Joan Crawford Biography
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay in San Antonio, Texas. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she’d had three stepfathers.
It wasn’t an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs. Joan Crawford, she is an American film and television actress counted among the greatest female stars of Hollywood movies.
Raised in a dysfunctional family, her early life was quite chaotic. She could not even focus on her formal education owing to her family problems. Ambitious from a young age, she moved past her difficult childhood to her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies.
Joan Crawford Career
Under the name Lucille LeSueur, Crawford began dancing in the choruses of traveling revues, and was spotted dancing in Detroit by producer Jacob J. 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.
Crawford wanted additional work and approached Loews Theaters publicist Nils Granlund. Granlund secured a position for her with singer Harry Richman’s act and arranged for her to do a screen test which he sent to producer Harry Rapf in Hollywood.
Self Promotion And Early Success
Growing increasingly frustrated over the size and quality of the parts she was given, Crawford embarked on a campaign of self-promotion. Her strategy worked and MGM cast her in the film where she first made an impression on audiences.
In 1926, Crawford was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, along with Mary Astor. Within a few years, she became the romantic female lead to many of MGM’s top male stars, including Ramón Novarro.
She stated that she learned more about acting from watching Chaney work than from anyone else in her career. “It was then”, she said, “I became aware for the first time of the difference between standing in front of a camera, and acting.
Joan Crawford Filmography
Joan Crawford filmography lists the film appearances of American actress Joan Crawford, who starred in numerous motion pictures throughout a lengthy career that spanned nearly five decades.
She made her film debut in Lady of the Night (1925), as a body double for film star Norma ShearerShe appeared in several other films before she made her major breakthrough. Crawford would become a highly popular actress throughout the 1930s, as a leading lady for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
In 1953, Crawford starred in the musical Torch Song, her final film role for MGM. Her next film Johnny Guitar, although not a major hit, is one of Crawford’s most popular films among her fans. Her final film performance was in British science fiction.
Joan Crawford facts
Joan Crawford was one of the most active and glamorous stars in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. Her entire filmography spans a 45-year period from 1925 to 1970 and includes over 70 films, from silent pictures to talkies. Best known for her portrayals of ruthless women, Crawford counted Hollywood’s most memorable actors among her co-stars.
- She married four times and divorced three times. Her last husband, Alfred Steele, died in 1959.
Birthday March 23 and Born in 1908.
Joan Crawford Family And Husband
In 1947, after her divorce from Phil Terry, Joan Crawford adopted two baby girls, born one month apart. She called them her twins, although they were not related in any way. Crawford remained single until May when she eloped with Pepsi Cola. The couple lived an extremely lavish lifestyle in New York. When Steele died unexpectedly of a heart attack Crawford was left to pay the bills and to raise her four children.
In addition to her film career, Crawford made 13 television appearances during the last 25 years. These included three appearances on GE Theater and one on Zane Grey Theater between 1954 and 1959. In 1961, she made a second appearance on Zane Grey Theater, and in 1968 she starred with comedienne Lucille Ball on the Lucy Show.
Joan Crawford Networth
Joan Crawford was an American actress who has a net worth of $8 million.
Joan Crawford Education
After attending a Catholic boarding school, St. Agnes, Lucille moved to the Rockingham Academy as a working student. Life at the academy was harsh; she was physically and emotionally abused by her headmistress.
In 1922, she entered Stephens College, a girls’ school in Columbia, again as a working student. However, she dropped out after a few months.
Joan Crawford Awards
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce Beragon in the drama film ‘Mildred Pierce’ (1945).
Crawford was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by John Wayne at the Golden Globes in 1970.
When Did Joan Crawford Die? The Screen Legend Is Still Remembered To This Day
The first season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series Feud is winding down on the careers of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the mid-1960s. In Episode 7, “Abandoned!,” it was said that sabotaging production on Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte ended Crawford’s career. While it may have been true that she fizzled into obscurity after that, and she certainly never mustered up another Oscar nomination, Crawford did go on to make a few more films through ailing health. But her near-constant drinking and smoking well into old age as depicted on Feud might have viewers wondering: when did Joan Crawford die?
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte filmed in 1964, and Joan Crawford died in 1977. After Sweet Charlotte, she went on to make four more feature films, with British horror movie Troggs her last in 1970. She made one more television appearance and three more made-for-TV movies after that, ending her screen career in 1975. Late in 1974, Crawford attended a party in honor of actress Rosalind Russell. The next day, she was so embarrassed by how unflattering the photographs of her at the party were that she never appeared publicly again, famously saying, “If that’s how I look, then they won’t see me anymore.”
She became more and more reclusive after that, hiding away in her Upper East Side apartment until her death. From about 1972 to 1975, she suffered dental issues that required surgery and round-the-clock nursing care. In 1974, while mixing alcohol with antibiotics, she passed out and hit her face. It was this incident that finally led her to stop drinking. Crawford was eventually diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she refused treatment on the grounds of being a Christian Scientist.
On May 8, 1977, she decided she was too ill to continue caring for her dog, a Shih Tzu named Princess Lotus Blossom and gave her away. Crawford died of a heart attack in her apartment two days later, which, according to a biography called Not The Girl Next Door, “was what she had wanted, ‘not a discussion of my insides.'” It was rumored that Crawford may have committed suicide, but her first husband Douglas Fairbanks Jr. insisted, knowing Crawford, that there was no merit to them:
She had the strong will to be able to do it, if it was what she had wanted to do, but nobody could convince me she would want to do that. Even in pain, even with no hope of ever getting better, I feel it was against her religious and ethical beliefs. It took the greater strength for her to go on. She liked to be in control of her life as much as possible, and she didn’t like to feel out of control. I believe that when she heard the bad news—no hope—she waited for a natural death without trying to prolong a life she didn’t consider would be worth living. She wanted to die in a dignified way, looking as well as she could. I know that.
Crawford was cremated according to her wishes and her urn was placed next to her late husband Alfred Steele’s at a cemetery in Westchester.