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Joan Crawford

Born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, but christened Joan Crawford by Hollywood, she exemplified the 1920s carefree "flapper" era to a 'T'. Her beauty and vivacity catapulted her to stardom in the late 1920s in the hugely popular silent film Our Dancing Daughters. Ever since that point, the resilient actress with the ever expressive eyes, the famous over-painted lips and the will of steel created for herself one of the most legendary and enduring Hollywood personae of all time. Receiving three Best Actress Oscar nominations throughout her long career and winning once for 1945's Mildred Pierce, Joan seemed to personify the ideal American woman of every decade, from the uproarious 1920s right up until her death as a semi-reclusive corporate widow on May 10, 1977. Her fourth and last marriage was to Pepsi Cola chairman Alfred Steele, who died in 1959. She was described by some as 'The Face' owing to her classically beautiful features. Great Hollywood studio photographer George Hurrell dubbed her "camera proof" as she photographed perfectly from every angle. She also won a British BAFTA award for the 1957 movie The Story of Esther Costello. Her film career spanning nearly fifty years, she is best remembered for classic performances in Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), The Women (1939), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Harriet Craig (1950), Sudden Fear (1952), and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).


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Born:
Mar 23, 1905 In San Antonio, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
132
First Appeared:
In the series ABC's Nightlife
Latest Project:
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Known For
Filmography
Series ABC's Nightlife Unknown 2020
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Possessed (archive footage) 2010-10-03
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009-07-02
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Various Roles (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Movie Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema Unknown 2007-05-23
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender Unknown 1997-11-01
Movie Joan Crawford: Always the Star Herself (archive footage) 1996-09-30
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "Humoresque") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown 1972-01-15
Movie Trog Dr. Brockton 1970-10-24
Movie Night Gallery Miss Menlo 1969-11-08
Movie Garbo Narrator 1969-11-06
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Karate Killers Amanda True 1967-04-07
Movie Berserk! Monica Rivers 1967-12-06
Movie The Oscar Herself (uncredited) 1966-03-04
Movie I Saw What You Did Amy Nelson 1965-07-21
Movie The Love Goddesses 1965-03-03
Movie How to Plan a Movie Murder Herself 1964-01-01
Movie Della Della Chappell 1964-01-01
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Amanda True 1964-09-22
Movie Strait-Jacket Lucy Harbin 1964-01-19
Movie The Caretakers Lucretia Terry 1963-08-21
Movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Blanche Hudson 1962-10-31
Series The Lucy Show Joan Crawford 1962-10-01
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie The Best of Everything Amanda Farrow 1959-10-09
Movie Woman on the Run Susan Conrad 1959-05-15
Movie The Story of Esther Costello Margaret Landi 1957-11-06
Movie Autumn Leaves Millicent Wetherby 1956-08-01
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Female on the Beach Lynn Markham 1955-08-19
Movie Queen Bee Eva Phillips 1955-11-07
Series The Secret Storm Joan Borman Kane 1954-02-01
Series Caesar's Hour Unknown 1954-09-27
Movie Johnny Guitar Vienna 1954-05-26
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere Herself 1954-09-28
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie At Home with Joan Crawford herself 1953-04-20
Movie Torch Song Jenny Stewart 1953-10-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie This Woman Is Dangerous Elizabeth Austin 1952-02-09
Movie Sudden Fear Myra Hudson 1952-08-01
Movie Goodbye, My Fancy Agatha Reed 1951-05-19
Movie The Damned Don't Cry Ethel Whitehead 1950-05-07
Movie Harriet Craig Harriet Craig 1950-11-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Flamingo Road Lane Bellamy 1949-05-06
Movie It's a Great Feeling Herself (uncredited) 1949-08-01
Movie Humoresque Helen Wright 1947-01-25
Movie Possessed Louise Howell 1947-07-26
Movie Daisy Kenyon Daisy Kenyon 1947-12-25
Movie Blow-Ups of 1946 Herself 1946-01-01
Movie Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce 1945-10-20
Movie Hollywood Canteen Herself 1944-12-31
Movie Above Suspicion Frances Myles 1943-05-01
Movie Reunion in France Michele de la Becque 1942-12-25
Movie They All Kissed the Bride Margaret Johanna 'M.J.' Drew 1942-06-11
Movie When Ladies Meet Mary 'Minnie' Howard 1941-08-29
Movie A Woman's Face Anna Holm 1941-05-09
Movie Susan and God Susan Trexel 1940-06-07
Movie The Miracle of Sound 1940-01-01
Movie Strange Cargo Julie 1940-03-01
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Herself 1940-05-29
Movie The Women Crystal Allen 1939-01-01
Movie The Ice Follies of 1939 Mary McKay 1939-03-10
Movie From the Ends of the Earth herself 1939-05-28
Movie Mannequin Jessie Cassidy 1938-01-21
Movie The Shining Hour Olivia Riley Linden 1938-11-18
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Mrs. Fay Cheyney 1937-02-19
Movie The Romance of Celluloid Unknown 1937-08-26
Movie The Bride Wore Red Anni Pavlovitch 1937-10-15
Movie The Gorgeous Hussy Peggy Eaton 1936-08-28
Movie Love on the Run Sally Parker 1936-11-20
Movie No More Ladies Marcia Townsend Warren 1935-06-14
Movie I Live My Life Kay Bentley 1935-10-04
Movie Sadie McKee Sadie McKee 1934-05-09
Movie Forsaking All Others Mary Clay 1934-12-23
Movie Chained Diane Lovering 1934-08-31
Movie Dancing Lady Janie Barlow 1933-11-24
Movie Today We Live Diana "Ann" Boyce-Smith 1933-03-03
Movie Fast Workers Actress in Film Clif (edited from 'Laughing Sinners') (archive footage) 1933-03-10
Movie Letty Lynton Letty Lynton 1932-05-13
Movie Grand Hotel Flämmchen 1932-05-25
Movie Rain Sadie Thompson 1932-10-12
Movie Dance, Fools, Dance Bonnie Jordan 1931-02-07
Movie The Stolen Jools Joan Crawford 1931-04-04
Movie Possessed Marian Martin aka 'Mrs. Moreland' 1931-11-21
Movie This Modern Age Valentine 'Val' Winters 1931-08-29
Movie Wir schalten um auf Hollywood Herself 1931-06-09
Movie Laughing Sinners Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens 1931-05-31
Movie Montana Moon Joan 1930-03-20
Movie Our Blushing Brides Jerry 1930-07-19
Movie Paid Mary Turner 1930-12-30
Movie The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself 1929-11-23
Movie The Duke Steps Out Susie 1929-03-19
Movie Our Modern Maidens Billie Brown 1929-09-08
Movie Untamed Alice "Bingo" Dowling 1929-11-23
Movie The Law of the Range Betty Dallas 1928-01-21
Movie West Point Betty Channing 1928-01-07
Movie Rose-Marie Rose-Marie 1928-02-11
Movie Our Dancing Daughters Diana 'Di' Medford 1928-09-01
Movie Fashion News Unknown 1928-11-06
Movie Across to Singapore Priscilla Crowninshield 1928-04-07
Movie Dream of Love Adrienne Lecouvreur 1928-12-01
Movie The Taxi Dancer Joselyn Poe 1927-02-05
Movie Winners Of The Wilderness René Contrecoeur 1927-01-15
Movie The Unknown Nanon Zanzi 1927-06-04
Movie Spring Fever Allie Monte 1927-10-22
Movie Twelve Miles Out Jane 1927-07-08
Movie Bardelys the Magnificent Court Gossip (uncredited) 1926-09-30
Movie Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Betty Burton 1926-03-21
Movie The Boob Jane 1926-05-17
Movie Proud Flesh Party Guest (uncredited) 1925-04-27
Movie Pretty Ladies Bobby 1925-08-05
Movie Lady of the Night Molly (body double in various sequences) (uncredited) 1925-02-23
Movie A Slave of Fashion Mannequin (uncredited) 1925-08-23
Movie 1925 Studio Tour Herself (Lucille Le Sueur) 1925-04-09
Movie Old Clothes Mary Riley 1925-11-09
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited) 1925-12-30
Movie Sally, Irene and Mary Irene 1925-12-27
Movie The Only Thing Party Guest (uncredited) 1925-11-22
Movie The Circle Young Lady Catherine 1925-09-22
Movie The Merry Widow Ballroom Dancer (uncredited) 1925-08-26