Joan Crawford

23 Mar 1905 - 10 May 1977

Actor

Born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, but christened Joan Crawford by Hollywood, she exemplified the 1920s carefree "flapper" era to a 'T'. Her beauty and vivacity catapulted her to stardom in the late 1920s in the hugely popular silent classic "Our Dancing Daughters". Ever since that point, the resilient actress with the ever expressive eyes, the famous overpainted lips and the will of steel created for herself one of the most legendary and enduring Hollywood personae of all time. Receiving 3 best actress oscar nominations throughout her long career and winning once for the 1945 classic noir "Mildred Pierce", joan seemed to personify the ideal american woman of every decade, from the uprorious 1920s right up until her death as a semireclusive corporate widow on may 10th, 1977. Her 5th and last marriage was to Pepsi Cola chairman Alfred Steele, who died in 1959. She was described by some as "the face" owing to her classically beautiful features and even the great Hollywood studio photographer George Hurrell dubbed her "camera proof" as she photographed perfectly from every angle. She also won a British BAFTA award for the 1957 movie "The Story of Esther Costelllo." She's best remembered for classic roles in "Our Dancing Daughters," "Grand Hotel," "The Women," "Mildred Pierce," "Humoresque," "Possessed," "Harriet Craig," "Sudden Fear" and the 1962 horror classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane??" Her film career spanned nearly 50 years.

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Filmography (57 titles)

(movie, 1982)
···Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Role: Actor (as (in "Humoresque") (archive footage))
(movie, 1968)
···Journey to Midnight
Genre: Horror
Role: Actor (as Hostess)
(movie, 1967)
···Berserk
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Monica Rivers)
(movie, 1967)
···The Karate Killers
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Amanda True)
(movie, 1964)
···Strait-Jacket
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lucy Harbin)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Blanche Hudson)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Blanche Hudson)
(movie, 1957)
···The Story of Esther Costello
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Margaret Landi)
(movie, 1955)
···Female on the Beach
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lynn Markham)
(movie, 1955)
···Queen Bee
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Eva Phillips)
(movie, 1954)
···Johnny Guitar
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Vienna)
(movie, 1953)
···Torch Song
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jenny Stewart)
(movie, 1952)
···Sudden Fear
Genre: Film-Noir, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Myra Hudson)
(movie, 1952)
···This Woman Is Dangerous
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Elizabeth 'Beth' Austin)
(movie, 1951)
···Goodbye, My Fancy
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Agatha Reed)
(movie, 1950)
···Harriet Craig
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harriet Craig)
(movie, 1950)
···The Damned Don't Cry
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ethel Whitehead · Loran Hansen Forbes)
(movie, 1949)
···Flamingo Road
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lane Bellamy)
(movie, 1947)
···Daisy Kenyon
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Daisy Kenyon)
(movie, 1947)
···Possessed
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Louise Howell)
(movie, 1946)
···Humoresque
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Helen Wright)
(movie, 1945)
···Mildred Pierce
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mildred Pierce)
(movie, 1943)
···Above Suspicion
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Frances Myles)
(movie, 1942)
···Reunion in France
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Michele de la Becque)
(movie, 1942)
···They All Kissed the Bride
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Margaret J. 'M.J.' Drew)
(movie, 1941)
···A Woman's Face
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Anna Holm)
(movie, 1941)
···When Ladies Meet
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mary 'Minnie' Howard)
(movie, 1940)
···Strange Cargo
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Julie)
(movie, 1940)
···Susan and God
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Susan)
(movie, 1939)
···The Ice Follies of 1939
Genre: Drama, Musical
Role: Actor (as Mary McKay)
(movie, 1939)
···The Women
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Crystal Allen)
(movie, 1937)
···Mannequin
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jessie Cassidy)
(movie, 1937)
···The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Fay Cheyney)
(movie, 1936)
···Love on the Run
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sally Parker)
(movie, 1936)
···The Gorgeous Hussy
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Peggy Eaton)
(movie, 1935)
···I Live My Life
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Kay Bentley)
(movie, 1935)
···No More Ladies
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marcia)
(movie, 1934)
···Chained
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Diane Lovering)
(movie, 1934)
···Forsaking All Others
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mary Clay)
(movie, 1934)
···Sadie McKee
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sadie McKee)
(movie, 1933)
···Dancing Lady
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Janie Barlow)
(movie, 1933)
···Today We Live
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Diana)
(movie, 1932)
···Grand Hotel
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Flaemmchen - the Stenographer)
(movie, 1932)
···Letty Lynton
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Letty Lynton)
(movie, 1931)
···Laughing Sinners
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens)
(movie, 1931)
···Possessed
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marian)
(movie, 1931)
···This Modern Age
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Valentine 'Val' Winters)
(movie, 1930)
···Montana Moon
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Western
Role: Actor (as Joan)
(movie, 1930)
···Our Blushing Brides
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jerry)
(movie, 1930)
···Paid
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mary Turner)
(movie, 1929)
···Our Modern Maidens
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Billie)
(movie, 1928)
···Across to Singapore
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Priscilla Crowninshield)
(movie, 1928)
···Our Dancing Daughters
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Diana Medford)
(movie, 1927)
···Spring Fever
Role: Actor (as Allie Monte)
(movie, 1927)
···The Unknown
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nanon)
(movie, 1927)
···Twelve Miles Out
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jane)
(movie, 1926)
···The Boob
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jane - a Revenue Agent)