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Lucille Fay LeSueur was born on the 23rd March 1904 in San Antonio, Texas, of British, Swedish and French ancestry through her mother, and died on the 10th May 1977 in New York City, New York. As Joan Crawford, she was known world-wide as an actress, probably best recognized for appearing in the films “Mildred Pierce” (1945), for which she won Oscar, and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962). She was also known for being a dancer and showgirl. Her career was active from 1925 to 1972.

Have you ever wondered how rich was Joan Crawford? Sources have estimated that the overall amount of Joan’s net worth was $20 million, earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry. Another source came from selling her autobiographical book entitled “A portrait Of Joan”, and another book named “My Way Of Life”.

Joan Crawford Net Worth $20 Million

Before she was born, her parents Thomas LeSueur – of whom little is known – and Anna Bell Johnson separated, thus Joan was raised by her mother. She attended private schools in Kansas, and by the time she was teenager she was already dancing and performing in big Midwestern and East Coast cities. Soon after, she moved to Hollywood to start pursuing professional career.

Emerging on the Hollywood scene, Joan began her career as a child dancer, and during the 1930s she became one of Hollywood’s top starts. Thanks to that, she later later earned appearances in Broadway shows such as “Innocent Eyes” in 1924, but soon after the first appearances on Broadway, Joan signed a contract with the Metro Goldwin Meyer, and ever since then, her career was in a constant rise until 1972, and her last appearance.

Before the 1930s, she was cast in films such as “The Circle” (1925), “Sally, Irene And Mary” (1925), “The Taxi Dancer” (1927), “Across To Singapore” (1928), “Rose-Marie” (1928), and “Dream Of Love” (1928), among many others which added a lot to her overall net worth. With the beginning of 1930s, Joan’s name became more known in the Hollywood, and she was sought by the more notable producers of those years; however, she was nicknamed “Box Office Poison”, as her films began to lose money. She appeared in such films as “Rain” (1932), “Today We Live” (1933), “Dance, Fools, Dance” (1931), “The Gorgeous Hussy” (1936), “Dancing Lady” (1933), “Mannequin” (1937), and “The Women” (1939). Anyway, her fame came back in the 1940s, leaving MGM and signing with Warner Brothers. In 1945, she won the Oscar Award for Best Actress, for the film “Mildred Pierce”, in which she starred with Jack Carson and Zachary Scott.

To speak further of her accomplishments in the film industry, some other notable roles were in such films as “Humoresque” (1946), “Possessed” (1947), “Flamingo Road” (1949), “The Damned Don’t Cry!” (1950), “Goodbye, My Fancy” (1951), and “Sudden Fear” (1952). During the 1950s, Joan appeared in a number of low-budget films such as “Female On The Beach” (1956), “Queen Bee” (1955), and “Autumn Leaves” (1956). In the 1960s, with her fame restored she was cast alongside Bette Davis in the film “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane” (1962), however, it was only for a moment, as after that she was only featured in a number of cameo roles, with her last film appearance in “Trog” (1970). However, she left screens for good with a role in the TV series “The Sixth Sense” in 1972.

Overall, Joan was a successful actress, having appeared in more than 100 film and TV titles, and she also won numerous prestigious nominations and awards, including nominations for Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work on “Sudden Fear”, and she was awarded her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Regarding her personal life, Joan Crawford was married four times. Her first marriage was with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. from 1929 to 1933. Two years after, she married Franchot Tone, but they divorced in 1939. Phillip Terry was her third husband from 1942 to 1946, and the last one was Alfred Steele from 1955 to 1959, when he died. She had four children; her daughter Christina Crawford, is also an actress and writer.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixth Sense 1972 TV Series Joan Fairchild
Trog 1970 Dr. Brockton
The Virginian 1970 TV Series Stephanie White
Night Gallery 1969 TV Series Miss Claudia Menlo
Journey to Midnight 1968 Hostess (scenes deleted)
The Secret Storm 1968 TV Series Joan Borman Kane
The Lucy Show 1968 TV Series Joan Crawford
Berserk 1967 Monica Rivers
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1967 TV Series Amanda True
I Saw What You Did 1965 Amy Nelson
Della 1964 Della Chappell
Strait-Jacket 1964 Lucy Harbin
Route 66 1963 TV Series Morgan Harper
The Caretakers 1963 Lucretia Terry
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 Blanche Hudson
The Foxes 1961 TV Movie Millicent Fox
Zane Grey Theater 1959-1961 TV Series Sarah / Melanie Davidson Hobbes / Stella Faring
The Best of Everything 1959 Amanda Farrow
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial 1959 TV Series Ruth
Woman on the Run 1959 TV Movie Susan Conrad
General Electric Theater 1954-1959 TV Series Ann Howard / Ruth Marshall / Mary Andrews
The Story of Esther Costello 1957 Margaret Landi
Autumn Leaves 1956 Millicent Wetherby
Queen Bee 1955 Eva Phillips
Female on the Beach 1955 Lynn Markham
Johnny Guitar 1954 Vienna
Torch Song 1953 Jenny Stewart
The Revlon Mirror Theater 1953 TV Series Margaret Hughes
Sudden Fear 1952 Myra Hudson
This Woman Is Dangerous 1952 Elizabeth 'Beth' Austin
Goodbye, My Fancy 1951 Agatha Reed
Harriet Craig 1950 Harriet Craig
The Damned Don't Cry 1950 Ethel Whitehead / Lorna Hansen Forbes
It's a Great Feeling 1949 Joan Crawford (uncredited)
Flamingo Road 1949 Lane Bellamy
Daisy Kenyon 1947 Daisy Kenyon
Possessed 1947 Louise Howell
Humoresque 1946 Helen Wright
Mildred Pierce 1945 Mildred Pierce
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Joan Crawford
Above Suspicion 1943 Frances Myles
Reunion in France 1942 Michele de la Becque
They All Kissed the Bride 1942 Margaret J. 'M.J.' Drew
When Ladies Meet 1941 Mary Howard
A Woman's Face 1941 Anna Holm
Susan and God 1940 Susan
Strange Cargo 1940 Julie
The Women 1939 Crystal Allen
The Ice Follies of 1939 1939 Mary McKay
The Shining Hour 1938 Olivia Riley
Mannequin 1937 Jessie Cassidy
The Bride Wore Red 1937 Anni Pavlovitch
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 12 1937 Documentary short Joan Crawford
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney 1937 Fay Cheyney
Love on the Run 1936 Sally Parker
The Gorgeous Hussy 1936 Peggy Eaton
I Live My Life 1935 Kay Bentley
No More Ladies 1935 Marcia
Forsaking All Others 1934 Mary Clay
Chained 1934 Diane Lovering
Sadie McKee 1934 Sadie McKee Brennan
Dancing Lady 1933 Janie Barlow
Today We Live 1933 Diana
Rain 1932 Sadie Thompson
Letty Lynton 1932 Letty Lynton
Grand Hotel 1932/I Flaemmchen - the Stenographer
Possessed 1931 Marian
This Modern Age 1931 Valentine 'Val' Winters
Laughing Sinners 1931 Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens
The Stolen Jools 1931 Short Joan Crawford
Dance, Fools, Dance 1931 Bonnie
Great Day 1930
Paid 1930 Mary Turner
Our Blushing Brides 1930 Jerry March
Montana Moon 1930 Joan
Untamed 1929 Bingo
Our Modern Maidens 1929 Billie
The Duke Steps Out 1929 Susie
Dream of Love 1928 Adrienne Lecouvreur
Our Dancing Daughters 1928 Diana Medford
Four Walls 1928 Frieda
Across to Singapore 1928 Priscilla Crowninshield
Rose-Marie 1928 Rose-Marie
The Law of the Range 1928 Betty Dallas
West Point 1927/II Betty Channing
Spring Fever 1927 Allie Monte
Twelve Miles Out 1927 Jane
The Unknown 1927 Nanon
The Understanding Heart 1927 Monica Dale
The Taxi Dancer 1927 Joslyn Poe
Winners of the Wilderness 1927 René Contrecoeur
Paris 1926 The Girl
The Boob 1926 Jane - a Revenue Agent
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp 1926 Betty Burton
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 1925 Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
Sally, Irene and Mary 1925 Irene
The Only Thing 1925 Party Guest (uncredited)
Old Clothes 1925 Mary Riley
The Circle 1925 Young Lady Catherine
The Merry Widow 1925 Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
A Slave of Fashion 1925 Mannequin (uncredited)
Pretty Ladies 1925 Bobby - a Showgirl (as Lucille Le Sueur)
Proud Flesh 1925 Party Guest (uncredited)
Lady of the Night 1925 Molly (body double in various sequences) (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tough Baby: Torch Song 2008 Video documentary short performer: "Tenderly", "Follow Me"
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Singin' in the Rain" 1929, "Two-Faced Woman" 1953, "Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here" 1933 - uncredited
That's Entertainment! 1974 performer: "Gotta Feelin' for You" 1929, "Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here" 1933, "Let's Go Bavarian" 1933 - uncredited
Johnny Guitar 1954 performer: "Johnny Guitar"
Torch Song 1953 performer: "You Won't Forget Me", "Follow Me", "Two-Faced Woman", "Tenderly", "You're All the World to Me"
Flamingo Road 1949 performer: "If I Could Be with You" - uncredited
Above Suspicion 1943 "Du, Du Liegst Mir im Herzen", uncredited / performer: "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" 1900, "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose" 1791, "Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major" 1849, "Untitled Oxford University Song", "Who Is Sylvia?" 1826 - uncredited
When Ladies Meet 1941 performer: "I Love but Thee Jeg elsker Dig!" 1864 - uncredited
The Ice Follies of 1939 1939 performer: "It's All So New to Me" 1938
The Shining Hour 1938 performer: "Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64, No. 2" 1846-47, "Mood Indigo" 1930 - uncredited
Mannequin 1937 performer: "Always and Always" 1937
The Bride Wore Red 1937 performer: "Who Wants Love?" 1937, "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 uncredited
Love on the Run 1936 performer: "She'll be Comin' 'Round the Mountain", "String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet" - uncredited
The Gorgeous Hussy 1936 "Yankee Doodle" ca. 1755, uncredited
Forsaking All Others 1934 performer: "Row Row Row Your Boat" - uncredited
Dancing Lady 1933 performer: "Alabama Swing" uncredited, "My Dancing Lady" 1933, "Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here" 1933, "Let's Go Bavarian" 1933, " That's The Rhythm of the Day" 1933
Possessed 1931 performer: "How Long Will It Last?" 1931 - uncredited
Laughing Sinners 1931 performer: "What Can I Do? I Love That Man", "London Bridge is Falling Down", "Brighten the Corner Where You Are", "Oh, My Sombrero" Cielito Lindo - uncredited
Dance, Fools, Dance 1931 "Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 Moonlight Sonata" 1800-01, uncredited / performer: "Accordion Joe" 1929 - uncredited
Montana Moon 1930 performer: "The Moon is Low" 1930, "Let Me Give You Love" 1930 - uncredited
Untamed 1929 performer: "Chant of the Jungle" 1929, "That Wonderful Something Is Love" 1929 - uncredited
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 performer: "Gotta Feelin' for You" 1929 - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance, Fools, Dance 1931 collaborating writer - uncredited
A Lazy Summer Afternoon with Mario Montez 2012 Short autobiography
The Best of Everything 1959 screenplay revision - uncredited
Sudden Fear 1952 collaborating writer - uncredited
Harriet Craig 1950 collaborating writer - uncredited
The Damned Don't Cry 1950 collaborating writer - uncredited
Mannequin 1937 character development - uncredited
Forsaking All Others 1934 character development - uncredited
Dancing Lady 1933 collaborating writer - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Della 1964 producer - uncredited
Woman on the Run 1959 TV Movie executive producer - uncredited
The Story of Esther Costello 1957 co-producer - uncredited
Sudden Fear 1952 executive producer - uncredited

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Queen Bee 1955 costume consultant - uncredited
The Damned Don't Cry 1950 costume consultant - uncredited
Mildred Pierce 1945 wardrobe consultant - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Berserk 1967 script consultant - uncredited
Lady of the Night 1925 double: Norma Shearer - uncredited

Make Up Department

Make Up Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Damned Don't Cry 1950 makeup and hair consultant - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ryan & Ruby 2014 TV Series short very special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Easter Island 1975 TV Movie documentary Herself - Narrator
The Merv Griffin Show 1963-1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
Journey to Murder 1971 Herself - Hostess
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour 1970 TV Series Herself
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1970 TV Special Herself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
Garbo 1969 TV Movie documentary Herself - Hostess
Girl Talk 1965-1969 TV Series Herself
Journey to the Unknown 1969 TV Movie Herself - Host
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Mike Douglas Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Linkletter Show 1968 TV Series Herself
Film Preview 1967 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1965-1967 TV Series Herself - Host / Actor / Herself - Hostess
The 39th Annual Academy Awards 1967 TV Special Herself
What's My Line? 1957-1966 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
Cinema 1966 TV Series documentary
The 38th Annual Academy Awards 1966 TV Special Herself
The Oscar 1966 Herself (uncredited)
To Tell the Truth 1965 TV Series Herself
The 17th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1965 TV Special Herself - Accepting Emmy Award for Lynn Fontanne
I'll Bet 1965 TV Series Herself
ABC's Nightlife 1965 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1965 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 37th Annual Academy Awards 1965 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Director
How to Plan a Movie Murder 1964 Short Herself
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Herself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Director
I've Got a Secret 1961-1963 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Director / Accepting Best Actress Award for Anne Bancroft
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Herself
Password All-Stars 1962 TV Series Herself
Your First Impression 1962 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Herself - Hostess
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Herself
The Bob Hope Show 1958-1960 TV Series Herself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 TV Special Herself
Startime 1960 TV Series Herself
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1960 TV Movie documentary Herself
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Herself
Caesar's Hour 1957 TV Series Herself
Tonight! America After Dark 1957 TV Series Herself
Picture Parade 1956 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers 1955 Documentary short Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Herself
Tonight! 1954-1955 TV Series Herself
A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954 TV Short Herself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
At Home with Joan Crawford 1953 Documentary short Herself
Olympic Fund Telethon 1952 TV Special Herself
Cancer Fund Film Notables Attend Glittering Benefits 1951 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 1939 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 6 1938 Documentary short Herself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-6 1934 Short Herself
Screen Snapshots 1932/I Documentary short Herself
Wir schalten um auf Hollywood 1931 Herself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 1 1930 Short Herself
Fashion News 1930 Documentary Herself (1929)
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 11 1930 Short Herself - Newlywed
Hollywood Snapshots #11 1929 Documentary short Herself
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 Herself
Voices Across the Sea 1928 Short Herself
WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926 1926 Short Herself
1925 Studio Tour 1925 Documentary short Herself (as Lucille Le Sueur)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Donne nel mito: Anna Magnani a Hollywood 2013 Documentary short Herself
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Blanche Hudson
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Frost on Interviews 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Stars of the Silver Screen 2011 TV Series Blanche Hudson
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Blanche Hudson
Flappers, Speakeasies, and the Birth of Modern Culture 2010 Documentary Herself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009 TV Movie documentary
American Masters 2008 TV Series documentary
Hush... Hush, Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte 2008 Video documentary short Herself
TV's Believe It or Not 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Various Roles
Gable and Crawford 2008 Video documentary short Herself
Tough Baby: Torch Song 2008 Video documentary short Herself
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass 2008 Short
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story 2007 Documentary Herself
Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane 2007 Video documentary short Herself
The Brothers Warner 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema 2007 Documentary Herself
Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman 2007 Documentary Herself
City Confidential 2007 TV Series documentary
Girl 27 2007 Documentary Herself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Damned Don't Cry: The Crawford Formula - Real and Reel 2005 Video documentary short Ethel Whitehead
Ziegfeld Girl Intro 2004 Video documentary short Crystal Allen
Checking Out: Grand Hotel 2004 Video documentary short Herself / Flaemmchen - the Stenographer
Legendy mirovogo kino 2004 TV Series Herself
Complicated Women 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' 2002 Video documentary short Herself
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Backstory 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary uncredited
Universal Horror 1998 TV Movie documentary
Judy Garland's Hollywood 1997 Video documentary
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender 1997 Documentary Herself
Joan Crawford: Always the Star 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 1994-1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Legends of Entertainment Video 1995 Video documentary Herself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Vienna, 'Johnny Guitar' (uncredited)
Northern Exposure 1995 TV Series Helen Wright
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary
The Casting Couch 1995 Video documentary
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clips from 'Hollywood Revue of 1929' / 'Torch Song' (uncredited)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Dream On 1990 TV Series Character in Martin's Thoughts
Going Hollywood: The War Years 1988 Documentary uncredited
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 TV Special Herself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 Margaret
Hollywood Greats 1978 TV Series documentary
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Actress 'Daisy Kenyon' (uncredited)
That's Action 1977 Documentary Herself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Herself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clips from 'Dancing Lady' & ' Strange Cargo'
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Herself
That's Entertainment! 1974 Clips from 'Hollywood Revue' & 'Dancing Lady'
Hollywood: The Dream Factory 1972 TV Movie documentary Herself - film clips
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Herself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1969 TV Movie documentary Actress 'Dancing Lady' (uncredited)
Mia and Roman 1968 Documentary short Herself
The Karate Killers 1967 Amanda True
Film Preview 1966 TV Series Margaret Landi
The Love Goddesses 1965 Documentary Herself
Four Days in November 1964 Documentary Herself
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Bobby in 'Pretty Ladies'
Hollywood and the Stars 1963-1964 TV Series Herself
The Judy Garland Show 1964 TV Series Herself
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Actress 'Rain' (uncredited)
Lykke og krone 1962 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Zwischen Glück und Krone 1959 Documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955 TV Series Herself
Some of the Best 1943 Documentary Flaemmchen - The Stenographer in Grand Hotel (uncredited)
The Miracle of Sound 1940 Documentary short Herself
Hollywood: Style Center of the World 1940 Documentary short Herself
From the Ends of the Earth 1939 Documentary short Herself
The Romance of Celluloid 1937 Short Anni Pavlovitch
Fast Workers 1933 Actress in Film Clif (edited from 'Laughing Sinners') (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
1970 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1752 Vine Street.
1954 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Musical Performance Torch Song (1953)
1953 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Best Dramatic Performance, Female Sudden Fear (1952)
1946 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Mildred Pierce (1945)
1946 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1945 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1945 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actress Mildred Pierce (1945)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female Star 15th place.
1964 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actress What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1955 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
1953 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Sudden Fear (1952)
1953 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress - Drama Sudden Fear (1952)
1948 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Possessed (1947)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1946 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Mildred Pierce (1945)

TitleSalary
The Sixth Sense (1972) $2,500
Trog (1970) $50,000 (estimated)
Night Gallery (1969) $50,000
I Saw What You Did (1965) $50,000
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) $50,000 + 25% in profits + $5,000 in living expenses
Strait-Jacket (1964) $50,000 + 40% of profits
Strait-Jacket (1964) $50,000 + % of profits
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) $30,000 + 15% of the net profits
The Best of Everything (1959) $65,000
The Story of Esther Costello (1957) $200,000
Torch Song (1953) $125,000 (paid in 83 installments for tax purposes)
Sudden Fear (1952) 40% of profits
This Woman Is Dangerous (1952) $3,205 .13 per week
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) $3,205 .13 per week
Possessed (1947) $167,000
Humoresque (1946) $500,000
Humoresque (1946) $167,000
Mildred Pierce (1945) $167,000
They All Kissed the Bride (1942) $330,000
The Bride Wore Red (1937) $9,500 .00 per week
Love on the Run (1936) $8,500 .00 per week
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) $8,500 .00 per week
I Live My Life (1935) $7,500 .00 per week
No More Ladies (1935) $7,500 .00 per week
Dancing Lady (1933) $5,000 .00 per week
Rain (1932) $4,000 .00 per week
Grand Hotel (1932) $3,500 .00 per week
This Modern Age (1931) $3,500 .00 per week
Laughing Sinners (1931) $3,000 .00 per week
Montana Moon (1930) $1,000 per week
Lady of the Night (1925) $75 .00 per week

#Fact
1 Charles Rosher and Joan Crawford infamously got into a fight, one day, on set, when he told her to take her hat off, because it was casting shadows. When she still refused, he went over and yanked it off. Joan Crawford said: "How dare you!" then slapped Charles Rosher. The often quiet, reserved Rosher slapped Crawford back, extremely hard. Joan said: "How dare you strike a woman!" Rosher said: "If you are going to act like a man, I am going to treat you like a man.".
2 In his autobiography, Jackie Cooper claims he had an affair with Crawford when he was her teenage neighbor.
3 In 1934, Crawford contacted the doctor who had performed her dental and facial operations in 1928, William Branch, for which there were follow-up procedures in 1932 and 1933. She asked him to help her develop a program through which she would underwrite the hospital bills for destitute patients who had once worked in any capacity in the film industry. These people would receive all necessary treatment at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, where she endowed many rooms and a surgical suite. All the bills were sent to her and promptly and privately paid for, without referring them to her business manager. The arrangement was made on condition that her name not be used, and that she receive no credit or publicity for her charitable work in any way. Years later, when her donations were discovered and she was publicly praised, Crawford feigned ignorance of the entire enterprise. According to a confidential hospital report made in 1939, "In the two years after 1937, more than 390 major surgeries were completed. Joan Crawford paid the bills, she never knew the people for whom she was paying, and she didn't care.".
4 Paramount was the one major studio Crawford never made a film for, although she came very close. In early 1953, Joan was in talks to star as Sylvia Merril in the Irving Asher production of 'Lisbon', an international spy tale adapted from a short story by Martin Rackin. However, the film was shelved when after several rewrites Asher and Crawford weren't sure about the strength of the script. Joan and director Nicholas Ray (who had been hired to direct 'Lisbon') both went on to film the 1954 western Johnny Guitar (1954) for Republic Pictures. It was Republic that ended up making a film version of Lisbon (1956)_ in 1956 with 'Maureen O'Hara' playing Sylvia Merril.
5 Was the 26th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Mildred Pierce (1945) at The 18th Academy Awards on March 7, 1946.
6 Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person, Crawford's being for Mildred Pierce (1945). The others are Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Judy Holliday, Vivien Leigh, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Patricia Neal, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson and Ellen Burstyn.
7 She was a fan of the TV show Bewitched (1964).
8 Her favorite actress was Agnes Moorehead.
9 Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
10 In January 2014, she was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.
11 Release of the book, "Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr" by David Bret.
12 A personal friend of President Lyndon Johnson, she was attending a White House dinner on January 17, 1967, and caused quite a tabloid stir when she implied that Cathy Douglas, the recent widow of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, failed to receive a "proper breeding" by not knowing how to correctly use her finger bowl.
13 Her favorite musician was Glenn Miller and she especially loved his 1939 song "Moonlight Serenade".
14 Crawford once said in an interview that she and her arch rival Bette Davis had nothing in common. In reality, they had a handful of similarities in their personal lives. They both had father's who abandoned their families at a young age, rised from poverty to success while breaking into films during the late 1920s early '30s, had siblings and mothers who milked them financially once they became famous, became Oscar winning leading ladies, were staunch liberal Democrats and feminists, and had daughters who wrote books denouncing them as bad mothers.
15 She was friends with: Van Johnson, Cesar Romero, Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy, Ann Blyth, Gary Gray, Marlene Dietrich, Anita Loos, Rosalind Russell, Virginia Bruce, and George Cukor.
16 The Disneyland attraction "It's A Small World" was donated to the famed theme-park courtesy of Joan. During the 1964 World's Fair, Joan, who at the time was a chairwoman for Pepsi Cola, approached Walt Disney with the suggestion of creating a ride dedicated to the children of the world. The musical boat ride was a smash hit and once the fair ended "It's A Small World" was transfered in its entirety to Disneyland and was officially reopened to park guests on May 28, 1966, with Crawford in attendance.
17 Joan suffered from bacillophobia, the fear of germs.
18 Her biggest pet peeve was being told by rising starlets that she was their mother's favorite actress.
19 She was an active member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was very liberal all her life. She was a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.
20 After joining Warner Bros., she was looking for her first role at the studio. Jack L. Warner had her in mind for the role of Kathryn Mason in Conflict (1945) and sent the script for the film to her. However, after reading the script, she told her agent to tell Warner that "Joan Crawford never dies in her movies, and she never ever loses her man to anyone".
21 Was in consideration for the part of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940), but Rosalind Russell was cast instead.
22 Former mother-in-law of Harvey Medlinsky.
23 Her daughter Christina Crawford suffered from an ovarian cyst in 1968 while appearing on the soap opera The Secret Storm (1954). While Christina was recovering from surgery, Joan Crawford, 63 years old at the time, temporarily took over Christina's role as a 28-year-old on the show. Christina Crawford wrote in her book "Mommie Dearest" that when she watched her mother's scenes on the telecast, it was obvious to her that her mother had been drinking during the taping.
24 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1752 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
25 While touring the talk show circuit to promote What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Bette Davis told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads, Warner studio head Jack L. Warner replied: "I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for either of those two old broads." Recalling the story, Bette Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she received a telegram from Crawford: "In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!".
26 In 1959, upon the death of her husband Alfred Steele, CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Company, Joan refused to give up her seat on the board of directors until her forced retirement in 1973. She earned $60,000 per year as a board member, and was a tireless supporter of the product, demanding it receive prominent placement in her films, and traveled extensively as a goodwill ambassador for the company.
27 In 1933, she appeared in a Coca-Cola print advertisement. Some years later, in 1955, she married Pepsi-Cola board chairman Alfred N. Steele.
28 Had once said that Clark Gable was the only man she had ever truly loved.
29 Salary for 1941, $195,673.
30 She was Fred Astaire's first on-screen dance partner. They appeared in Dancing Lady (1933).
31 In Italy, almost all of her films were dubbed by Tina Lattanzi and in the fifties mainly by Lidia Simoneschi. She was once dubbed by Gemma Griarotti in the second dubbing of Grand Hotel (1932).
32 Mentioned in thanks by Courtney Love in the liner notes of Hole's album Celebrity Skin.
33 Adopted four children. Her two oldest children, Christina Crawford and Chistopher were completely excluded from her will. The other two received the modest amount of $77,500 each out of Crawford's $2 million estate.
34 Her performance as Mildred Pierce Beragon in Mildred Pierce (1945) is ranked #93 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
35 Was very close friends with William Haines and his partner Jimmy Shields from very early in her career until Haines' death. An up-and-coming actor, Haines had refused MGM's demand of a sham marriage to divert attention from his long-standing relationship with Shields. Crawford often referred to them as one of the longest, happiest marriages in Hollywood.
36 Often wore shoulder pads.
37 In AFI's 100 Years 100 Stars, she was ranked the #10 Female Greatest Screen Legend.
38 She had English, as well as small amounts of French (the origin of her surname) and Welsh, ancestry.
39 Is portrayed by Barrie Youngfellow in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) and by Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (1981)
40 She has a grandson, Casey LaLonde, by her daughter Cathy. He was born c. 1972.
41 She has a granddaughter, Chrystal, from son Christopher. She has a granddaughter Carla, born c. 1970, from daughter Cathy. She has eight grandchildren altogether (four from Christopher and two each from Cindy and Cathy).
42 Although Crawford claimed her youngest daughters Cathy and Cindy were twins, most sources, including her two older children, claim they were just two babies born about a month apart. Her two older children claimed they couldn't be twins because they looked nothing alike. In the early 1990s, Cathy found their birth certificate, which proved that they were indeed twins, born on January 13, 1947. The fact that they were fraternal twins, rather than identical, can account for the fact that they did not look alike. The twins eventually met their birth father and other biological relatives. They found out that their birth mother had died of kidney failure soon after birth and that their father, who had not been married to their mother, did not find out about them until after it was too late. They were sold illegally to Joan Crawford by Tennessee Children's Home Society director Georgia Tann.
43 After her husband Al Steele died, she still continued to set a place for him at the dinner table.
44 Comedic actress Betty Hutton, who lived near Crawford for a time, stated that she saw some of the abuse claimed by Joan's daughter Christina Crawford. Hutton would often encourage her own children to spend some time with "those poor children," as she felt they needed some fun in their lives.
45 Was approached twice by the producers of the Airport disaster movie series. She was offered two different roles in both Airport 1975 (1974) and Airport '77 (1977), but refused.
46 After being signed by MGM, someone attempted to extort money from the studio by claiming they had a pornographic film that featured a young Crawford. The attempt failed when MGM pointed out they could not definitely prove the actress in the film was Crawford. The incident was mentioned in a couple of biographies.
47 She was voted the 47th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
48 One of the original MGM contract stars from the studio's early period.
49 Met her biological father only once when he visited her on the set of Chained (1934). She would never see him again.
50 She was a favorite model of Walt Disney and Ub Iweks for their early experiments in animation ("The Hand Behind the Mouse," by Leslie Iwerks).
51 WAMPAS Baby of 1926
52 Her popularity grew so quickly after her name was changed to Joan Crawford that two films in which she was still billed as Lucille Le Sueur: Old Clothes (1925) and The Only Thing (1925) were recalled, and the billings were altered.
53 Her Oscar statuette for Mildred Pierce (1945) went on auction after her death and sold for $68,000. The auction house had predicted a top bid of $15,000.
54 Her little tap dancing in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) was the first audible tap dance on the screen.
55 Adopted four children: Christina Crawford, Christopher Crawford, and twins Cindy Crawford and Cathy Crawford.
56 Blue Öyster Cult wrote a song about her, titled "Joan Crawford".
57 Joan never liked the name "Crawford", saying to friend, actor William Haines that it sounded too much like "Crawfish". He replied that it was much better than "Cranberry," which became the nickname he used for Crawford for over 50 years.
58 Joan adopted another son in the early 1940s, but during a magazine interview, she disclosed the location of his birth, and his biological mother showed up at her Brentwood home wanting the baby back. Thinking that a fight would hurt the well-being of the child, Joan gave him back to his mother, who then sold him to another family.
59 When Joan adopted her eldest daughter, Christina Crawford, she first named her 'Joan, Jr.'. Baby pictures from the book 'Mommie, Dearest' show baby Christina lying on a towel with 'Joan, Jr.' monogrammed on it. Later, for reasons that can only be speculated, Joan changed the baby's name to Christina. Joan did the same thing to her adopted son, who was named 'Phillip Terry, Jr.', after the man that Joan was married to at the time he was adopted. After her divorce to Phillip Terry was finalized, Joan changed the boy's name to Christopher.
60 Joan was dancing in a chorus line in 1925 when she was spotted by MGM and offered a screen test. Joan, who wanted more than anything to continue dancing, turned down the offer at first. But another chorus girl persuaded Joan to try the test, and a few weeks later she was put under contract.
61 As a child, Joan was playing in the front yard of her home in Texas when she got a large piece of glass lodged in her foot. After it was removed, doctors told her she would likely never walk again without a limp. Joan was determined to be a dancer, so she practiced walking and dancing every day for over six months until she was able to walk without pain. Not only did she make a full recovery, she also fulfilled her dream of becoming a chorus dancer.
62 Joan adopted all of her children except Christopher Crawford while she was unmarried. Since the state of California did not allow single men and women to adopt children at that time, Joan had to search for agencies in the eastern United States. The agency in charge of the adoption of Christina Crawford was later uncovered as part of a black market baby ring.
63 When her daughter Christina Crawford decided to become an actress, Joan demanded that she change her last name, so it wouldn't appear that Christina was using it to further her career. Christina refused.
64 During her later years, Crawford was drinking up to a quart of vodka a day.
65 Drank excessively and smoked until she began practicing Christian Science, at which time she abruptly quit smoking. The amount she drank decreased substantially for decades, but then increased during the 1960s and 1970s as her career wound down and health problems increased.
66 Decided to adopt children after suffering a series of miscarriages with her husbands and being told by doctors that she would never be able to have a baby.
67 Joan was bullied and shunned at Scaritt Elementary School in Kansas City by the other students due to her poor home life. After she became a star, she answered every single piece of fan mail she received in her lifetime except those from former classmates at Scaritt. She worked with her mother in a laundry and felt that her classmates could smell the chemicals and cleaners on her. She said that her love of taking showers and being obsessed with cleanliness had begun early in life as an attempt to wash off the smell of the laundry.
68 Sister of actor Hal Le Sueur.
69 Joan always considered The Unknown (1927) a big turning point for her. She said it wasn't until working with Lon Chaney in this film that she learned the difference between standing in front of a camera and acting in front of a camera. She said that was all due to Lon Chaney and his intense concentration, and after that experience she said she worked much harder to become a better actress.
70 It was recently learned from an excellent, detailed and objective TV biography of her (including information from Christina Crawford) that Joan Crawford's hatred of wire hangers derived from her poverty as a child and her experiences working with her mother in what must have been a grim job in a laundry. [August 2002]
71 She disliked her 'new' name and initially encouraged others to pronounce it Jo-Anne Crawford. In private, she liked to be referred to as Billie.
72 "Joan Arden" was chosen as the young star's screen name after a write-in contest was held in the pages of "Movie Weekly" magazine, but a bit player came forward and said she was already using it. Mrs. Marie M. Tisdale, a crippled woman living in Albany, New York, won $500 for submitting the runner-up name "Joan Crawford".
73 In her final years at MGM, Crawford was handed weak scripts in the hopes that she'd break her contract. Two films she hungered to appear in were Random Harvest (1942) and Madame Curie (1943). Both films went to bright new star Greer Garson instead, and Crawford left the studio soon after.
74 Despite being a big star, Crawford really didn't appear in that many film classics. One she missed out on was From Here to Eternity (1953) in 1953. When the domineering actress insisted that her costumes be designed by Sheila O'Brien, studio head Harry Cohn replaced her with Deborah Kerr.
75 Her cleanliness obsession lead her to prefer showers to tubs, as she abhorred sitting in her own bathwater.
76 After hearing that a plumber had used a toilet after installing it in her Brentwood home, she immediately had the fixture and pipes ripped out and replaced.
77 In the early 1930s, tired of playing fun-loving flappers, Joan wanted to change her image. Thin lips would not do for her, she wanted big lips. Ignoring Crawford's natural lip contours, Max Factor ran a smear of color across her upper and lower lips; it was just what she wanted. To Max, the Crawford look, which became her trademark, was always 'the smear'. To the public, it became known as 'Hunter's Bow Lips'. Crawford is often credited as helping to rout America's prejudice against lipstick.
78 Whenever she stayed in a hotel, no matter how good and well-reputed it was, Joan always scrubbed the bathroom herself before using it.
79 She was named as 'the other woman' in at least two divorces.
80 Her 1933 contract with MGM was so detailed and binding, it even had a clause in it indicating what time she was expected to be in bed each night.
81 Was forced by MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to drop her real name Lucille LeSueur because it sounded too much like "sewer".
82 She had a cleanliness obsession. She used to wash her hands every ten minutes and follow guests around her house wiping everything they touched, especially doorknobs and pieces from her china set. She would never smoke a cigarette unless she opened the pack herself, and would never use another cigarette out of that pack if someone else had touched it.
83 Born at 10:00 PM.
84 One-time daughter-in-law of Douglas Fairbanks. Former cousin-in-law of Lucile Fairbanks. Former niece-in-law of Robert Fairbanks.
85 At the time of her death, the only photographs displayed in her apartment were of Barbara Stanwyck and President John F. Kennedy.
86 Cartoonist Milton Caniff claimed he created the character of "Dragon Lady" for his popular "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip, based on Joan Crawford.
87 She taught director Steven Spielberg how to belch while filming their episode of Night Gallery (1969).
88 After her friend Steven Spielberg hit it big, Joan sent him periodic notes of congratulations. The last one came two weeks before her death.
89 She was so dedicated to her fans that she always personally responded to her fan mail by typing them responses on blue paper and autographing it. A great deal of her spare time and weekends were spent doing this.
90 Was asked to take over Carole Lombard 's role in They All Kissed the Bride (1942) after Lombard died in a air crash returning from a war bond tour. Crawford then donated all of her salary to the Red Cross, who found Lombard's body, and promptly fired her agent for taking his usual 10%.
91 Interred at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, USA.
92 Each time Crawford married, she changed the name of her Brentwood estate and installed all new toilet seats.
93 Worked as an elevator operator at Harzfeld's Department Store in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
94 Entered Stephens College, a posh university for women in Columbia, Missouri in 1922, however she left before her first academic year was over as she felt she was not academically prepared for university.

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1 [on The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)] I had read the criticisms of me and my movies and they were discerning. They said that Crawford needs a new deal, and they asked if I was doomed to explore forever the emotional misfortunes of the super-sexed modern young woman. And so, to break away from the pattern, I wanted to do The Gorgeous Hussy (1936). [David O.] Selznick laughed at me. 'You can't do a costume picture. You're too modern.' But I begged and begged and begged, and so they let me do it. I was totally miscast.
2 [on returning to MGM to work on Torch Song (1953)] "It was like a homecoming. I loved doing that film. It gave me a chance to dance again. All the right elements were there. It was a field day for an actress, particularly one who'd reached a certain age. They don't write pictures like this anymore, do they?"
3 [on William Haines and his partner, Jimmie Shields] "The happiest married couple I ever knew."
4 [on Queen Bee (1955)] "I had a chance to play the total bitch, a worse bitch than I had played in The Women (1939) - and for a solid ninety minutes, too. I ended up hating myself, honestly feeling that in my death scene I was getting precisely what I deserved."
5 [on acting] "One of the scary things is the effects a really heavy or demanding role will have on your personal life. During The Women (1939), I'm afraid I was as much of a bitch offscreen as I was on. Elizabeth Taylor said that she actually became Martha [in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) in private life, with rather disastrous consequences. I can understand that. I always wondered how Charlton Heston acted offscreen while he was playing Moses."
6 [on This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)] "I must have been awfully hungry. The kids were in school, the house had a mortgage. And so I did this awful picture that had a shoddy story, a cliché script and no direction to speak of. The thing just blundered along. I suppose I could have made it better, but it was one of those times when I was so disgusted with everything that I just shrugged and went along with it. It was the worst picture I ever made."
7 [on This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)] "At the moment when I needed a blockbuster, my next picture could easily have been my swan song. It was the type of improbable corn that had gone out with Adrian's shoulder pads."
8 [on Possessed (1947)] "I worked harder on it than on any other picture. Don't let anyone tell you it's easy to play a madwoman, particularly a psychotic. It was a heavy, heavy picture, not very pleasant, and I was emotionally and physically exhausted when we finished shooting."
9 [on Mildred Pierce (1945)] "The character I played was a composite of the characters I'd always played, and there were a few elements from my own personality and character, too. In a way, I think I was getting ready for Mildred Pierce (1945) when I was a kid, waiting on tables and cooking. But there was not a single Crawford mannerism in my performance. I sailed into [it] with all the gusto I'd been saving for three years. The role was a delight to me, because it rescued me from what was known at MGM as the Joan Crawford formula. I had become so hidden in clothes and sets that nobody could tell whether I had talent or not."
10 [on being dubbed "box-office poison in 1938] "Box-office poison? Mr. [Louis B.] Mayer always asserted that the studio had built Stage 22, Stage 24 and the Irving Thalberg Building, brick by brick, from the income on my pictures.
11 Everything clicked on Autumn Leaves (1956). The cast was perfect, the script was good, and I think Bob [Robert Aldrich] handled everything well. I really think Cliff [Cliff Robertson] did a stupendous job; another actor might have been spitting out his lines and chewing the scenery, but he avoided that trap. I think the movie on a whole was a lot better than some of the romantic movies I did in the past. It did all right at the box office, but somehow it just never became better known. It was eclipsed by the picture I did with Bette Davis.
12 [The Story of Esther Costello (1957)] It was one hell of a demanding role and I played it in my own pitch, the way I thought it should be played, and I was right. The complexities of the part were staggering and I have nothing but very fond memories of it - plus the usual nagging question, why the hell didn't more pictures like this come along? Why did I get stuck in freak shows?
13 [on why she declined Airport '77 (1977)] I wanted Joel McCrea to play opposite me, and anyway, they actually asked me to fly out there with only one week's notice! Why, that is hardly enough time for makeup tests or rehearsals... and when I asked about costume fittings, they said they wanted me to wear my own clothes!
14 The Democratic party is one that I've always observed. I have struggled greatly in life from the day I was born and I am honored to be apart of something that focuses on working class citizens and molds them into a proud specimen. Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Kennedy have done so much in that regard for the two generations they've won over during their career course.
15 [on The Women (1939)] It was like a f--king zoo at times. If you let down your guard for one moment you would have been eaten alive.
16 [on filming the bath scene in The Women (1939)] It took ten hours to shoot. The suds lasted only fifteen minutes under the hot lights. Once, the water began to leak out and the crew had to toss me a towel to clothe myself. It could have been so embarrassing.
17 While making Possessed (1947), I wept each morning on my drive to the studio, and I wept all the way back home. I found it impossible to sleep at night, so I'd lie in bed contemplating the future. I fear it with all my heart and soul even as I fear the dark.
18 I used to wash my hands every ten minutes. I couldn't step out of the house unless I had gloves on. I wouldn't smoke a cigarette unless I opened the pack myself, and I would never use another cigarette out of that pack if someone else had touched it.
19 [on her son, Christopher Crawford] I remember most clearly when a teenage Christopher spat in my face. He said, "I hate you". It's pretty hard to overlook that. I couldn't.
20 [on What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and whether she hid weights on her body so that Bette Davis would have a hard time lifting her off the bed when she takes her out of the house for their trip to the beach] Weights! And have Bette tell everyone I was as heavy as an elephant. Absolutely not. I may not have made it as easy for her to lift me out of the bed as I could have, at least at first, but when you're a pro you get over any animosity you may feel and help your fellow player out. It simply didn't happen.
21 I absolutely will not allow anyone to call me grandmother. They can call me Auntie Joan, Dee-Dee, Cho-Cho, anything but grandmother. It pushes a woman almost to the grave.
22 [on Planet of the Apes (1968)] Sure, I'd play an ape if they asked me. Maurice Evans did.
23 [commenting on her final days at Warner Brothers] They were grooming Doris Day to take over the top spot. [Jack L. Warner] asked me to play her sister in one picture [Storm Warning (1951)]. I said, "Come on, Jack. No one could ever believe that I would have Doris Day for a sister".
24 [after seeing Greta Garbo for the first time on the MGM lot] My knees went weak. She was breathtaking. If ever I thought of becoming a lesbian, that was it.
25 I hate this f-king picture [What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)], but I need the money, and if it goes over I'll get a nice percentage of the profits.
26 I had always known what I wanted, and that was beauty... in every form... a beautiful house, beautiful man, a beautiful life and image. I was ambitious to get the money which would attain all that for me.
27 [To Spencer Tracy, made up with curled hair for Captains Courageous (1937)] Oh, my God, it's Harpo Marx!
28 [on the red carpet treatment Norma Shearer attracted at MGM] What do you expect? She sleeps with the boss [Shearer's husband Irving Thalberg was production head of MGM].
29 [on her children Christina Crawford and Christopher Crawford] You know the troubles I've had with my two older children. I can't understand why it turned out so badly. I tried to give them everything. I loved them and tried to keep them near me, even when they didn't return my love. Well, I couldn't make them love me, but they could have shown some respect. I couldn't insist on love, but I could insist on respect.
30 [on Bette Davis]: There was one thing where Bette was one up on me. She'd had a baby, a child of her own. I wanted one, and Bette was so lucky to have been able to have her own daughter.
31 [on Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) (1973)] I still get chills when I think of the treachery that Miss Davis [Bette Davis] indulged in on that movie, but I refused to ever let anger or hate enter my heart.
32 When television killed comedy and love stories, the movie makers went in slugging. They offered the downbeat, the degenerate as competition. This seems to me to be a sad campaign for Hollywood to use to combat box office disaster.
33 [The 1930s] Hollywood was capable of hurting me so much. The things about Hollywood that could hurt me (when I first came) can't touch me now. I suddenly decided that they shouldn't hurt me - that was all.
34 [on The David Frost Show (1969), (1970)] I feel that if you have one ounce of good sense and one good friend, you'll never have to go to a psychiatrist.
35 Franchot [Franchot Tone] was an extremely loving, intelligent, considerate man, but he was also very haunted. He was one hell of a fine actor, but he loved the theatre and despised Hollywood. He very seldom got the parts he deserved, and I think this bugged him a lot. I wasn't as nice to him, as considerate, as I should have been. I was extremely busy during those years, and I didn't realize that his insecurities and dissatisfactions ran so deeply. His sex life diminished considerably, which didn't help matters, and there finally came a time when we only had things to argue about, not to talk about, and after hundreds of running arguments and a few physical rows we decided to call it quits. I missed him a lot, for a long, long time. He was so mature and stimulating. I think I can safely say that the break-up was another career casualty. If I'd tried a little harder - who knows.
36 Sensitive husbands don't like second billing. I don't believe Franchot [Franchot Tone] ever for a moment resented the fact that I was a star. Possibly he resented Hollywood's refusal to let him forget it. There was never a doubt in my mind that his talent was greater than mine.
37 When we were making [What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)], Bette [Bette Davis] admitted to me she was "absolutely smitten" with Franchot [Franchot Tone], who had made Dangerous (1935) with her, but Franchot and I were already very much involved. That proves that Bette did have some good taste in men. Franchot said he thought Bette was a good actress, but he never thought of her as a woman. Our marriage didn't last, but we had some wonderful years. I wouldn't give them back for anything, and we remained friends as long as he lived.
38 Be afraid of nothing.
39 [commenting on sex in films] I find suggestion a hell of a lot more provocative than explicit detail. You didn't see [Clark Gable] and [Vivien Leigh] rolling around in bed in Gone with the Wind (1939), but you saw that shit-eating grin on her face the next morning and you knew damned well she'd gotten properly laid . . . In my fallen-woman roles . . . nobody saw me do the actual falling . . . but they knew I'd fallen, and when it happened again--well, they got the point, and maybe the pornography that went on inside their heads was better than the actual thing would have been on screen. Censorship was a pain in the ass--when it was moral or political--but in the long run, considering what I see now, I think it served a purpose. Marlon Brando . . . Oh, what was the film [Last Tango in Paris (1972)] . . . anyway the nude scene. He's at least 40 pounds overweight, and I think the only sex appeal he has would be to a meat packer. That's art? The emphasis seems to be on the seamier side of real life, as though we should be more interested in what happened in the bathroom and the bedroom instead of living room, kitchen and office. The perspective is crazy. If we think about our lives, and divide time into the portions spent on making a living, eating, talking, reading, being entertained by TV or movies or radio or theater or whatever, and having sex, I think we'd find sex coming out on the short end of the stick. Unless you're a whore it doesn't give you the wherewithal to survive. Good God, isn't it more fun doing it or imagining it than watching it? . . . I know I sound like some sort of old Puritan, but I still think back to "Gone with the Wind", and that morning scene with Scarlett O'Hara. It was a hell of a lot more sexually stimulating than a glimpse of fat Marlon Brando.
40 [on Judy Garland] Over the years I've heard and read so many stories about the way Judy Garland was so badly treated at Metro she ended up a mess. I did not know her well, but after watching her in action a few times I didn't want to know her well. I think her problems were caused by the fact that she was a spoiled, indulgent, selfish brat -- plus a stage mother who had to be something of a monster, and a few husbands whose egos absolutely dominated hers. There were times when I felt sorry for Judy, but there were more times when I thought, "For Christ's sake, get off your ass!" ...but when she put her mind to it, she was good. And I mean damned good. Even in her silly pictures she came off.
41 [on Bette Davis and The Star (1952)] Of course I had heard she was supposed to be playing me, but I didn't believe it. Did you see the picture? It couldn't possibly be me. Bette looked so old, and so dreadfully overweight.
42 [on Bette Davis] So I had no great beginnings in legitimate theater, but what the hell had she become if not a movie star? With all her little gestures with the cigarette, the clipped speech, the big eyes, the deadpan? I was just as much an actress as she was, even though I wasn't trained for the stage.
43 [on Bette Davis and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] I have always believed in the Christian ethic, to forgive and forget. I looked forward to working with Bette again. I had no idea of the extent of her hate, and that she planned to destroy me.
44 [on Bette Davis] She has a cult, and what the hell is a cult except a gang of rebels without a cause. I have fans. There's a big difference.
45 [on Bette Davis and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] Sure, she stole some of my big scenes, but the funny thing is, when I see the movie again, she stole them because she looked like a parody of herself, and I still looked like something of a star.
46 [on Bette Davis during the filming of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] She acted like [What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] was a one-woman show after they nominated her [for an Academy Award as Best Actress]. What was I supposed to do, let her hog all the glory, act like I hadn't even been in the movie? She got the nomination. I didn't begrudge her that, but it would have been nice if she'd been a little gracious in interviews and given me a little credit. I would have done it for her.
47 [on Greta Garbo] To this day I deplore the fact that she is unable to share herself with the world. What a waste!...If only she hadn't been so afraid, she wouldn't today be a lonely stranger on Fifth Avenue, fleeing before recognition.
48 [on Greta Garbo] She's let herself go all to hell. She walks along the sidewalk and runs across the street through the cars when somebody notices her, like an animal, a furtive rodent. It's a wonder anybody notices her - she looks like a bag lady. I heard that she's simply stopped bathing.
49 [commenting on the remake of The Women (1939), The Opposite Sex (1956)] It's ridiculous. Norma [Norma Shearer] and I might not ever have been bosom buddies, but we towered compared to those pygmies in the remake!
50 [on director George Cukor] Mr. Cukor is a hard task-master, a fine director and he took me over the coals giving me the roughest time I have ever had. And I am eternally grateful.
51 [on working with Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at Legendary Ladies of the Movies, Town Hall (1973)] It was one of the greatest challenges I ever had. [pauses to allow the laughter from the audience to taper off] I meant that kindly. Bette is of a different temperament than I. Bette had to yell every morning. I just sat and knitted. I knitted a scarf from Hollywood to Malibu.
52 If you're going to be a star, you have to look like a star, and I never go out unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.
53 If you've earned a position, be proud of it. Don't hide it. I want to be recognized. When I hear people say, "Joan Crawford!" I turn around and say, "Hi! How are you?"
54 Hollywood is like life, you face it with the sum total of your equipment.
55 I love playing bitches. There's a lot of bitch in every woman - a lot in every man.
56 [speaking to director George Cukor after learning of Marilyn Monroe's death] You're right. She was cheap, and an exhibitionist. She was never professional, and that irritated the hell out of people. But for God's sake, she needed help. She had all these people on her payroll. Where the hell were they when she needed them? Why in the hell did she have to die alone?
57 If I can't be me, I don't want to be anybody. I was born that way.
58 I'd like to think every director I've worked with has fallen in love with me; I know Dorothy Arzner did.
59 Of all the actresses ... to me, only Faye Dunaway has the talent and the class and the courage it takes to make a real star.
60 There was a saying around MGM: "Norma Shearer got the productions, Greta Garbo supplied the art, and Joan Crawford made the money to pay for both".
61 Not that anyone cares, but there's a right and wrong way to clean a house.
62 Send me flowers while I'm alive. They won't do me a damn bit of good after I'm dead.
63 [speaking of Marilyn Monroe] Look, there's nothing wrong with my tits, but I don't go around throwing them in people's faces!
64 Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party.
65 You have to be self-reliant and strong to survive in this town. Otherwise you will be destroyed.
66 Women's Lib? Poor little things. They always look so unhappy. Have you noticed how bitter their faces are?
67 [regarding the ongoing feud between Joan and her daughter Christina Crawford] Mother and daughter feuds make for reams in print; they also make for reams of inaccuracies: the greatest inaccuracy is the feud itself. It takes two to feud and I'm not one of them. I only wish the best for Tina.
68 I think the most important thing a woman can have -- next to talent, of course, is -- her hairdresser.
69 Nobody can imitate me. You can always see impersonations of Katharine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. But not me. Because I've always drawn on myself only.
70 Love is fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
71 I hate being asked to discuss those dreadful horror pictures I made the mistake of starring in. They were all just so disappointing to me, I really had high expectations for some of them. I thought that William Castle and I did our best on Strait-Jacket (1964) but the script was ludicrous and unbelievable and that destroyed that picture. I even thought that Berserk (1967) would be good but that was one of the worst of the lot. The other one William Castle and I did [I Saw What You Did (1965)] was the most wretched of them all and I just wasn't good at playing an over-the-hill nymphomaniac. Ha! Then came Trog (1970). Now you can understand why I retired from making motion pictures. Incidentally, I think at that point in my career I was doing my best work on television. Della was a good television role for me, and I really liked working on that pilot episode of Night Gallery: Night Gallery (1969) with young Steven Spielberg. He did a great job and I am very satisfied with my performance on that show. Funny, every time a reporter asks me about my horror pictures they never talk about that one, and it's the only one I liked!
72 I realized one morning that Trog (1970) was going to be my last picture. I had to be up early for the shoot and when I looked outside at the beautiful morning sky I felt that it was time to say goodbye. I think that may have been a prophetic thought because when I arrived on the set that morning the director told me that due to budget cuts we would wrap up filming today. The last shot of that film was a one-take and it was a very emotional moment for me. When I was walking up that hill towards the sunset I was flooded with memories of the last 50 years, and when the director yelled cut I just kept on walking. That for me was the perfect way to end my film career, however, the audiences who had to sit through that picture may feel differently.
73 If I weren't a Christian Scientist, and I saw Trog (1970) advertised on a marquee across the street, I'd think I'd contemplate suicide.
74 [regarding the films she made after What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] They were all terrible, even the few I thought might be good. I made them because I needed the money or because I was bored or both. I hope they have been exhibited and withdrawn and are never heard from again.
75 If you start watching the oldies, you're in trouble. I feel ancient if Grand Hotel (1932) or The Bride Wore Red (1937) comes on. I have a sneaking regard for Mildred Pierce (1945), but the others do nothing for me.
76 [In The Women (1939)] Norma Shearer made me change my costume sixteen times because every one was prettier than hers. I love to play bitches and she helped me in this part.
77 I need sex for a clear complexion, but I'd rather do it for love.

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