Christina Crawford
American writer and actor
Christina Crawford
Christina Crawford is an American writer and actress, best known as the author of Mommie Dearest, an exposé of alleged child abuse by her mother, actress Joan Crawford.
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What's the Most Shocking Thing About Tell-All 'Mommie Dearest Diary'?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One expects Shock -- with a capital 'S' -- when reading a book called The Mommie Dearest Diary -- Carol Ann Tells All. And actress Rutanya Alda's book, all about the nightmare of playing Joan Crawford's faithful maid opposite Faye Dunaway in the notorious 1981 camp classic, does not disappoint. All the rumors about Ms. Dunaway's grandstanding diva behavior are true, if Ms. Alda is to be believed. And its easy to believe what you're reading. Because the biggest shock about Alda's memoirs is it's tone. Despite justifiably having a "Tina, bring me the ax-to-grind" against Ms. Dunaway, the actress isn't mean-spirited or shrill. It is, in fact, a balanced memoir. Most readers will be engrossed, but those looking for a literary cat fight may be disappointed. The book is broken down into three parts, First, a brief autobiography introduces readers to who Ms. Rutanya Alda is (an accomplished veteran film actress with a resume that includes classics like "The Deer Hunter" as well as c ...
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Faye Dunaway Will Open Up About 'Mommie Dearest' In A New Book: Report
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Faye Dunaway may finally open up about what really went on behind the scenes of the 1981 camp classic, "Mommie Dearest." Publisher’s Lunch mentioned the prospective memoir in a recent newsletter, according to Queerty: Academy Award winning actress Faye Dunaway’s recollections, stories and behind the scenes account of the making of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, Mommie Dearest, to Julia Cheiffetz at Dey Street Books, by Alan Nevins at Renaissance (World). If the book materializes, it will mark one of the first times that Dunaway, 74, has discussed "Mommie Dearest" in any length. She is believed to have blamed the Joan Crawford biopic for nearly destroying her career, and journalists have reportedly been instructed to make no reference to the movie when interviewing the star, as The Guardian's Xan Brooks pointed out in 2008. Dunaway, who nabbed an Academy Award in 1976 for "Network," is said to have been aiming for another Oscar nod for her portrayal of Joan Crawf ...
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Joan Crawford's Daughter Christina On 'Surviving Mommie Dearest'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The camp extravagance of 1981's "Mommie Dearest” has made it a favorite of drag performers and Lifetime Television audiences, but there's one notable person who saw the movie in its entirety only once: Christina Crawford herself. “It wasn’t accurate,” Crawford now says of the biopic, which introduced unintentionally zany lines like “No wire hangers!” into the pop culture lexicon and was based on her controversial 1978 book of the same name. “It did not portray the essence of my book, and it changed the point of view. My book is told from the point of view of a young person who is trying to get through trauma, while the movie tells the story from the stance of the movie star who creates that trauma. That’s a very different story.” Crawford, 74, says Hollywood’s misconceptions about the troubled relationship between her and her adoptive mother, Joan Crawford, inspired “Surviving Mommie Dearest.” The production is a new, feature-length documentary and a one-woman multimedia show tha ...
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Howard Bragman: Gwissues: One-on-One With Christina Crawford (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, white, black or brown, we all know that infamous line: "No more wire hangers!" But behind the quintessential campy movie Mommie Dearest is a dark tell-all by Christina Crawford about her struggles with her abusive mother, legendary actress Joan Crawford. On this week's episode of Gwissues, I spend time with Christina, who dishes about her painful childhood and why she continues to support organizations that lend a helping hand to those who have been abused. Christina sets the record straight on the her abusive relationship with her legendary mother and what in her tell-all the movie left out. Additionally, she talks about her hilarious, successful, one-woman, Off-Broadway show, Surviving Mommie Dearest. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, watch this episode of Gwissues before you do! WATCH: Gwissues, a YouTube show, airs on Gwist.tv.
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Demand for nursing graduates may increase in 2014
The Collegrian - almost 5 years
Fresno State nursing students Carolyn Rowley, Jian Lin and Whitney Fisher study for a skills test in the Henry Madden Library. Although currently nursing positions are hard to come by in the Valley, projections look promising for the future. Esteban Cortez / The Collegian The College of Health and Human Services offers a Nursing degree option, one of the most impacted areas of study at Fresno State. Prospective students have to compete for only 70 openings each year to the nursing baccalaureate program, then must face a hard reality upon graduation: the job market in Fresno County is slow and projected to stay that way. “The demand for nursing students rises and falls,” said Andrew Hoff, dean of the college. “There have been times when every graduate had a job waiting for them. That’s not true now because there are more nursing graduates than are needed in the workforce.” Hoff expects the job picture to improve when the national health care program takes full effect in 20 ...
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- 書與人 - 亞洲週刊 (需訂閲)
Google News - over 5 years
克勞馥(Christina Crawford)撰寫的回憶錄《最親愛的媽咪》(Mommie Dearest),把「媽媽的可恨」表現得更淋漓盡致。媽媽瓊.克勞馥(Joan Crawford,港譯鍾歌羅馥)是女強人,凡事苛求,卻從沒真正愛過誰,包括自己的子女。媽媽要求孩子及僕人用腳尖走路,不得喧嘩;規定吃
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Season Two for Tough Enough? - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
It also introduced notable names such as Ariane Andrew and Christina Crawford, who have since signed contracts with WWE, as well as the former Miss USA, Rima Fakih. It has been rumored that recently retired WWE Diva, Michelle McCool, could be added to
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Double Dose of FCW Watch: Naomi vs Sonia + AJ, Kaitlyn, & Caylee vs Sonia ... - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
The week following highlights a six Diva tag team match featuring AJ, Kaitlyn, and the TV in-ring debut of Caylee Turner (Christina Crawford) against Sonia, Audrey Marie, and the also TV ring debut of Raquel Diaz (Shaul Guerrero)
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Ariane Andrew and Christina Crawford Re-added to FCW Website - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
The FCW website has officially re-added the profiles of both Tough Enough alumni, Christina Crawford and Ariane Andrew as of this morning. Last week, Andrew's profile was removed just days after her addition to the site, but it looks as if they just
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Church to offer Sunday school for children with special needs - Columbia Missourian
Google News - over 5 years
Jack and Christina Crawford usually sit in the back pews during services at other churches with their sons Patrick, 4, and Gavin, 12. Gavin has autism. The Crawfords are concerned that gestures associated with autism, such as hand-slapping,
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Tough Enough's Ariane Added to FCW Roster, New Ring Name - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Andrew, who was the first contestant cut in the Tough Enough premiere by Stone Cold Steve Austin, is now going under the name Cameron Lynn. Still to be added are fellow former TE contestant, Christina Crawford and Irena Janjic, both of whom debuted (or
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5 Memorable Moments From Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethons - Moviefone (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And, in ten years, we all will be quite familiar with Christina Crawford who would write the best selling takedown of Joan's parenting skills, 'Mommie Dearest.' As soon as Christina comes on stage, watch as Joan pretty abruptly drags Christina off of
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Sensory-sensitive movie series returns to wow kids - Columbia Daily Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Jack and Christina Crawford watch “Cars 2” with their sons, 12-year-old Gavin and 4-year-old John, Saturday at the Sensory-Sensitive Saturday movie at Hollywood Theaters. The movie's sounds were quieted for children with neurodevelopment challenges
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Another Tough Enough Contestant Debuts in WWE Developmental - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Diva Dirt recently reported that fellow TE contestant, Christina Crawford, signed a new developmental deal and has already returned to FCW. You can be the first one to leave a comment. You must be logged in to post a comment
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'Tough Enough' Contestant Returns, The Bella Twins Website - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
-- WWE Tough Enough contestant Christina Crawford has apparently re-signed with WWE as she recently resurfaced in Florida Championship Wrestling. She is performing under the name Caylee Turner
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8.22: "Mommie Deadest" - PopStar.com Celebrity News
Google News - over 5 years
Mommie Deadest a play on the title of the book, 'Mommie Dearest' penned by Joan Crawford's daughter, Christina Crawford, about the abusive treatment from her alcoholic mother. (Made into a movie in 1981 with Faye Dunaway. No wonder Bette Davis treated
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Early Over The Limit Buyrate, Tyler Black-WWE Update - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Eliminated WWE Tough Enough talent Christina Crawford returned at an FCW event last Wednesday night. Christina teamed with new FCW Diva Irena Janjic and lost. -- Several FCW talents had to perform in the rain at a June 24th event that was held outdoors
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christina Crawford
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 73
    In 2013, she made a documentary titled Surviving Mommie Dearest.
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  • 2011
    Age 71
    In 2011, Crawford founded the non-profit Benewah Human Rights Coalition and served as the organization's first president.
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  • 2009
    Age 69
    On November 22, 2009, she was appointed county commissioner in Benewah County, Idaho, by Governor Butch Otter, though she lost her bid for election in November 2010.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    In 1999 Crawford began working as a director of marketing at the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho.
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  • 1998
    Age 58
    She formed Seven Springs Press in 1998 to publish the 20th-anniversary edition of Mommie Dearest in paperback from the original manuscript.
    More Details Hide Details This included material omitted from the first printing about the years following her graduation from high school.
  • 1994
    Age 54
    She ran a bed and breakfast called "Seven Springs Farms" in Tensed, Idaho, between 1994 and 1999.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 41
    After a near-fatal stroke in 1981, Crawford spent five years in rehabilitation before moving to the Northwest.
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    In 1981, a movie version of the same title was released, starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford and Diana Scarwid as Christina.
    More Details Hide Details The film, while critically panned, went on to gross more than $39 million worldwide from a $5 million budget, and garnered five Golden Raspberry Awards. The film is now regarded as an unintentional comedy and a cult classic. Christina has published subsequent books, including Survivor. For seven years she served as a member of Los Angeles' Inter-Agency Council on Abuse and Neglect Associates, during which time she campaigned for the reform of laws regarding child abuse and child trafficking.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 38
    In 1978, Crawford's book Mommie Dearest was released.
    More Details Hide Details It accused her mother of being a cruel, violent, neglectful, and manipulative narcissistic parent, as she adopted her children for publicity instead of out of a desire to be a responsible, humane mother. It also raised public discourse about child abuse, which was just beginning to be widely acknowledged as a problem.
  • 1977
    Age 37
    In November 1977 Christina and her brother sued to invalidate their mother's will, which she signed on October 18, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Cathy LaLonde (another Crawford daughter) and her husband, Jerome, the complaint charged, "took deliberate advantage of decedent's seclusion and weakened and distorted mental and physical condition to insinuate themselves" into Miss Crawford's favor. A court settlement was reached on July 13, 1979, awarding Christina and Christopher $55,000 from their mother's estate.
    After Joan Crawford died in 1977, Christina and her brother Christopher discovered that their mother had disinherited them from her $2 million estate, her will citing "reasons which are well-known to them".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    When she went on sick leave in October 1968, Joan Crawford, then over 60 years old, asked for the role of the 24-year-old character.
    More Details Hide Details She did this without mentioning it to her daughter, and under the guise of "holding the role" for Christina, so that the part wouldn't be recast during her absence, appearing in four episodes. Viewers increased 40% during this replacement time, and Christina, already feeling betrayed, also felt embarrassed due to her mother's seemingly intoxicated performance. Eventually let go from the series, Christina believed her mother's interference had contributed to her departure. The producers, however, claimed that the character and her storyline had simply run its course. Crawford would also appear on other TV programmes, including Medical Center, Marcus Welby, M.D., Matt Lincoln, Ironside and The Sixth Sense.
    She also had a role in Faces, a 1968 film directed by John Cassavetes and starring John Marley and Gena Rowlands.
    More Details Hide Details Christina played "Joan Borman Kane" on the soap opera The Secret Storm in New York from 1968 until 1969.
  • 1965
    Age 25
    In October 1965 she appeared in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, with Myrna Loy, a friend of her mother.
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  • 1962
    Age 22
    In 1962, she appeared in the play The Complaisant Lover.
    More Details Hide Details She played five character parts in Ben Hecht's controversial play Winkelberg; that same year, she appeared on the CBS courtroom drama The Verdict is Yours.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    Also in 1961, Crawford appeared in a small role in Wild in the Country, a film starring Elvis Presley.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she made a guest appearance on Dean Miller's NBC celebrity interview program Here's Hollywood, promoting the films.
  • 1960
    Age 20
    In 1960, Crawford accepted a role in the film Force of Impulse, which was released in 1961.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Age 3
    Her siblings are Christopher, adopted in 1943, and twin girls, Catherine (Cathy) and Cynthia (Cindy), adopted in 1947. Another boy, also named Christopher, was adopted in 1942 but he was reclaimed by his birth mother.
    More Details Hide Details Christina Crawford has stated that her childhood was affected by her adopted mother's alcoholism and violent menstrual mood swings. At the age of ten she was sent to Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California, where many other celebrity children were in attendance. However, her mother removed her from Chadwick because of alleged "misbehavior" with several of the male students. Joan Crawford then placed her in a Catholic boarding school, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada (now the city of La Cañada Flintridge), California, and curtailed Christina's outside contact until her graduation. After graduating from Flintridge, Crawford moved from California to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and then to New York City where she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan. After seven years, she gained a bachelor of arts from UCLA. Christina met Harvey Medlinsky, a Broadway stage manager, while attending acting school. They were married briefly. She met her second husband, film producer David Koontz, while she worked in public relations for Getty Oil.
  • 1940
    Age 0
    According to Christina Crawford's personal interview with Larry King, her father was married to another woman, and supposedly in the Navy, while her mother was unmarried. Christina Crawford was adopted from a baby broker in the state of Nevada because Joan Crawford was formerly denied an adoption by social services for being an unfit candidate in California in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Christina Crawford maintains that Joan Crawford did not have a positive relationship with her own mother or with her brother, which contributed to social services' conclusion, as well as her multiple divorces. Subsequent documentation showed that the adoption was handled by Georgia Tann through Tann's infamous Tennessee Children's Home Society. Christina was one of five children adopted by Joan Crawford.
  • 1939
    Born
    Crawford was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1939 to unmarried teen parents.
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