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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 ...


There is some debate regarding the actual year of Crawford's birth. Many sources give 1906 or 1908, but 1904 is cited most often and by those references generally most reliable, although government records indicate 1908.

Crawford was one of MGM's biggest stars of the 1930s. She placed third on the first annual exhibitor's poll of top boxoffice stars in 1932, and later placed tenth in 1933, sixth in 1934, fifth in 1935 and seventh in 1936. Her boxoffice appeal plummeted for a time in the late 30s, leading her to be one of the stars dubbed "box office poison" in an exhibitors' poll. The most durable star of them all, though, Crawford, still a star three decades later, could look back at it all and laugh.

Referring to the trendsetting makeup styles Crawford initiated in the early 1930s, which replaced the genteel prettiness of the 20s with a more sculptured, mature look, Crawford remarked, "Everybody imitated my fuller mouth, my darker eyebrows. But I wouldn't copy anybody. If I can't be me, I don't want to be anybody. I was born that way." --quoted in "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion", 9th edition

"The most important thing a woman can have, next to her talent of course, is her hairdresser" --Joan Crawford

"The best time I ever had with her was when I pushed her downstairs in 'Baby Jane'." --Bette Davis, referring to a scene that does not appear in the final film, quoted in "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion", 9th edition

"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." --quote attributed to Crawford

"Inactivity is one of the great indignities of life. The need to work is always there, bugging me." --Joan Crawford

"I tried to be a good listener. I decided that was what she wanted all along--not so much a friend as an audience." --June Allyson on Crawford, quoted in "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, 9th edition

"She's slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie." --quote attributed to Bette Davis

"Bette and I work differently. Bette screams and I knit. While she screamed, I knitted a scarf that stretched clear to Malibu." --Joan Crawford on working with Bette Davis at a 1973 NYC appearance

"As a human being, Miss Crawford is a great actress." --quote attributed to Nicholas Ray, director of "Johnny Guitar" (1954)

She was elected a fellow of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusets

Designated as the first "Woman of the Year" by the United Service Organizations of New York for her qualities as "an actress, an executive, humanitarian" (1965).

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