Joan Crawford

  • Born: March 23, 1904 in San Antonio, TX
  • Died: May 10, 1977 in New York, NY
  • Notable Works:
    • Grand Hotel (1932)
    • Mildred Pierce (1945)
    • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  • Academy Award Nominations
    • 1946 Best Actress for Mildred Pierce (won)
    • 1948 Best Actress for Possessed
    • 1953 Best Actress for Sudden Fear
  • Personal Favorite: Mildred Pierce (1945)

In the 1930s, Crawford played the “rags-to-riches” character quite frequently. These characters best describe her real life career as well. Entering the film industry as a dancer, her first debut was as Norma Shearer’s body double in 1925’s Lady of the Night. It wasn’t long before she was one of the highest paid women in the United States. Her career had its fair share of valleys, but in five decades, she made over ninety films. Crawford had a strained and fragmented home life, including four husbands and five adopted children, one of whom was reclaimed by his birth mother. An embittered relationship with her daughter Christina, led to the infamous memoir Mommie Dearest. In 1981, three years after publication, Mommie Dearest was also adapted to film with Faye Dunaway playing the moody, overbearing and alcoholic Joan.


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