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Joan Crawford

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Joan Crawford

American actress in film, television and theatre add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1905.

Countries: United States (68%), United Kingdom (5%), California (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable

Linked to: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, PepsiCo, American Film Institute, Prairie School

 

Timeline


 

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Joan Crawford was born in 1905 add something


1908

However, the state of Texas did not require the filing of birth certificates until 1908, allowing Crawford to claim she was born in 1908 add something

 

The Social Security Death Index uses the birth date of March 23, 1908 add something


1910

San Antonio birth records are not available earlier than 1910 add something

 

The 1910 federal census for Comanche County, Oklahoma, enumerated on April 20, showed Henry and Anna living at 910 "D" Street in Lawton, Oklahoma add something


1916

Around 1916, Crawford's family moved to Kansas City, Missouri add something


1917

Cassin was first listed in the City Directory in 1917, living at 403 East Ninth Street add something


1920

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 add something

 

The role established her as a symbol of modern 1920s-style femininity that rivaled the image of her friend Clara Bow, the original IT girl, who was Hollywood's foremost flapper add something

 

Otto Kruger - Though he started to get noticed in the early 1920s, it was the 1930s when his career was at its height, including an appearance in the film "Chained" with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable


1924

Shubert put her in the chorus line for his 1924 show, "Innocent Eyes", at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in New York City add something

 

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 add something

 

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


1925

Also in 1925 she appeared in small roles in the films "The Only Thing" and "Old Clothes" add something

 

As Lucille LeSueur, her first film was "The Circle" in 1925, followed by "Pretty Ladies", starring ZaSu Pitts add something

 

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 add something

 

Lilyan Tashman - In 1925, she appeared in ten films including "Pretty Ladies" with Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy


1926

In 1926, she made "Paris", where she was able to show her sex appeal add something

 

Aileen Pringle - After her 1926 divorce from Charles Pringle, Aileen Pringle further focused on her acting career, including "Dream of Love" with Joan Crawford and "Wall Street" co-starring Ralph Ince, brother of Thomas Ince

 

Dolores del Rio - Immediately she was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926, along with fellow newcomers Joan Crawford, Mary_Astor, Janet Gaynor, Fay Wray and others

 

Edna Marion - In 1926, Edna Marion was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, along with Mary Astor, Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores_del_Río, Janet Gaynor, and Fay Wray

 

Mary Brian - She was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, along with Mary Astor, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores_del_Río, Janet Gaynor, and Fay Wray


1927

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 add something

 

Norman Kerry - In 1927 Kerry would again share the screen with Lon Chaney, Sr. in the Tod Browning directed horror film "The Unknown" with Joan Crawford


1928

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 add something

 

James Murray (actor) - Before his work in "The Crowd", Murray had starred alongside Joan Crawford in "Rose-Marie" in 1928

 

Nils Asther - By 1928 his good looks had made him into a leading man, playing opposite such stars as Pola Negri, Marion Davies, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo, with whom he made two films

 

Adrienne Lecouvreur - In 1928, MGM Studios filmed "Dream of Love", based on the Scribe and Legouvé play, "Adrienne Lecouvreur", starring Joan Crawford and Nils Asther

 

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


1929

On June 3, 1929, Crawford married Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in New York City, although neither apparently was Catholic add something

 

Bess Flowers - Flowers appeared in twelve films starring Joan Crawford from 1929 until 1956

 

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"


1930

Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled "box office poison" add something

 

He reappeared in Abilene, Texas in 1930 as a 62-year-old construction laborer on the George R. Davis House, built in Prairie School architecture add something

 

In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo add something

 

The studio cast her in "Grand Hotel", which starred the most famous actors of the 1930s and was MGM's most prestigious movie of 1932 add something

 

Johnny Mack Brown - Also in 1930, Brown played Joan Crawford's love interest in "Montana Moon"

 

Marie Prevost - In 1930, she appeared in "Paid", starring Joan Crawford

 

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


1932

Macy's copied the dress in 1932, and it sold over 500,000 replicas in the United States add something

 

The "Motion Picture Herald" placed Crawford on its list of the top-ten moneymaking stars from 1932, the first year of the poll, through 1936 and "Life" magazine proclaimed her "First Queen of the Movies" in 1937 add something


1933

In May 1933, Crawford divorced Fairbanks add something

 

Franchot Tone - He achieved fame in 1933, when he made seven movies that year, including "Today We Live", written by William Faulkner, "Bombshell", with Jean Harlow , and the smash hit "Dancing Lady", again with then-wife Joan Crawford and Clark Gable

 

Howard Hawks - In 1933 Hawks signed a three-picture deal at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and his first film was there Today We Live in 1933, starring Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper.


1934

Crawford's next movies, "Sadie McKee", "Chained" and "Forsaking All Others" , were among the top money makers of the mid-1930s add something


1936

Love on the Run (1936 film) - "'Love on the Run"' is a 1936 Metro-Goldwyn-May 1936 er feature film starring Joan Crawford, Franchot_Tone, and Clark Gable in a story about rival newspaper correspondents assigned to cover the marriage of a socialite


1937

Later in 1937 she dropped out of the top ten for the first time add something

 

Jules C. Stein - In 1937, MCA opened shop in Hollywood and became the agent for such stars as Bette Davis, Betty Grable, Joan Crawford, Greta_Garbo, Eddie Cantor, Ingrid Bergman, Frank Sinatra and Jack Benny

 

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

 

Spencer Tracy - Tracy frequently engaged in extramarital affairs, including with co-stars Joan Crawford in 1937, and Ingrid Bergman in 1941.


1938

In 1938 the "Independent Film Journal" named her and several other stars as "box office poison" based on their supposed lack of popular appeal add something

 

Katharine Hepburn - In May 1938, the Independent Theatre Owners of America included Hepburn on a list of actors considered "Box Office Poison"; others included Joan Crawford, Greta_Garbo, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, and Kay Francis

 

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"


1939

However, Crawford made a comeback with her role as home-wrecker Crystal Allen in director George Cukor's "The Women" in 1939 add something

 

Tone began drinking and physically abusing Crawford and she filed for divorce, which was granted in 1939 add something

 

Lew Ayres - During this time, Ayres co-starred with Joan Crawford and James Stewart in "The Ice Follies of 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


1940

Crawford adopted her first child, a daughter, in 1940 add something

 

It epitomized the lush visual style and the hard-boiled film noir sensibility that defined Warner Bros. movies of the later 1940s, earning Crawford the Academy award for Best Actress in a Leading Role add something

 

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

 

Roland Young - He continued working steadily through the 1940s, playing small roles opposite some of Hollywood's leading actresses, such as Joan Crawford, Marlene_Dietrich, Paulette Goddard and Greta Garbo in her final film, "Two-Faced Woman"

 

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

 

K. T. Stevens - Stevens appeared in a number of films in the 1940s and 1950s, including "The Great Man's Lady" with Barbara Stanwyck, "Address Unknown" , "Port of New York" with Yul Brynner, and "Harriet Craig" with Joan Crawford


1941

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"


1942

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

 

Phillip Terry - He was married on July 21, 1942, at the Hidden Valley Ranch in Ventura County, California, to actress Joan Crawford


1943

After 18 years, Crawford's contract with MGM was terminated by mutual consent on June 29, 1943 add something


1944

Crawford said one of the main reasons she signed with Warner Bros. was because she wanted to play the character "Mattie" in a proposed 1944 film version of Edith Wharton's novel "Ethan Frome" add something


1945

From 1945 to 1952, Crawford reigned as a top star and respected actress, appearing in such roles as Helen Wright in "Humoresque" , Louise Howell Graham in "Possessed" and the title role in "Daisy Kenyon" add something

 

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


1946

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 add something

 

Isaac Stern - Stern served as musical advisor for the 1946 film, "Humoresque", about a rising violin star and his patron, played respectively by John Garfield and Joan Crawford


1947

Crawford adopted two more children in 1947, identical twins whom she named Cindy and Cathy add something


1950

Crawford and Steele met at a party in 1950 when Steele was an executive with Coca-Cola add something

 

She appeared in episodes of anthology television series in the 1950s and, in 1959, made a pilot for her series, "The Joan Crawford Show", add something

 

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


1951

Fay Kanin - It was a Broadway smash and starred Madeleine Carroll, Conrad Nagel, and Shirley Booth, and was eventually filmed by Vincent Sherman in 1951 with Joan Crawford and Robert Young


1952

In 1952, she appeared in RKO's "Sudden Fear" add something


1954

They renewed their acquaintance at a New Year's Eve party in 1954 add something


1955

In 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele add something

 

Crawford married her final husband, Alfred Steele, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on May 10, 1955 add something


1958

Rona Jaffe - Published in 1958, it was later adapted as a movie by the same title, starring Joan Crawford


1959

After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973 add something

 

Steele died of a heart attack in April 1959 add something

 

Robert Evans (producer) - In 1959, he appeared in Twentieth Century Fox's production of "The Best of Everything" with Hope Lange, Diane Baker, and Joan Crawford

 

Hope Lange - These roles eventually led to Lange earning top billing in 1959's "The Best of Everything", with Suzy Parker and 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


1960

By the early 1960s, however, Crawford's status in motion pictures had diminished add something

 

She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s, when her performances became fewer; after the release of the British horror film "Trog" in 1970, Crawford retired from the screen add something

 

Upon her death there was found in her apartment photographs of John F. Kennedy, whom she said she voted for in the 1960 presidential election add something


1962

Anna Lee - Lee appeared in the 1962 classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane-" as next-door neighbour Mrs. Bates alongside Joan Crawford and Bette Davis


1964

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"


1965

Dorothy Kilgallen - Kilgallen and Arlene Francis appeared as Joan Crawford impostors on an episode of the daytime version of "To Tell The Truth" that was videotaped on November 2, 1965 and broadcast six days later while United Press International broke the news about Kilgallen's death


1968

When Tone died in 1968, Crawford arranged for him to be cremated and his ashes scattered at Muskoka Lakes, Canada add something

 

The episode, "Lucy and the Lost Star", first aired on February 26, 1968 add something

 

In October 1968, Crawford's 29-year-old daughter, Christina , needed immediate medical attention for a ruptured ovarian tumor add something


1969

Crawford's appearance in the 1969 TV film "Night Gallery" , marked one of Steven Spielberg's earliest directing jobs add something

 

Tom Bosley - Among myriad television appearances, one notable early performance was in the "Eyes" segment of the 1969 pilot episode of Rod Serling's "Night Gallery", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Joan Crawford


 

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 add something


1971

Crawford's next book, "My Way of Life", was published in 1971 by Simon and Schuster add something


1972

Her dental-related issues, including surgery which left her in need of round the clock nursing care, plagued her from 1972 until the middle of 1975 add something


1973

In 1973, Crawford was forcibly retired from the company at the behest of company executive Don Kendall, whom Crawford had referred to for years as "Fang add something

 

In September 1973, Crawford moved from apartment 22-G to the smaller apartment 22-H in the Imperial House add something


1974

Following a public appearance in 1974, after which unflattering photographs were published, Crawford withdrew from public life and became more and more reclusive until her death in 1977 add something

 

Her last public appearance was September 23, 1974, at a party honoring her old friend Rosalind Russell at New York's Rainbow Room add something

 

While on antibiotics for this problem in October 1974, Crawford's drinking caused her to black out, slip and strike her face add something


Joan Crawford died in 1977 add something

 

On May 8, 1977, Crawford gave away her beloved Shih Tzu "Princess Lotus Blossom", which she was too weak to care for properly add something

 

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 add something

 

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


1978

In November 1978, a year and a half after Crawford's death, Christina published "Mommie Dearest", which contained allegations that Crawford was emotionally and physically abusive to Christina and her brother Christopher add something


1981

"Mommie Dearest" became a bestseller and was made into the 1981 film "Mommie Dearest", starring Faye Dunaway as Crawford add something

 

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

 

Diana Scarwid - Scarwid is perhaps most recognized for her next role, that of Christina Crawford, the abused adopted daughter of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford in the 1981 film "Mommie Dearest"

 

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"


2011

Denby, David, "Escape Artist, The Case for Joan Crawford", "The New Yorker", January 3, 2011 Her ambition was to be a dancer add something

 

Verdura (jeweler) - In the fall of 2011, Verdura recreated designs made for screen stars like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Joan Crawford

 

Greta Scacchi - In May 2011, she appeared alongside Anita Dobson in the play "Bette and Joan" at London's Arts Theatre, directed by Bill Alexander, about the personal and professional relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford


2017

The Crawford-Davis rivalry is the subject of the 2017 first season of the &FX (FX_(TV_channel)) anthology television series "Feud", subtitled "Bette and Joan" add something

 

Anthony Crivello - Crivello appeared as film director David Lean in the 2017 FX miniseries "Feud", centered around the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis

 

Hedda Hopper - In 2017, in the first season of "Feud", Hopper was played by Judy Davis and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the portrayal of the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones - In 2017, she plays the actress Olivia de Havilland in "Feud", an anthology television series from Ryan Murphy about the rivalry between the actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis


2018

As of 2018 any streaming/airing of this series is currently stopped by restraint order from lower California courts until Olivia de Havilland can be heard by the United States Supreme Court on whether producers had the right to use her likeness without permission even if she is a public figure add something


2019

In January 2019 the Supreme Court refused to hear the case stating, " No public figure owns history add something