The Original Recordings of My Way of Life! Here are these original, one of a kind records. The release of these recordings 2 years ago, in digital format, created a sensation among Crawford fans. Now is your chance to be the sole owner of this amazing original 5 LP set. These records play in 16 2/3 speed and were the ones pressed in 1972 for her book. There are no others. These were withdrawn decades ago from their source library, meaning they were discarded to find room for other items. Now they can be yours. If you have heard the sound recordings from her book, they came from these records and. Crawford fans all know her second book, My Way of Life. It is alternately a touching autobiographical account and a campy how to guide for an executive, wife and motherreplete with recipes, fitness regimens, fashion, travel and make up tips and how to throw a party! If you love Joan than you already know what fun this book is. The entire recording of the book lasts for 5 hours and was recorded on 5 double sided LPs (All in all 10 sides). Out of 5 wonderful hours there are only2 sections with minor skips. Imagine listening to her read the book in her own words! From the actual LPs on a record player! Here are the details of My Way of Life: Experience Joan Crawfords My Way of Life as the author intended itin her own words! Hear her inflections, emphasis, attitude and emotions! You may think you know this book, but it is like experiencing it for the first time when you hear her read it! In this volume she covers what her life is like circa early 1970s, talks frankly and honestly about her 4 marriages, what friendship is, her work drive and ethic, her secretaries, her daily work routine. She also covers her childhood, coping with loneliness and her challenges and fears in her career and life. Later, she talks in detail about her married life to Al Steele and recounts about her trips with him to Africa and Switzerland and running her household to please her husband. Finally she gives advice for moving into a mans executive world. In this volume she covers the different phases of decorating her various homes and how she gradually developed her taste. She talks about decorating the childrens rooms, the slumber parties they had. She discusses her 3 house moves, getting rid of items, double decker dressing closets and free flying staircases! She name drops too: Paul Bern, Billy Haines, Jean Negulesco, Helen Hayes and more! Later she talks about being the perfect hostess, floating gardenias in her pool, how to throw a beautiful party and later on, how to be an ideal house guest. She makes a crack about hippies before talking about how a man should dare to wear a velvet smoking jacket at a party. She advises on getting bartender and maid help, avoiding meat drips from a platter, her favorite appetizers and what you can do with 2 kinds of salami! Did you know Crawford was also famous for her coleslaw? This volume ends with the stresses on the modern family, the need for 2 paychecks and how the wife might actually rape her husband! Please note that there was some minor damage on the record that could not be repaired during the first 10 minutes of the first side. It results in 4 or 5 places that there is a skip in the record as she reads during the first 4 minutes and then a few more times between the 6 and 7 minute mark. It does not diminish the quality in anyway other than it results in roughly a net loss of about 2 full minutes of Crawford reading (I followed the reading along with the actual book to trace how much is missed by the skips). The length of the recording is still one hour. In this volume Crawford spends the first 30 minutes or so talking about a womans role in a modern family and in modern society. How about neglecting the family and her marriage? How can she be happy and balance all of the demands of modern life? Listen to her actually say the words dominating bitch. She then moves in great detail on motherhood and her challenges raising a family in particular. She discusses how she raised her children, how she took them on the set, trick or treating, taught them to play bat- mitten, football and to swim. The vacations they took, the Easter egg hunts, how they have all turned out. She emphatically states that she thinks she was a good mother. Throughout this volume she always seems to have advice for maids. Maybe everyone in the early 1970s had one! She ends this side talking about how a fulfilled woman makes her husband happyand his sex life! She will come alive! The next 30 minutes are the chapters Moving into a Mans World and Four Miles High with 15 Suitcases. She talks about moving into a mans world with charm and grace, exercising tact, slamming womens lib, flirting on the job, being feminine vs. Seductive and how to take men out to lunch at 21!! Remember, dont be a lady table hopper! She goes into detail about her travels for Pepsi, the plane trips, crashing a slumber party in D. Cigar smoke, and how to use tissue paper to pack. It is critical that you use daylight instead of artificial light and have a versatile, adaptive wardrobe. She also mentions TROG. In this volume Crawford criticizes as silly those stars running around in disguise and talks about her love of solitude (referencing Grata Garbo of course). She tells of meeting her maid, Mamacita and reads DESIDERATA. She starts Chapter 9 Dressing for You Role. Ever the fashionista, Crawford gives advice on finding your style, adapt to fashion but never to fad! , have a friend take pictures of you and blow them up for a reality check! Crawford then delves into her own fashion sense and being in the vanguard for most of her career (she manages to get a crack in about hippies again). She tells a couple of Mildred Pierce stories and shares her love of lime green and pink as her favorite clothing colors! For whom do YOU dress? Remember clothes are like people, they are your friends. You need gloves, a turban, Breton, made with extra fabric from your dress! Use it on your shoes, cover your shoes with plastic and wipe off the dust with a damp sponge. Crawford moves on to Taking Regular Inventories and A Program for a lovely Figure. PLEASE clean out your closet 4 times a year. Dress to disguise figure faults and please know when to use vertical and horizontal lines. Joan gives plenty of shout outs to Adrian, Edith Head, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and tells a few picture stories like losing weight for Baby Jane or filming a scene with the cast on boxes for The Virginian. She finds time to talk about wigs, hats and perfume too! Do you know what her 3 favorite ones are that she cannot do without? This volume is among my favoritesshe lets us know 3 Japanese girls in Hollywood make her dresses and manages to advise us that soft chairs spread the hips!! Crawford volunteers that she goes bra-less in films! In this volume Crawford talks about Sports and Gadgets. She covers stretch exercises, the slant board and the doing something else exercises. Stretch with the top of the head NOT the chin; use a Pepsi bottle to roll under your foot. You must walk across the floor on your buttocks like Crawford does! You will be enchanted with the results you can organize an exercise club BUT never let your husband see you exercise! Then there are diets. DO the Joan Crawford non-dietstop eating when it tastes the best! She shares her filming diet; fruit, bacon, eggs, steak and chicken. She says Christina swears by fish to keep the pounds off! Potatoes make Crawford fat and she snacks on green onions and carrot sticks to keep the hunger pangs away. Our Joan Moves on to Chapter 11- Program for a Glowing Face and Lovely Figure. This is a GREAT chapter. She talks about beauty routines, lips, eyebrows, makeup, massages and masks! Use plug in brushes to massage face cream with and get blood to the surface, treat your neck like your face, use eye cream too! After a shower use rose water and glycerin and make sure your beauty mask is a combination of cod liver oil and crushed almonds! Crawford is spot on when she says that you can remake your face if God gave you uneven features and for crying out loud, dont stop makeup at the chin line. Crawford shares her beauty secrets for her lipstick, eyes and famous chin line. You wont believe how plump an actress friend of hers is and its awful when your roots dont match the rest of your hair! After 30, a tan should come out of a bottle, pill popping can produce sick hair and hairspray is poison and made her sick on Sweet Charlotte. Names dropped are Katherine Hepburn, Ronald Coleman and Maurice Chevalier. She talks about Baby Jane. After 4 hours of reading MWOL, Crawford finishes the book by talking about A Touch of MagicDo you have charm? Animals can detect artificial peoplemake charm part of YOUR way of life!!!! Any Joan Crawford fan will definitely want these original exclusive LP records!! Contact me if you want to hear a sample of these recordings. The item “Joan Crawford My Way of Life Original LP vinyl records. Be the sole owner” is in sale since Sunday, December 11, 2016. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Other Movie Memorabilia”. The seller is “billiecassin” and is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 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