘Mommie Dearest’. The third was laughing hysterically while Joe read aloud from his paperback copy of Joan Crawford’s ‘My Way of Life’. It’s such a pleasure hearing Joan herself read the text, but Joe gave her a run for her money.

There are so many delightful moments throughout this recording, including the street sounds that bleed in: horns honking, motors revving... And then there are shocking passages that had me gasping out loud, especially Joan’s thoughts about a working woman’s libido and how she shouldn’t brag about her own professional successes around her man. I can only imagine what Gloria Steinem or Mary Richards thought.

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  • Shannon Gallagher
  • 06-09-19

Nice to listen to Joan talk for a few hours

Almost surreal to hear Joan Crawford talking through my car speakers. She was very sure of herself and what she likes/dislikes. It is a bit old fashioned and vapid but also very interesting and some of her tips are very practical even today.

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  • reallyrob
  • 16-03-19

This is pure Joan Crawford!!!!!

I love this book!!! Mostly for the fact that I can hear Joan Crawford's voice! It takes me back to my childhood, when we lived in the same building. She really was a very wonderful lady!!!!! You have to listen to this book....it will take you back !

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  • Jeremy
  • 14-02-19

a rare and historical treat

to have Joan Crawford's autobiography read to us by Joan Crawford herself... that in itself is worth every penny.in some ways Joan Crawford sounds way ahead of her time, and in other passages we can see how far humanity and society has come since the book was narrated.

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  • Dan
  • 06-05-17

I loved it

I especially liked how it was being ready by Ms Crawford herself. very nice touch to the experience.

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  • RD2Oz
  • 30-11-20

Eager

I was eager to read this book when I discovered it existed and found it on here. I began listening, and to my excitement, I realized it was Joan herself is the narrator. Joan did a terrific job. 500 Stars

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  • Dana Von Dangerously
  • 31-08-20

What An Amazing Woman!

I adore Ms.Crawford even more after this book! There’s SOOO MUCH MORE to this woman then how the movie “mommy dearest” portrayed her, she was such a PASSIONATE , determined , driven , hard working woman and most of all she did it all with such a CLASS & etiquette !!!
It’s no secret she is and was a bit of “controversial actress”
There’s soo much more to her then perceived , her narrating this book made my enjoyment of this book even more intriguing!!! ❤️