Filmography

1925

Lady of the Night

Proud Flesh

A Slave of Fashion

The Merry Widow

Pretty Ladies

The Circle

The Midshipman

The Exquisite Sinner

The Big Parade

Ben Hur

Old Clothes

The Only Thing

Sally, Irene and Mary

 

1926

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

The Boob

Paris

 

1927                      

Winners of the Wilderness

The Taxi Dancer

The Understanding Heart

The Unknown

Twelve Miles Out

Spring Fever

 

1928

West Point

The Law of the Range

Rose-Marie

Across to Singapore

Four Walls

Our Dancing Daughters

Dream of Love

 

1929

The Duke Steps Out

Our Modern Maidens

The Hollywood Revue of 1929

Untamed

 

1930

Montana Moon

Our Blushing Brides

Paid

 

1931

Dance, Fools, Dance

Complete Surrender

Laughing Sinners

This Modern Age

Possessed

 

1932

Grand Hotel

Letty Lynton

Rain

 

1933

Today We Live

Dancing Lady

 

1934

Sadie McKee

Chained

Forsaking All Others

 

1935

No More Ladies

I Live My Life

 

1936      

The Gorgeous Hussy

Love on the Run

 

1937

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

The Bride Wore Red

 

1938

Mannequin

The Shining Hour

 

1939

Ice Follies of 1939

The Women

 

1940

Strange Cargo

Susan and God

 

1941

A Woman’s Face

When Ladies Meet

 

1942

They All Kissed the Bride

Reunion in France

 

1943

Above Suspicion

 

1944      

Hollywood Canteen

 

1945      

Mildred Pierce

 

1946      

Humoresque

 

1947      

Possessed

 

1948      

Daisy Kenyon

 

1949

Flamingo Road

It’s a Great Feeling

 

1950      

The Damned Don’t Cry!

Harriet Craig

 

1951      

Goodbye, My Fancy

 

1952      

This Woman Is Dangerous

Sudden Fear

 

1953      

Torch Song

 

1954      

Johnny Guitar

 

1955      

Female on the Beach

Queen Bee

 

1956      

Autumn Leaves

 

1957      

The Story of Esther Costello

 

1959      

The Best of Everything

 

1962      

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

 

1963      

The Caretakers

 

1964      

Strait-Jacket

Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

 

1965      

I Saw What You Did

 

1967      

The Karate Killers

 

1968      

Berserk!

 

1970      

Trog

 

 

Awards

She was nominated for three Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Awards. She won one.

1946 Mildred Pierce – won

1948 Possessed

1953 Sudden Fear 

 

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell. ~ Joan Crawford  

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Actress, Biographies

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas. Seeing dance as her ticket to a career in show business — she entered several contests, one of which landed her a spot in a chorus line. After almost two years of dancing in the chorus, she packed her bags and moved to Hollywood. Crawford was determined to succeed, and shortly after arriving she got her first bit part, as a showgirl in Pretty Ladies (1925).

Throughout 1927 and early 1928, she was cast in small parts in films that didn’t amount to much, but that ended with the role of Diana Medford in Our Dancing Daughters (1928), which made her a star. Crawford had cleared the first big hurdle; now came the second, in the form of talkies. Many stars of the silents saw their careers evaporate, either because their voices weren’t particularly pleasant or because their voices, pleasing enough, didn’t match the public’s expectations. Her first talkie, Untamed (1929), was a success. As the 1930s marched on, Crawford became one of the biggest stars at MGM. She was in top form in the films Grand Hotel (1932), Sadie McKee (1934), No More Ladies (1935), and Love on the Run (1936).

By the early 1940s, MGM was no longer giving her plum roles; newcomers had arrived in Hollywood, and the public wanted to see them. Crawford left MGM for rival Warner Bros., and in 1945 she landed the role of a lifetime. Mildred Pierce (1945) gave her an opportunity to show her range as an actress, and her performance as a woman driven to give her daughter everything garnered Crawford her first, and only, Oscar for Best Actress. The following year she appeared with John Garfield in the well-received Humoresque (1946). In 1947, she appeared as Louise Graham in Possessed (1947); again she was nominated for a Best Actress from the Academy. Crawford continued to choose her roles carefully, and in 1952 she was nominated for a third time, for her depiction of Myra Hudson in Sudden Fear (1952).

Crawford’s career slowed after that; she appeared in minor roles until 1962, when she and Bette Davis co-starred in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Their longstanding rivalry may have helped fuel their phenomenally vitriolic and well-received performances. Crawford’s final appearance on the silver screen was in a flop called Trog (1970). 

On May 10, 1977, Joan died of cancer in New York City. She was 72 years old. She had disinherited her adopted daughter Christina and son Christopher.  Christina wrote a tell-all book called “Mommie Dearest”, published in 1978 which cast Crawford in a negative light and was cause for much debate, particularly among her friends and acquaintances, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Crawford’s first husband.

 

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