Tales of a Hollywood Housewife: A Memoir by The First Mrs. Lee Marvin

May 4, 2014 - Comment

At sixteen, Betty runs away from the small river town she’s always known, to live in Los Angeles with her father, an outrageous used car salesman and avid gambler. It is the first journey in what will be a remarkable life among remarkable people: Betty’s first job out of college is as Joan Crawford’s nanny,

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At sixteen, Betty runs away from the small river town she’s always known, to live in Los Angeles with her father, an outrageous used car salesman and avid gambler. It is the first journey in what will be a remarkable life among remarkable people: Betty’s first job out of college is as Joan Crawford’s nanny, caring for the Crawford children at the height of the star’s career. Hollywood is about to play an even larger role in Betty’s life when she meets a young ambitious actor named Lee Marvin. After a whirlwind courtship and a trip to Las Vegas, Betty and Lee are married. In this unique memoir, both hilarious and touching, we follow Betty as she creates a family with Lee, and is by his side as he works with Marlon Brando, John Wayne and a host of other stars. She is the penultimate hostess and Hollywood Housewife. Nobody knew what was really going on at home – until, unable to take Lee’s womanizing, drinking and abuse, Betty leaves him and strikes out on her own. What follows are adventures that could only be Betty Marvin’s; from the building of her career as an artist. To a love affair with an Italian King, to dire straits as investment con artists leave Betty suddenly homeless. After years of the Hollywood life, Betty is left with only her car, her dog and her typewriter. Forced to employ all of her skills to survive, she comes out on top. This is the story of a woman who finds the real riches that come with learning the value of a joyful life.

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CJS says:

Most interesting A most interesting book that was a quick read. While it could have used a better editor/proofreader, the book held your interest, not just during the time the author was married to Lee Marvin but her life after she was divorced from Marvin. We know from other books that Marvin was a hopeless alcoholic but the fact that he seemed to have no interest in his children, when they were little or as adults, is heartbreaking. Despite Marvin’s promises that he will take care of his ex-wife and children, he did not. Unfortunately, Betty Marvin had to learn things the hard way as her attorneys did not look after her best interests in the divorce and the judge was awed by Marvin’s celebrity so of course, also did not provide fair judgment. Betty Marvin continued to be taken in bad real estate and business deals because she was so trusting. This is one book that everyone could learn from as first, you cannot trust anyone but yourself to look after your interests, never sign anything you don’t…

Jan Genovese says:

Marvin was not Marvelous 0

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