Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Actor

BIO

Born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, but christened Joan Crawford by Hollywood, she exemplified the 1920s carefree "flapper" era to a 'T'. Her beauty and vivacity catapulted her to stardom in the late 1920s in the hugely popular silent classic "Our Dancing Daughters". Ever since that point, the resilient actress with the ever expressive eyes, the famous overpainted lips and the will of steel created for herself one of the most legendary and enduring Hollywood personae of all time. Receiving 3 best actress oscar nominations throughout her long career and winning once for the 1945 classic noir "Mildred Pierce", joan seemed to personify the ideal american woman of every decade, from the uprorious 1920s right up until her death as a semireclusive corporate widow on may 10th, 1977. Her 5th and last marriage was to Pepsi Cola chairman Alfred Steele, who died in 1959. She was described by some as "the face" owing to her classically beautiful features and even the great Hollywood studio photographer George Hurrell dubbed her "camera proof" as she photographed perfectly from every angle. She also won a British BAFTA award for the 1957 movie "The Story of Esther Costelllo." She's best remembered for classic roles in "Our Dancing Daughters," "Grand Hotel," "The Women," "Mildred Pierce," "Humoresque," "Possessed," "Harriet Craig," "Sudden Fear" and the 1962 horror classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Her film career spanned nearly 50 years.

Birthday

March 23, 1905

Place of birth

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Known for

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Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage

Out-takes (mostly from Warner Bros.), promotional shorts, movie premieres, public service pleas, ... Read more

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That's Entertainment!

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year... Read more

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That's Entertainment!

MGM musical numbers from the introduction of sound in the late 1920s through to the 1950s, possib... Read more

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Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood

A look at the forces that shaped Pre-Code Hollywood and brought about the strict enforcement of t... Read more

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Joan Crawford: Always the Star

This glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-win... Read more

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Hollywood: Style Center of the World

This short promotes the premise that movies often create a demand for the fashions seen in them. ... Read more

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At Home with Joan Crawford

Actress Joan Crawford appears in this public service announcement asking the theatre audience to ... Read more