March 23, 1904 or 1905 or 19081
Lucille Fay LeSueur2
May 10, 1977
If you want to see the girl next door, go next door
Born it was in San Antonio, Texas (USA), she began her career as a dancer, first on the stage and later in silent films. In Our Dancing Daughters (1928) in which she performed a spirited Charleston atop a table, she danced her way into the memories of moviegoers. The picture's surprise success made Crawford a star.
In the 1930s Joan's films, with a few exceptions, were unashamedly studio products with contrived plots designed to showcase her. She starred in eight pictures with Clark Gable.
In the early 1940s Crawford experienced a decline in popularity, and in 1943 MGM finally dropped her. She bounced back as a superstar at Warner Bros. playing the suffering heroine in Mildred Pierce (1945).
Her career extended into the 1950s, with twelve new movies, including Johnny Guitar (1954) and Whatever happened to Baby Jane? (1962), costarring her enemy3 Bette Davis. Besides her work as an actress, from 1955 to 1973 Joan Crawford was a publicity executive for Pepsi-Cola.4
1953 Nominated Best Actress for: Sudden Fear (1952)
1948 Nominated Best Actress for: Possessed (1947)
1946 Won Best Actress for: Mildred Pierce (1945)
- The unknown (1927)
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
- Mildred Pierce (1945)
- The women (1939)
- Grand Hotel (1932)
- Johnny Guitar (1954)
- The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
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Hollywood reporter - Walter Hill wants to remake Baby Jane?
Home media magazine - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
New Scientist -
New York post - Dead divas' dramatic duel
PR Newswire - Cecile B. DeMille Award may be sold
Seeing-stars.com - Crawford’s handprints
Variety - I Saw What You Did