Joan Crawford

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Joan Crawford

Crawford in 1936 by Hurrell
Born Lucille Fay LeSueur
23 March 1904
San Antonio, Texas
Died 10 May 1977(1977-05-10) (aged 73)
New York City, New York
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Ferncliff Cemetery
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Religion Christian Science
Spouse Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (m.1929–1933; divorced)
Franchot Tone (m.1935–1939; divorced)
Phillip Terry (m.1942–1946; divorced)
Alfred Steele (m.1955–1959; his death)
Children Christina (born 1939)
Christopher (1943–2006)
Cynthia (1947–2007)
Cathy (born 1947)
Parents Thomas E. LeSueur
Anna Bell Johnson
Relatives Hal LeSueur (brother)

Joan Crawford (March 23, 1904 - May 10, 1977) was an American actress. She won the 1945 Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce. She was voted the tenth greatest female star in the history of American movies by the American Film Institute.[source?]

Biography[change | change source]

Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas. Her real name was Lucille Fay LeSueur. She began her career as a dancer. She moved to Hollywood in 1925. She worked in silent movies. She played hard-working young women who wanted love, romance, and glamor. She made "talkies", too. She was given the name "Joan Crawford" from a magazine contest sponsored by MGM.[1]

Crawford won the Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce in 1945. She made many more movies, but retired in 1970. She died in New York City of a heart attack.

Crawford won success with Letty Lynton (1932). The film is mostly remembered because of the "Letty Lynton dress". This dress was designed by Adrian. It was a white cotton organdy gown with large ruffled sleeves, puffed at the shoulder. It was with this gown that Crawford's broad shoulders began to be accentuated by costume. Macy's copied the dress in 1932, and it sold over 500,000 replicas in the United States.[2]

Crawford was married four times. First to actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and then to actor Franchot Tone. Her third husband was actor Phillip Terry, and her fourth and last husband was Pepsi executive Alfred Steele. Crawford became active in the Pepsi-Cola company after Steele's death.

Crawford adopted four children: Christina, Christopher, and "the twins" Cynthia and Cathy. Christina wrote a bestselling "tell-all" biography called Mommie Dearest. This book alleged that Crawford abused her children.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. bio: Joan Crawford
  2. Leese 1991, p. 18

References[change | change source]

  • Leese, Elizabeth. (1991). Costume Design in the Movies. Dover Books. ISBN 0-486-26548-X.

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