Knowledge Identifier: +Joan_Crawford
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1905.
Countries: United States (68%), United Kingdom (5%), California (4%)
Linked to: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, PepsiCo, American Film Institute, Prairie School
However, the state of Texas did not require the filing of birth certificates until 1908, allowing Crawford to claim she was born in 1908
Around 1916, Crawford's family moved to Kansas City, Missouri
Shubert put her in the chorus line for his 1924 show, "Innocent Eyes", at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in New York City
Tony D'Algy - He appeared in 57 films between 1924 and 1949, including "The Boob" a silent comedy where Joan Crawford makes one of her first appearances
Also in 1927, she appeared alongside her good friend, William Haines in "Spring Fever", it would be the first of three films in which they worked together
In 1928, Crawford starred opposite Ramón Novarro in "Across to Singapore", but it was her role as Diana Medford in "Our Dancing Daughters" that catapulted her to stardom
James Murray (actor) - Before his work in "The Crowd", Murray had starred alongside Joan Crawford in "Rose-Marie" in 1928
Carmel Myers - Myers appeared in "Four Walls" and "Dream of Love", both with Joan Crawford in 1928; and in "The Show of Shows" , a showcase of popular contemporary film actors
Pauline Frederick - She was able to make a successful transition to "talkies" in 1929, and was cast as Joan Crawford's mother in "This Modern Age"
Clara Bow - With "Paramount on Parade", "True to the Navy", "Love Among the Millionaires", and "Her Wedding Night", Bow was second at the box-office only to her chum, Joan Crawford, in 1930
Macy's copied the dress in 1932, and it sold over 500,000 replicas in the United States
Rachel Crothers - One of the most famous was "Susan and God" , which was made into a film by MGM in 1940 starring Joan Crawford and Frederic March
Shirley Temple - The Independent Theatre Owners Association paid for an advertisement in the "Hollywood Reporter" in May 1938 that included Temple on a list of actors who deserved their salaries while others, such as Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford, were described as "whose box-office draw is nil"
However, Crawford made a comeback with her role as home-wrecker Crystal Allen in director George Cukor's "The Women" in 1939
Mildred Shay - In 1939 she played Joan Crawford's scene-stealing French maid in "The Women", and was one of the few actresses to get along with the difficult star
Bruce Bennett - Bennett appeared in many films in the 1940s and early 1950s, including "Sahara" with Humphrey Bogart, "Mildred Pierce" with Joan Crawford, "Nora Prentiss" with Ann Sheridan, "Dark Passage" with Bogart and Lauren Bacall, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" with Bogart and Walter Huston, "Mystery Street" , "Sudden Fear" with Joan Crawford and Gloria Grahame, and "Strategic Air Command" with James Stewart
Ruth Warrick - She worked alongside Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in the film "The Corsican Brothers" and had a role in the Academy Award winning Disney film "Song of the South"; she appeared in "Daisy Kenyon", which starred Joan Crawford and Henry Fonda, but by the late 1940s her film roles were becoming infrequent and less notable
Greer Garson - Garson starred with Joan Crawford in "When Ladies Meet" in 1941, and that same year became a major box office star with the sentimental Technicolor drama, "Blossoms in the Dust", which brought her the first of five consecutive Best Actress Oscar nominations, tying Bette Davis' 1938-42 record, a record that still stands
Gary Gray (actor) - Gray made his film debut in the Joan Crawford film "A Woman's Face" in 1941, and played minor roles in such popular films as "Heaven Can Wait" , "Gaslight" and "Meet Me in St. Louis"
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Within one short year, beginning in 1942, L.B. Mayer released his four highest-paid actresses from their studio contracts; Joan Crawford, Norma_Shearer
Elizabeth Janeway - All in all Janeway wrote seven novels; one, 1945's "Daisy Kenyon", was made into a film starring Joan Crawford
Ann Blyth - On loan to Warner Brothers Blyth was cast "against type" as Veda Pierce, the scheming, ungrateful daughter of Joan Crawford in the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce
They adopted another boy, whom they named Phillip Terry, Jr. After the marriage ended in 1946, Crawford changed the child's name to Christopher Crawford
Wendell Corey - He co-starred with Stanwyck twice more in 1950 in "The File on Thelma Jordon" and "The Furies", and opposite Joan Crawford in "Harriet Craig", which was released the same year
In 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele
Rona Jaffe - Published in 1958, it was later adapted as a movie by the same title, starring Joan Crawford
Don Grady - In December 1959, at the age of fifteen, Grady appeared in two different episodes of CBS's "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater", having played opposite Joan Crawford and Dick Powell
Diane Baker - In 1964, she co-starred with Joan Crawford in both "Strait-Jacket", the William Castle-directed thriller about an axe murderess, and an unsold television pilot "Royal Bay", released to theaters as "Della"
When Tone died in 1968, Crawford arranged for him to be cremated and his ashes scattered at Muskoka Lakes, Canada
Crawford's appearance in the 1969 TV film "Night Gallery" , marked one of Steven Spielberg's earliest directing jobs
Geraldine Brooks (actress) - A much more vulnerable persona than the poised, imperturbable one she played in "Cry Wolf", she had a number of heavy dramatic confrontations with the overwrought character played by Joan Crawford and became a lifelong friend of the eighteen-years-older star, speaking at her memorial service in May 1977, five weeks before her own death
"Mommie Dearest" became a bestseller and was made into the 1981 film "Mommie Dearest", starring Faye Dunaway as Crawford
Frank Perry - Both of these films Perry produced and directed, but he is probably best remembered for directing the controversial 1981 biographical drama "Mommie Dearest", an adaptation of a biography by actress Joan Crawford's adoptive daughter, which portrayed the famous movie star as a cruel, sadistic tyrant
Eugene Fodor (violinist) - He appeared on the television show SCTV on 20 November 1981 in a parody of the Joan Crawford movie "Humoresque" called "New York Rhapsody"