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Hollywood Heavyweight – Joan Crawford!

Joan Crawford (March 23, ca. 1904 – May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, in San Antonio, Texas.

Lucille LeSueur’s parents separated before she was born. By age 16 she had three different stepfathers, one of whom (a vaudeville theater manager) had given her the name Billie Cassin. By 1915 she, her brother Hal and their mother lived in Kansas City, and Billie worked in a laundry with her mother and also as a menial to pay school tuition. Winning an amateur dance contest in 1923 led to chorus work in Chicago, Detroit and New York. On New Year’s Day of 1925 she left for Hollywood. Before her second picture, a Photoplay contest led to the name Joan Crawford. With Our Dancing Daughters (1928) she became a star. She had a string of successes playing socialites or rags-to-riches shop girls, most notably as Crystal Allen in The Women (1939). She stayed with MGM for 18 years, signing with Warners in 1943. Mildred Pierce (1945) was a defining role and won her an Oscar.  All of these movies I have seen and are definitely some of her best work!! I’m a huge fan of Joan’s early work and look so I hope you enjoy this little collection. 🙂

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Joan Crawford…Need I say more?

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford is one of my favorite actresses of all time.  She has played many different types of roles but always sucks you into her character.  If you were supposed to love her, you did, if you were supposed to hate her and cringe at her catty ways, you did.  I was going to try and pick my favorite Joan Crawford movie but I just couldn’t.  I love early Joan and her barely there eyebrows.  There is something about early cinema that give me chills and I watch in nostalgic awe the fashions and mind states of the characters involved.  To list a few of early Joan Crawford movies I think should be on everyone’s cinema bucket list I would have to say the following in no particular order as I can’t chose which I like more!

Rain (1932)

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

Grand Hotel (1932)

The Women (1939) an absolute must if you are going through a breakup.

Mildred Pierce (1945)

and of course Whatever happened to Baby Jane (1962)

All can be found on the IMDB link provided.  She stared in plenty of other movies and my Joan journey still continues, feel free to suggest your own Joan favorite!