Joan Crawford biography

Joan Crawford

Actor, Film actor

1904 – 1977

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Who was Joan Crawford?

Joan Crawford, born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actress in film, television and theatre.

Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorine on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and success. These "rags-to-riches" stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled "Box Office Poison". But her career gradually improved in the early 1940s, and she made a major comeback in 1945 by starring in Mildred Pierce, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s, when her performances became fewer; after the release of the British horror film Trog in 1970, Crawford retired from the screen. Following a public appearance in 1974, after which unflattering photographs were published, Crawford withdrew from public life and became increasingly reclusive until her death in 1977.

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Born
Mar 23, 1904
San Antonio
Also known as
  • Lucille Fay LeSueur
  • Billie Cassin
  • Lucille Le Sueur
  • Billie
  • Cranberry
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Christian Science
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Stephens College
Lived in
  • Oklahoma
  • Lawton
  • San Antonio
  • Kansas City
  • Missouri
  • California
Died
May 10, 1977
New York City
Resting place
Ferncliff Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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