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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Pat Boone, Ozzy Osbourne, And Joan Crawford On The Crazy Train
Before we get to Pat Boone doing Heavy Metal, the air needs to be cleared about Joan Crawford. She got smeared with lies by an ungrateful, adopted daughter. The book was called Mommie Dearest, and it came out after Joan died. I wasn't big into movies then, yet I do remember the book coming out. It was like the McMartin Preschool trial. I heard about it and went wow, but other than that, I never got to the bottom of it until recently.
The same kind of smear job happened to Bette Davis by another ingrate daughter. Unfortunately for Bette, she got smeared while still alive. She had a stroke. She got bad press. Her last years were not kind to her. Getting stabbed in the back by a family member is no good. If the allegations were true, fine, but they weren't.
Here's a good website if anyone wants to get the real story of Joan Crawford and her adopted children. It's called Legendary Joan Crawford. I think Joan was every bit the actress Bette was. They were both hot stuff in their youth. They both continually got the job done as they moved into middle age and then even older. That's the sign of quality actors, when they show such longevity.
Joan's grandson Casey has set up a page where he is answering questions and defending Joan's honour. She was a good person.
Joan did a movie called Straight-Jacket. I wasn't able to find it at youtube. I have watched her in some others. She was pretty good in Grand Hotel, the one where Garbo played the ballerina. Crawford actually had a bigger part in that movie than Greta. She was very hot. I also saw her in the Whatever Happened to Baby Jane movie. She was wicked awesome in that one. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were the Larry Bird and Magic Johnson of cinema. They pushed each other to greatness. Even though Hollywood discriminates against a lot of people for roles, including older folks, those two continued to find quality parts after age 40.
Anyway, I found clips from Straight-Jacket, and there was this really nice song going with one of them. By the end, I was like wait a second, I know that tune.
Here's Pat Boone's version of Crazy Train followed by Ozzy's original. I like 'em both. You gotta appreciate a cover song that pays homage to a tune yet is presented with a different schtick. Who'd a thunk Pat Boone could be so cool?