Joan Crawford

American actress Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford, born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actress in film, television and theatre. Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s.
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Deceased
10 May 1977

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Cliff Robertson, 88, Oscar-Winning Rebel
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Cliff Robertson, the ruggedly handsome actor who won an Oscar for ''Charly'' but found himself frozen out of jobs for almost four years after he exposed a prominent Hollywood studio boss as a forger and embezzler, died Saturday on Long Island. He was 88 and lived in Water Mill, N.Y. A son-in-law, Donald Saunders, said Mr. Robertson died at Stony
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Cliff Robertson, 88, Oscar-Winning Rebel, Dies
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Cliff Robertson, the ruggedly handsome actor who won an Oscar for ''Charly'' but found himself frozen out of jobs for almost four years after he exposed a prominent Hollywood studio boss as a forger and embezzler, died Saturday on Long Island. He was 88 and lived in Water Mill, N.Y. A son-in-law, Donald Saunders, said Mr. Robertson died at Stony
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Venice Film Festival Goes Back to the Future
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VENICE -- At least two of the top billings at the Venice Film Festival this year are calculated to scare the living daylights out of us: Abel Ferrara's in-competition ''4:44 Last Day on Earth'' and Steven Soderbergh's out-of-competition ''Contagion'' promise to give us a glimpse of the end-of-the-world lurking just around the corner. The major
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Danielle's “Go Home” look (That wasn't that bad) with Team Bryce - Portland Monthly (blog)
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Then she says one sentence that made my right eyebrow arch like Joan Crawford. “I tried my best to get out yesterday.” Gasp!! She was trying to tank the runway challenge with that ghastly dress and she still couldn't get sent home? Wow
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Missing Manila – but not its gossip - Inquirer.net
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The actress was considered competition for the likes of Greta Garbo and other Hollywood sexpots like Mae West and Jean Harlow before the studios declared her box-office poison like Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. She found a lucrative career in
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New in Local Theaters 08/25/11 - Bloomington Pantagraph
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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star as sisters and roommates, struggling to cope with their past fame and each other. (NL) Columbiana: 107 min.; PG-13 (violence, disturbing images, sexuality, language) A trained assassin seeks revenge on the killer of
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Normal Theater this weekend: 'Baby Jane', 'Sunset Boulevard' - WJBC News
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Well, I disagree and here's why – Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the same movie. And Gloria Swanson, after William Holden tells here she used to be big in pictures, telling us “I am big, it's the pictures that got small”. These are moments meant for
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Joan Crawford on TCM: MILDRED PIERCE, WHEN LADIES MEET, FLAMINGO ROAD - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Joan Crawford (right, in Daisy Kenyon) is Turner Classic Movies' next "Summer Under the Stars" star. On Monday, August 22, TCM will be showing 13 Joan Crawford movies, in addition to Peter Fitzgerald's documentary Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star
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The Good, The Bad, Not the Ugly
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Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott, the co-chief film critics of The New York Times, answer your questions in a monthly column that appears in print and online. Here they take on questions about actors and stars. You can write them at askthefilmcritics@nytimes.com. Q. Do you believe that there are any reliably bankable actors left in Hollywood, or has
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Joan Crawford Accepts Oscar For Anne Bancroft - Village Voice (blog)
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Well, that darling little Joan Crawford--who'd feuded with Bette Davis on the Baby Jane set, as well as all her adult life--had craftily sent letters to the non-Davis nominees saying that in case they couldn't make the awards ceremony, she'd gladly be
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Whatever happened to Joan and Bette? - Chicago Tribune
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Made for less than $1 million by director Robert Aldrich, the film pairs Joan Crawford and Bette Davis as the demented Hudson sisters, middle-age former actresses in a co-dependent relationship of passive-aggression and flat-out aggression-aggression
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SOCIAL Q'S; No Bringing Up Baby on Facebook
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My husband and I are expecting our first child, and we plan to tell his parents after the first trimester. My mother-in-law posts photos and personal information on Facebook indiscriminately. But for privacy and safety reasons, I prefer no mention of my pregnancy on Facebook or anything about our child, even after he is born. Subtle messages don't
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The Listings
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Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Another Earth' (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction film about
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HBO dominates the Emmy Awards nominations - Los Angeles Times
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(Helen Sloan / HBO / July 15, 2011) The period melodrama about a self-made woman with a spoiled, backstabbing daughter earned Joan Crawford her first and only Oscar for the 1945 film version of the James M. Cain novel. And on Thursday, HBO's lavish
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 71
    On May 8, 1977, Crawford gave away her beloved Shih Tzu, "Princess Lotus Blossom," being too weak to care for it. She died two days later at her New York apartment from a heart attack. A funeral was held at Campbell Funeral Home, New York, on May 13, 1977.
    A memorial service was held for Crawford at All Souls' Unitarian Church on Lexington Avenue in New York on May 16, 1977, and was attended by, among others, her old Hollywood friend Myrna Loy.
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  • 1976
    Age 70
    In her will, which was signed October 28, 1976, Crawford bequeathed to her two youngest children, Cindy and Cathy, $77,500 each from her $2,000,000 estate.
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  • 1974
    Age 68
    While on antibiotics for this problem in October 1974, her drinking caused her to pass out, slip and strike her face.
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    Her last public appearance was September 23, 1974, at a party honoring her old friend Rosalind Russell at New York's Rainbow Room.
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  • 1973
    Age 67
    In September 1973, Crawford moved from apartment 22-G to a smaller apartment next door (22-H) at the Imperial House.
  • 1971
    Age 65
    Crawford's next book, My Way of Life, was published in 1971 by Simon & Schuster.
  • 1970
    Age 64
    In 1970, Crawford was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by John Wayne at the Golden Globes, which was telecast from the Coconut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
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    Crawford made three more television appearances, as Stephanie White in a 1970 episode ("The Nightmare") of The Virginian and as Joan Fairchild (her final performance) in a 1972 episode ("Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death") of The Sixth Sense.
    She made a cameo appearance as herself in the first episode of the situation comedy The Tim Conway Show, which aired on January 30, 1970.
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  • 1969
    Age 63
    Crawford's appearance in the 1969 television film Night Gallery (which served as pilot to the series that followed), marked one of Steven Spielberg's earliest directing jobs.
  • 1968
    Age 62
    In October 1968, Crawford's 29-year-old daughter, Christina (who was then acting in New York on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm), needed immediate medical attention for a ruptured ovarian tumor.
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    When he died in 1968, Crawford arranged for him to be cremated and his ashes scattered at Muskoka Lakes, Canada.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 59
    In 1965 she played Amy Nelson in I Saw What You Did (1965), another William Castle vehicle.
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  • 1960
    Age 54
    Upon her death there were found in her apartment photographs of John F. Kennedy, for whom she had reportedly voted in the 1960 presidential election.
  • 1959
    Age 53
    After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1955
    Age 49
    Crawford married her fourth and final husband, Alfred Steele, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on May 10, 1955.
    In 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele.
  • 1954
    Age 48
    In 1954, she starred in Johnny Guitar, a camp western film, co-starring Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge.
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  • 1952
    Age 46
    After her Academy Award nominated performance in 1952's Sudden Fear, Crawford continued to work steadily throughout the rest of the decade.
  • 1950
    Age 44
    Crawford and Steele met at a party in 1950 when Steele was an executive at PepsiCo.
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  • 1947
    Age 41
    Crawford adopted two more children in 1947, identical twins whom she named Cindy and Cathy.
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  • 1946
    Age 40
    The couple adopted another boy, whom they named Phillip Terry, Jr. After the marriage ended in 1946, Crawford changed the child's name to Christopher Crawford.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 38
    Crawford said one of the main reasons she signed with Warner Brothers was because she wanted to play the character "Mattie" in a proposed 1944 film version of Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome (1911).
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  • 1943
    Age 37
    For $500,000, Crawford signed with Warner Brothers for a three movie deal and was placed on the payroll on July 1, 1943.
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    After eighteen years, Crawford's contract with MGM was terminated by mutual consent on June 29, 1943.
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  • 1942
    Age 36
    She married actor Phillip Terry on July 21, 1942 after a six-month courtship.
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  • 1940
    Age 34
    Crawford adopted her first child, a daughter, in 1940.
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  • 1939
    Age 33
    She made a comeback in 1939 with her role as home-wrecker Crystal Allen in The Women opposite her professional nemesis, Norma Shearer.
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    Before and during their marriage, Crawford worked to promote Tone's Hollywood career, but Tone was ultimately not interested in being a movie star and Crawford eventually wearied of the effort. After Tone reportedly began drinking and becoming physically abusive, she filed for divorce, which was granted in 1939.
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  • 1938
    Age 32
    On May 3, 1938, Crawford — along with Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Luise Rainer, and John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Dolores del Río and others — was dubbed "Box Office Poison" in an open letter in the Independent Film Journal.
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  • 1937
    Age 31
    In 1937, Crawford was proclaimed the first "Queen of the Movies" by Life magazine.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 29
    In 1935, Crawford married Franchot Tone, a stage actor from New York who planned to use his film earnings to finance his theatre group.
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  • 1933
    Age 27
    In May 1933, Crawford divorced Fairbanks.
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  • 1932
    Age 26
    Despite the failure of Rain, in 1932 the publishing of the first "Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll" placed Crawford third in popularity at the box office, behind only Marie Dressler and Janet Gaynor.
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  • 1931
    Age 25
    Her only other notable film of 1931, This Modern Age, was released in August, and despite unfavorable reviews, was a moderate success.
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    Dance, Fools, Dance, released in February 1931, was the first pairing of Crawford and Gable.
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    In 1931, MGM cast Crawford in five films.
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  • 1930
    Age 24
    Thomas LeSueur abandoned the family a few months before Crawford's birth but reappeared in Abilene, Texas, in 1930 as a reportedly 62-year-old construction laborer.
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  • 1929
    Age 23
    Crawford made a successful transition to talkies. Her first starring role in an all-sound feature-length film was in Untamed in 1929, co-starring Robert Montgomery.
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of Crawford: On June 3, 1929, Crawford married Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church (known as "The Actors' Chapel" due to its proximity to Broadway theatres) in Manhattan, although neither was Catholic.
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  • 1928
    Age 22
    In 1928, Crawford starred opposite Ramón Novarro in Across to Singapore, but it was her role as Diana Medford in Our Dancing Daughters (1928) that catapulted her to stardom.
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  • 1927
    Age 21
    Also in 1927, she appeared alongside her close friend, William Haines, in Spring Fever, which was the first of three movies the duo made together.
  • 1926
    Age 20
    In 1926, Crawford was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars along with Mary Astor, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor, and Fay Wray among others.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1925
    Age 19
    Credited as Lucille LeSueur, her first film was Lady of the Night in 1925, as the body double for MGM's most-popular female star, Norma Shearer.
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    She departed Kansas City on December 26 and arrived in Culver City, California on January 1, 1925.
    Beginning her career as a dancer in travelling theatrical companies, before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway, Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925.
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  • 1924
    Age 18
    Rapf notified Granlund on December 24, 1924 that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (or MGM for short) had offered Crawford a contract at $75 a week.
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    Under the name Lucille LeSueur, Crawford began dancing in the choruses of traveling revues and was spotted dancing in Detroit by producer Jacob J. Shubert. Shubert put her in the chorus line for his 1924 show, Innocent Eyes, at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in New York City. While appearing in Innocent Eyes Crawford met a saxophone player named James Welton. The two were allegedly married in 1924 and lived together for several months, although this supposed marriage was never mentioned in later life by Crawford.
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  • 1922
    Age 16
    In 1922, she registered at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, giving her year of birth as 1906.
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  • OTHER
  • 1904
    Age -2
    Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23; the year is disputed, with 1904, 1905, and 1906 the most likely estimates, all cited in varying sources, the third child of Thomas E. LeSueur (died January 1, 1938), a laundry laborer, and Anna Bell Johnson (died August 15, 1958), neither of whose years of birth can be conclusively established.
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