Joan Crawford bio, Career, filmography, Family, Net Worth, Education and Awards

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Joan Crawford Biography

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay in San Antonio, Texas. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she’d had three stepfathers.

It wasn’t an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs. Joan Crawford  is an American film and television actress counted among the greatest female stars of Hollywood movies.

Raised in a dysfunctional family, her early life was quite chaotic. She could not even focus on her formal education owing to her family problems. Ambitious from a young age, she moved past her difficult childhood to her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies.

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford Age

Lucille Fay was born on March 23, 1904 and died in 1959, she died at the age of 55.

Joan Crawford Career

Under the name Lucille Le Sueur, Crawford began dancing in the choruses of traveling revues, and was spotted dancing in Detroit by producer Jacob J. While appearing in Innocent Eyes, Crawford met a saxophone player named James Welton. The two were allegedly married in 1924 and lived together for several months.

Crawford wanted additional work and approached Loews Theaters publicist Nils Granlund. Granlund secured a position for her with singer Harry Richman’s act and arranged for her to do a screen test which he sent to producer Harry Rapf in Hollywood.

Self Promotion And Early Success

Growing increasingly frustrated over the size and quality of the parts she was given, Crawford embarked on a campaign of self-promotion. Her strategy worked and MGM cast her in the film where she first made an impression on audiences.

In 1926, Crawford was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, along with Mary Astor. Within a few years, she became the romantic female lead to many of MGM’s top male stars, including Ramón Novarro.

She stated that she learned more about acting from watching Chaney work than from anyone else in her career. “It was then”, she said, “I became aware for the first time of the difference between standing in front of a camera, and acting.

Joan Crawford Filmography

Joan Crawford filmography lists the film appearances of American actress Joan Crawford, who starred in numerous motion pictures throughout a lengthy career that spanned nearly five decades.

She made her film debut in Lady of the Night (1925), as a body double for film star Norma Shearer .She appeared in several other films before she made her major breakthrough. Crawford would become a highly popular actress throughout the 1930s, as a leading lady for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

In 1953, Crawford starred in the musical Torch Song, her final film role for MGM. Her next film Johnny Guitar, although not a major hit, is one of Crawford’s most popular films among her fans. Her final film performance was in British science fiction.

Joan Crawford facts

Joan Crawford was one of the most active and glamorous stars in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. Her entire filmography spans a 45-year period from 1925 to 1970 and includes over 70 films, from silent pictures to talkies. Best known for her portrayals of ruthless women, Crawford counted Hollywood’s most memorable actors among her co-stars.

  1. She married four times and divorced three times. Her last husband, Alfred Steele, died in 1959.

Birthday March 23 and Born in 1908.

Joan Crawford Family And Husband

In 1947, after her divorce from Phil Terry, Joan Crawford adopted two baby girls, born one month apart. She called them her twins, although they were not related in any way. Crawford remained single until May when she eloped with Pepsi Cola. The couple lived an extremely lavish lifestyle in New York. When Steele died unexpectedly of a heart attack Crawford was left to pay the bills and to raise her four children.

In addition to her film career, Crawford made 13 television appearances during the last 25 years. These included three appearances on GE Theater and one on Zane Grey Theater between 1954 and 1959. In 1961, she made a second appearance on Zane Grey Theater, and in 1968 she starred with comedienne Lucille Ball on the Lucy Show.

Joan Crawford Net worth

Joan Crawford was an American actress who has a net worth of $8 million.

Joan Crawford Education

After attending a Catholic boarding school, St. Agnes, Lucille moved to the Rockingham Academy as a working student. Life at the academy was harsh; she was physically and emotionally abused by her headmistress.

In 1922, she entered Stephens College, a girls’ school in Columbia, again as a working student. However, she dropped out after a few months.

Joan Crawford Awards 

She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce Beragon in the drama film ‘Mildred Pierce’ (1945).

Crawford was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by John Wayne at the Golden Globes in 1970.