CENTER DOOR FANCY by Joan Blondell

CENTER DOOR FANCY

KIRKUS REVIEW

Remember Joan Blondell, who was one of the Gold Diggers of the '30's, with that sunny smile? Sometimes you suspect she's a lot accountable for her so-called heroine Nora Marten (particularly when her Daddy calls her ""pop-eyes"") who walks through that center door fancy on a vaudeville stage with him at the age of five; it's the hard way, eleven months of one night stands, lucky to eat off an electric plate. Nora turns out to be an early bloomer (Miss Mobile in a beauty contest in that city), goes to work in New York in a bookstore where she's raped by a policeman, but finally she hits Hollywood where three husbands, all rotten, left her ""heartsick and drained."" It's best to remember that sunny smile -- this is just awful en route from ""alley"" to ""oop.

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 1972
Publisher: Delacorte