June Allyson Can (英語) マスマーケット – 1983/7/1
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From her days as a star at MGM, her marriage to Dick Powell--many years her senior--and the desolation of her life after his death, Allyson recounts her persistent, and ultimately successful, struggle for a life of her own. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
"June Allyson" is a completely engaging and thoroughly enjoyable book. Its an easy read. Ms Allyson tells her story with an earnest candor, spontaneously dropping anecdotes about stars such as Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, Jimmy Stewart, Van Johnson, John Wayne, and the list goes on. June recalls her very humble beginnings and eventual rise to one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 40s and 50s. Despite her fame and great success, there's no ego-tripping. She freely admits to being gullible, naive and unassertive. Her humility is both endearing and refreshing. Its no wonder she was so well loved.
Ms Allyson details the story of her courtship and eventual marriage to Dick Powell. (Their adoration for one another was immeasurable...) The marriage was a fascinating mixture of old school traditional (Mr Powell was firmly the head of the household, making any and all major family decisions) and modern day "woman as major bread winner" mentality (Mrs Powell was making oodles of money and therefore not relegated to strictly being a homemaker). He was king and she was his queen. He protected and sheltered her from the harsher realities of life. He was a financial wizard, investing wisely, while still providing a sumptuous lifestyle for his wife and children. June loved and trusted him deeply and unconditionally. Although their union was not perfect (Who's is?) they were blessed to have found such happiness in eachother.
When June speaks about people she didn't particularly care for, she avoids being mean-spirited and nasty. Instead, she resorts to a matter-of-fact delivery that lends greater credibility to her account of dealings with those she did not consider friends. Most interesting are her encounters with Joan Crawford, Joan Blondell and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
"June Allyson" is a great autobiography. I now consider myself a fan and am currently in the process of tracking down and viewing her films. If you love "old school" Hollywood, this book is a must have.