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Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

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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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1916:
Grew up with mother and stepfather in Lawton, Oklahoma; moved with family to Kansas City, Missouri (date approximate)
1923:
Won amateur dance contest; went to Chicago and Detroit in search of dance career
1924:
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
1925:
As Miss MGM introduced trailer reel of upcoming MGM films
1925:
Feature film debut (as double for Norma Shearer) in "Lady of the Night"
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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"
1925:
Film acting debut in King Vidor's "Proud Flesh"
1926:
Voted one of 13 WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) "Baby Stars" along with Dolores Del Rio, Mary Astor and others
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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)
1929:
After singing in the all-star "Hollywood Revue of 1929" made full-fledged sound debut in "Untamed"
1931:
First teamed with Clark Gable in "Dance Fools Dance", "Laughing Sinners" and "Possessed"
1932:
Made motion picture exhibitors poll of top ten box office stars
1938:
Named "box office poison" by motion picture exhibitors; MGM renewed her contract nonetheless
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Appearances in "The Women" (1939) and "Strange Cargo" (1940) helped Crawford regain popularity and garner new critical regard
1943:
Last film for MGM for ten years, "Above Suspicion"
1944:
Signed contract with Warner Bros. paying her slightly less but giving her script approval
1944:
Made cameo appearance in all-star fund-raising film, "Hollywood Canteen"
1945:
First starring film under Warners contract, the popular and acclaimed melodrama, "Mildred Pierce"
1952:
Last film under Warner Bros. contract, "This Woman Is Dangerous"; began free-lancing
1952:
Regained her star clout with successful appearance in RKO's "Sudden Fear"
1953:
One-shot return to MGM to star in musical drama, "Torch Song"
1957:
Played last romantic lead, "The Story of Esther Costello"
1959:
Played first supporting character role in "The Best of Everything"; still received star billing
1959:
Elected to board of directors of Pepsi-Cola two days after the death of husband Alfred Steele, Pepsi executive
1962:
Career revived with starring role opposite Bette Davis in popular Grand Guignol semi-horror film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
1964:
Co-starred opposite Diane Baker in made for TV film, "Della"
1970:
Last feature film, "Trog"

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