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Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford was the original inspiration for Mommie Dearest. Her daughter penned the memoir in 1978, describing the famous actress as an abusive alcoholic with militant love for order. But long before that, she was loved by the spotlight — and her older children.

It's believed she had a breakdown at some point, but Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star puts her late-life reputation aside to examine her lesser-known, better-liked side.