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This Crazy Thing Called Love. the Golden World and Fatal Marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward

Braudy, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0394532473 / ISBN 13: 9780394532479
Edité par Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992
Etat : Very Good Couverture rigide
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Xxiv, 485 pages, illustrations, cloth, DJ, very good. Second printing. From Publishers Weekly: "In 1955 Ann Woodward--sleeping-pill addict, ex-model and radio actress--shot to death her husband, Billy, heir to a banking fortune, on their Oyster Bay, N. Y. , estate. The beautiful socialite was cleared by a grand jury swayed by a burglar's belated, disputed confession that he was on the Woodward estate that night and so could have triggered an accidental shooting. Braudy ( Who Killed Sal Mineo? ) argues that Ann killed her husband by mistake and rejects as ``myth'' the notion that society matron Elsie Woodward, Ann's mother-in-law, helped cover up a murder for the sake of her grandsons. This investigation of a much-publicized case is not likely to settle the decades-old controversy over whether Ann intentionally shot her husband. Braudy fails to elicit sympathy for Ann as she traces her rise from an impoverished Kansas farm to cafe society and dissects a marriage marked by violent fights, drug dependency and affairs on both sides, including Ann's fling with Prince Aly Khan, Rita Hayworth's fiance. "; 9.40 X 5.70 X 1.70 inches. N° de réf. du libraire 36984

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Titre : This Crazy Thing Called Love. the Golden ...

Éditeur : Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Date d'édition : 1992

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Good

Edition : Second Printing

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An account of the murder of an heir to a banking fortune by his wife describes how a beautiful actress from impoverished rural Kansas won the love of banking heir Billy Woodward, only to shoot him in 1955 in their Oyster Bay home. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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Braudy (What the Movies Made Me Do, 1985, etc.) sets out to do a background book on a high-society ``murder'' already addressed fictionally by Dominick Dunne in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and Truman Capote in Answered Prayers--and finds herself defending the so- called murderess. Although Ann Woodward was never indicted for murdering her husband, William Woodward, Jr., his mother, Elsie, spread the rumor that Ann had deliberately killed Billy--and spread it first by insinuating that she herself had had the killing covered up for the sake of her grandsons. In Capote's vile version, Ann shot Billy in the shower, then dragged his body (with the butler's help) down the hall to the doorway of his bedroom. By the time Braudy finishes with the facts, there's no doubt that both Capote and Dunne were swimming in fantasy, that the death was an accident (Ann apparently thought that Billy was an intruder), and that Ann was victimized by the snobbery of the ultrarich, who exiled her after Billy's death. Braudy sticks to a weave of impressively fine detail taken from over a thousand interviews, though occasionally one wonders about her recording the inner thoughts of her fatal pair. But her cool drawing of the Woodwards' social background, their casual spending of immense sums, and their hobnobbing with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is jaw-dropping. Ann, born to poor country folk in Kansas, chose early to better herself as a Powers model. She danced nights in an upscale Manhattan chorus line and was a respected radio actress by day when she met shy, virginal, playboy Billy. When married, their greatest claim to fame was their racing stable and fantastically fast horse, Nashua. Both were adulterers and engaged in rages before sex: What happened to them can be seen as the result of unrestrained immaturity. Hypnotic, though Braudy keeps a cool mask on her prose. (One hundred photographs.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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