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  • Author:
    Susan Braudy
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    0312951450
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    978-0312951450
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    St Martins Pr (November 1, 1993)
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Although Ann Woodward was never indicted for murdering her husband, William Woodward, J. his mother, Elsie, spread the rumor that Ann had deliberately killed Billy-and spread it first by insinuating that she herself ha. .

Although Ann Woodward was never indicted for murdering her husband, William Woodward, J. 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. THIS CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE: The Golden World and Fatal Marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward. By. Get weekly book recommendations

And what a crazy thing IT was. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 13 years ago.

book by Susan Braudy. Braudy knew William Woodward III and was actually introduced to Ann Woodward herself, and she writes about a meeting with her at her maisonette apartment which had me riveted to the page. It is interesting to note that the Woodward women, strivers in their own day, all turned out to be perfect little snobs themselves. And what a crazy thing IT was.

Life Magazine called the episode "The Shooting of the Century. A version of the crime was recounted in Truman Capote's Unanswered Prayers, "La Côte Basque," calling the two principals Ann and David Hopkins.

So Ann Woodward wasn't married before, or a prostitute or the other awful things mentioned in Truman Capote's story. Did she truly love him or did she just love the status their relationship gave her? And does having more money than God really make you happy? (Spoiler alert: N. I think he was a wonderful writer and a jerk.

Billy Woodward has been presented as the victim in fiction, however, he was emotionally and physically abusive towards his wife throughout their marriage. Ann Woodward was a battered woman who became obsessed with trying to please her husband and mother-in-law

Billy Woodward has been presented as the victim in fiction, however, he was emotionally and physically abusive towards his wife throughout their marriage. Ann Woodward was a battered woman who became obsessed with trying to please her husband and mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law was so prejudiced against Ann because of her humble origins and a mother's natural bias for her son that she rejected physical and other evidence that the shooting of her son was accidental and spent the rest of her life convincing people in her social circle that it was murder

In 1955, Ann Woodward shot her husband, Billy, in their Oyster Bay, Long Island, home.

In 1955, Ann Woodward shot her husband, Billy, in their Oyster Bay, Long Island, home. Tracing Ann's life from her difficult Kansas childhood through her early years as a model and aspiring actress to her stormy marriage to Billy Woodward and the sad years of her social exile after his death, Braudy shows how Ann, a victim of cruel gossip and class snobbery, could not have deliberately killed Billy.

the golden world and fatal marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward.

This crazy thing called love Close. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. history from nann halliwell. Are you sure you want to remove This crazy thing called love from your list? This crazy thing called love. the golden world and fatal marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward. 1st ed. by Susan Braudy. Includes bibliographical references (p. 461-467) and index. Category: Biography & Memoir. Tracing Ann’s life from her difficult Kansas childhood through her early years as a model and aspiring actress to her stormy marriage to Billy Woodward and the sad years of her social exile after his death, Braudy shows how Ann, a victim of cruel gossip and class snobbery, could not have deliberately killed Billy. Also by Susan Braudy. See all books by Susan Braudy.

25,000 first printing. This Crazy Thing Called Love The Golden World and Fatal Marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward by Susan Braudy and Publisher Knopf.

An account of the murder that inspired Dominick Dunne's The Two Mrs. Grenvilles describes how the beautiful showgirl who married the reckless scion of a New York banking fortune was accused of his murder. Reprint.

Bele
I liked this book and enjoyed reading such a detailed account of Billy Woodward's death and its aftermath.

Clearly the writer knows little about horse racing as there are several errors in the book. For instance, Charles Freeman congratulates Billy Woodward on Nashua's victory in the Belmont Futurity just before he died in October 1955. The Futurity was only open to two year olds and Nashua was a three year old. The correct race was the Jockey Club Gold Cup that Nashua won a week before Woodward died. Further she continually misspells Tulyar the name of the Irish horse that Billy and others bring to the US. Further the author continually refers to Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, the Belair trainer, as Jim or James. He was known to all racing fans, turf writers etc. as Sunny Jim. In another part of the book, there is a reference of coming down to Maryland to stay for the Internationals in November. This should read for the Washington DC International run at Laurel Race Track every year.
Frlas
I knew relatively nothing about this story. I did see a movie or something a long time ago about the "Two Mrs. Grenvilles" but did not realize that it was loosely based on this tragic family. I did not want to put the book down, it was that good. A great deal of research was done and I am glad there were pictures and footnotes. It would highly recommend this book.
Scream_I LOVE YOU
After having seen the author on TV, I wanted to read this biography. I have read fictionalized versions of Ann Woodward's life written by Dominic Dunne and Truman Capote. Both cast her as an unsavory, disreputable, money obsessed hooker who married above her humble origins. The research in Susan Braudy's book is extensive and impressive. There is no evidence of Ann Woodward actually being anything worse than an insecure social climber. She was also a talented radio actress, very intelligent,a goal oriented perfectionist who set high standards to better herself. Her attempt to enter a shallow, insular world of 1950's "society" that would never truly accept her is excruciating at times. Her lazy, spoiled and entitled husband was not supportive of her, and apparently enjoyed tormenting her into further insecurities. Her entire life revolved around this weak, ineffective, alcholic man born into vast inherited wealth. His social status was his only claim to fame. She was a capable person of more substance and intelligence than he could have ever dreamed of being. How sad that her self worth was completely invested in her looks and others instead of herself. This book is also an interesting social commentary on the attitude of some women in the 40's and 1950's when they were more dependent on their husband's financially. They traded on their looks and hoped to make a good marriage at a time of income inequality in the workplace. This is also the story of Ann Woodward's beautiful, flawed, doomed family including two sons. Each of them dying young while having more money than they could ever spend and everything to live for. Three suicides and one violent death. Did Ann intentionally kill her husband? Who knows? This book also provides an inside view of the 1950's, when "blue blooded" members of "society" hunted tigers in India, women wore furs and major jewelry to balls while living in a superficial world of excess inhabited by morally empty and decadent professional party people like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who sold their presence to the highest bidder. I enjoyed this book and the well written insight that it provided.
Lestony
I never thought I would pity anyone in the 1%. These real life persons were silly, sad, rapacious, lascivious, and that was all on a good day. I cant imagine that their ancestors who forged their future entitlement envisioned a dilettante, wasted (in every sense of the word) lifestyle but there you have it. To further ad cultural insult to injury, the loveless motherless children were first window dressing and then pawns, and so unfairly suffered the most.

Additionally the editing was sloppy, for example making the younger Woodward son 7, then 9, on the day of his fathers death.

Im so grateful that i grew up with parents who loved and motivated me. A fascinating read if you like to be disgusted.
Nuadora
I liked the objectivity of this book. I've read all about this case and the fictionalized versions. This is more believable but what a shame. Her life was very sad after this shooting and her sons deaths are tragic.