Description : The movie The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, focused the spotlight on Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as the chairman of McDonald’s. But what about his wife Joan, the woman who became famous for giving away his fortune? Lisa Napoli tells the fascinating story behind the historic couple. Ray & Joan is a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling Mad Men–era salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise that would become one of the world’s most enduring brands, and a beautiful woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes that touched her deeply. Ray Kroc was peddling franchises around the country for a fledgling hamburger stand in the 1950s—McDonald’s, it was called—when he entered a St. Paul supper club and encountered a beautiful young piano player who would change his life forever. The attraction between Ray and Joan was instantaneous and instantly problematic. Yet even the fact that both were married to other people couldn’t derail their roller coaster of a romance. To the outside world, Ray and Joan were happy, enormously rich, and giving. But privately, Joan was growing troubled over Ray’s temper and dark secret, something she was reluctant to publicly reveal. Those close to them compared their relationship to that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. And yet, this volatility paved the way for Joan’s transformation into one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. A force in the peace movement, she produced activist films, books, and music and ultimately gave away billions of dollars, including landmark gifts to the Salvation Army and NPR. Together, the two stories form a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love, and big giving.
Description : In the 1950s, salesman Ray Kroc transformed a successful burger stand into McDonald's, the most popular fast food chain in history. At the same time he married Joan, who ended up giving his fortune away to controversial causes in which she believed. Ray and Joan is a story that forms a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: of big business, big love and big giving.
Description : " Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography explores the life and career of one of Hollywood's great dames. She was a leading film personality for more than fifty years, from her beginnings as a dancer in silent films of the 1920s, to her portrayals of working-class shop girls in the Depression thirties, to her Oscar-winning performances in classic films such as Mildred Pierce. Crawford's legacy has become somewhat tarnished in the wake of her daughter Christina's memoir, Mommie Dearest, which turned her into a national joke. Today, many picture Crawford only as a wire hanger-wielding shrew rather than the personification of Hollywood glamour. This new biography of Crawford sets the record straight, going beyond the gossip to find the truth about the legendary actress. The authors knew Crawford well and conducted scores of interviews with her and many of her friends and co-stars, including Frank Capra, George Cukor, Nicholas Ray, and Sidney Greenstreet. Far from a whitewash -- Crawford was indeed a colorful and difficult character -- Joan Crawford corrects many lies and tells the story of one of Hollywood's most influential stars, complete with on-set anecdotes and other movie lore. Through extensive interviews, in-depth analysis, and evaluation of her films and performances -- both successes and failures -- Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell present Crawford's story as both an appreciation and a reevaluation of her extraordinary life and career. Filled with new interviews, Joan Crawford tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Hollywood icon. Lawrence J. Quirk is the author of many books on film, including Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled. William Schoell is the author of several entertainment-related books, including Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin.
Description : The lives and careers of Warner Brothers’ screen legends Joan Blondell, Nancy Coleman, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, Ruby Keeler, Andrea King, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, and Jane Wyman are the topic of this book. Some achieved great success in film and other areas of show business, but others failed to get the breaks or became victims of the studio system's sometimes unpleasant brand of politics. The personal and professional obstacles that each actress encountered are here set out in detail, often with comments from the actresses who granted interviews with the author and from those people who knew them best on and off the movie set. A filmography is included for each of the fifteen.
Description : Someone murdered Amanda Harris. That's the conclusion of her sister, Joan, when she travels to the denominational headquarters of the Apostolic Community Church and learns the details of Amanda's death. Officials claim Amanda, who had been the chief financial officer, committed suicide. Joan suspects her sister was murdered by none other than Horace Ray Brown, the ruling bishop of the denomination. Joan's desperate search for the truth uncovers an international conspiracy that spans three continents and involves drug smuggling, financial fraud, and political corruption.
Description : When an ice storm leaves professor Lucy Guerin stranded in rural Arkansas, she's forced to accept shelter in the secluded home of woodworker Richard Banner. Handsome as sin and twice as grumpy, Banner is not quite what Lucy had envisioned when she'd added "eligible bachelor" to her Christmas wish list. But his awkward kindness and rare, warm smile are more than she bargained for. And his reluctance to open his home—or his heart—to anyone is a challenge she's ready to face. Isn't Christmas the season for miracles? If only Lucy can entice Banner to slip under the mistletoe with her... Then she'd tempt him with a love he could believe in.
Description : It takes firm roots and strong limbs to live through war, accidents, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and the death of loved ones and still have a positive outlook on life.From the 1020s to the present, Firm Roots-Strong Limbs takes us through one family's love of God, family and country, and how they deal with the joys as well as the hardships in their lives.Most readers can identify with the universal themes of Alzheimer's disease and death, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bone cancer.Experience the pride of serving country and the joys of teaching troubled youth.