Joan Crawford

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Lucille Fay LeSueur, a.k.a. Joan Crawford, was born on 23 rd March 1904 in Texas. Her parents separated even before she was born, and her mother went on to met a number of men, the third of which gave Lucille the new name of Billie Cassin. When she was eleven Joan, or Billie as she was known then, worked at a launderette in Kansas to pay school fees.

Things bean to change after she won a dance competition in 1923, which led to small stage jobs in New York, Detroit and Chicago. She headed for Hollywood in 1925, and a contest led to her name change once again, when she became Joan Crawford. Her first movie ‘Our Dancing Daughters’ catapulted her to stardom, and she went on to make movies with MGM for nearly two decades, which included hits such as the 1939 classic ‘The Woman’. She then moved on to sign with Warner and made another string of successful movies, such as ‘Mildred Pierce’ and ‘Whatever happened to Baby Jane?’.

Crawford married the chairman of Pepsi Cola, but he passed away after a heart attach in 1959. In 1974, Joan retired in shock after seeing a photo of herself, and she began to rely on religion and vodka for help. She had four children, but after she passed away she left them very little considering the size of her estate; in fact, two of the four children were left nothing at all. Joan died from cancer in New York on 10 th May 1977.

 

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