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|Also Known As:||Died:||May 10, 1977|
|Born:||March 23, 1904||Cause of Death:||acute coronary occlusion|
|Birth Place:||San Antonio, Texas, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Grew up with mother and stepfather in Lawton, Oklahoma; moved with family to Kansas City, Missouri (date approximate)
Won amateur dance contest; went to Chicago and Detroit in search of dance career
In chorus of New York production of "Innocent Eyes"; spotted "third from the left in the back row" by MGM producer Harry Rapf; subsequently given screen test
As Miss MGM introduced trailer reel of upcoming MGM films
Feature film debut (as double for Norma Shearer) in "Lady of the Night"
Contest held by MGM to rename its new contract player; for a while used winning entry name of "Joan Arden" until an extra with that name was discovered on the set; name changed to second place entry, "Joan Crawford"
Film acting debut in King Vidor's "Proud Flesh"
Voted one of 13 WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) "Baby Stars" along with Dolores Del Rio, Mary Astor and others
Among the leading lady parts with which Crawford attained stardom are her roles in "Sally, Irene, and Mary" (1925), "Paris" (1926) and "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928)
After singing in the all-star "Hollywood Revue of 1929" made full-fledged sound debut in "Untamed"
First teamed with Clark Gable in "Dance Fools Dance", "Laughing Sinners" and "Possessed"
Made motion picture exhibitors poll of top ten box office stars
Named "box office poison" by motion picture exhibitors; MGM renewed her contract nonetheless
Appearances in "The Women" (1939) and "Strange Cargo" (1940) helped Crawford regain popularity and garner new critical regard
Last film for MGM for ten years, "Above Suspicion"
Signed contract with Warner Bros. paying her slightly less but giving her script approval
Made cameo appearance in all-star fund-raising film, "Hollywood Canteen"
First starring film under Warners contract, the popular and acclaimed melodrama, "Mildred Pierce"
Last film under Warner Bros. contract, "This Woman Is Dangerous"; began free-lancing
Regained her star clout with successful appearance in RKO's "Sudden Fear"
One-shot return to MGM to star in musical drama, "Torch Song"
Played last romantic lead, "The Story of Esther Costello"
Played first supporting character role in "The Best of Everything"; still received star billing
Elected to board of directors of Pepsi-Cola two days after the death of husband Alfred Steele, Pepsi executive
Career revived with starring role opposite Bette Davis in popular Grand Guignol semi-horror film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
Co-starred opposite Diane Baker in made for TV film, "Della"
Last feature film, "Trog"
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