Joan Crawford

Actress / Film Actress / Model (person) / Television Actress / Businesswoman | * 03/23/1905 († 72, 05/10/1977) | San Antonio, Texas (United States of America (USA))
Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; March 23, 190? – May 10, 1977) was an American actress. She started her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway. Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford launched a publicity campaign and built an image as a nationally known flapper by the end of the 1920s. By the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These "rags-to-riches" stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest Paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money. By the end of the 1930s, she was labeled "box office poison". After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Crawford staged a comeback by starring in Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she... ()
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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 film Our Dancing Daughters. Ever since that point, the resilient actress with the ever expressive eyes, the famous over-painted lips and the will of steel created for herself one of the most legendary and enduring Hollywood personae of all time. Receiving three Best Actress Oscar nominations throughout her long career and winning once for 1945's Mildred Pierce, Joan seemed to personify the ideal American woman of every decade, from the uproarious 1920s right up until her death as a semi-reclusive corporate widow on May 10, 1977. Her fourth 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. 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 Costello.Her film career spanning nearly fifty years, she is best remembered for classic performances in Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), The Women (1939), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Harriet Craig (1950), Sudden Fear (1952), and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for Joan Crawford

Academy Award for Best Actress Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 3x Academy Award for Best Actress
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Movies with Joan Crawford as Actress(139)

as Self (archive footage)2017 Bette and Joan
as Self (archive footage)2016 Johnny Guitar: A Feminist Western?
as Self (archive footage)2014 And the Oscar Goes To...
as Self (archive footage)2009 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
as Self (archive footage)2007 Girl 27
as Self (archive footage)2006 42nd Street: From Book to Screen to Stage
as Self (archive footage)2006 Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition
as Self / Flaemmchen (archive footage)2004 Checking Out: Grand Hotel
as Self (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as Self (archive footage)2002 Battle-Axe: the Making of 'Strait-Jacket'
as Self (archive footage)2002 Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star
as Self (archive footage)1997 The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
as Self (archive footage)1996 Joan Crawford: Always the Star
as (archive footage)1995 The Casting Couch
as (archive footage)1994 That's Entertainment! III
as Blanche Hudson (archive footage) (uncredited)1984 Terror in the Aisles
as (archive footage)1984 Going Hollywood: The '30s
as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as Self (archive footage)1982 Oops, Those Hollywood Bloopers!
as (in "Humoresque") (archive footage)1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as Self (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as (archive footage)1974 That's Entertainment!
as Dr. Brockton1970 Trog
as Narrator1969 Garbo
as Miss Menlo1969 Night Gallery
as Monica Rivers1967 Berserk
as Amanda True1967 The Karate Killers
as Joan Crawford (uncredited)1966 The Oscar
as Amy Nelson1965 I Saw What You Did
as (archive footage)1965 The Love Goddesses
as (archive footage)1964 The Big Parade of Comedy
as Della Chappell1964 Della
as Lucy Harbin1964 Strait-Jacket
as Lucretia Terry1963 The Caretakers
as Blanche Hudson1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
as Millicent Fox1961 The Foxes
as Janie Barlow (archive footage) (uncredited)1961 Hollywood: The Selznick Years
as Amanda Farrow1959 The Best of Everything
as Susan Conrad1959 Woman on the Run
as Margaret Landi1957 The Story of Esther Costello
as Millicent Wetherby1956 Autumn Leaves
as Lynn Markham1955 Female on the Beach
as Eva Phillips1955 Queen Bee
as Vienna1954 Johnny Guitar
as Jenny Stewart1953 Torch Song
as Elizabeth Austin1952 This Woman Is Dangerous
as Myra Hudson Blaine1952 Sudden Fear
as Agatha Reed1951 Goodbye, My Fancy
as Ethel Whitehead1950 The Damned Don't Cry
as Harriet Craig1950 Harriet Craig
as Lane Bellamy1949 Flamingo Road
as Joan Crawford (uncredited)1949 It's a Great Feeling
as Helen Wright1947 Humoresque
as Louise Howell1947 Possessed
as Daisy Kenyon1947 Daisy Kenyon
as herself1946 Blow-Ups of 1946
as Mildred Pierce1945 Mildred Pierce
as herself1944 Hollywood Canteen
as Frances Myles1943 Above Suspicion
as Michele de la Becque1942 Reunion in France
as Margaret Johanna 'M.J.' Drew1942 They All Kissed the Bride
as Anna Holm1941 A Woman's Face
as Mary 'Minnie' Howard1941 When Ladies Meet
as Susan Trexel1940 Susan and God
as Julie1940 Strange Cargo
as Crystal Allen1939 The Women
as Mary McKay1939 The Ice Follies of 1939
as Olivia Riley Linden1938 The Shining Hour
as Jessie Cassidy1938 Mannequin
as Anni Pavlovitch1937 The Bride Wore Red
as Self (uncredited)1937 Screen Snapshots: Series 16, No. 12
as Self (archive footage)1937 The Romance of Celluloid
as Mrs. Fay Cheyney1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
as Margaret "Peggy" O'Neal1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
as Sally Parker1936 Love on the Run
as Kay Bentley1935 I Live My Life
as Marcia Townsend Warren1935 No More Ladies
as Sadie McKee1934 Sadie McKee
as Mary Clay1934 Forsaking All Others
as Diane Lovering1934 Chained
as Ivy Stevens (Archive Footage) (Uncredited)1933 Fast Workers
as Diana 'Ann' Boyce-Smith1933 Today We Live
as Janie Barlow1933 Dancing Lady
as Letty Lynton1932 Letty Lynton
as Sadie Thompson1932 Rain
as Flämmchen1932 Grand Hotel
as herself1931 The Stolen Jools
as Bonnie Jordan1931 Dance, Fools, Dance
as Valentine 'Val' Winters1931 This Modern Age
as Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens1931 Laughing Sinners
as Marian Martin aka 'Mrs. Moreland'1931 Possessed
as Geraldine 'Gerry' March1930 Our Blushing Brides
as Mary Turner1930 Paid
as Joan1930 Montana Moon
as Susie1929 The Duke Steps Out
as Alice "Bingo" Dowling1929 Untamed
as Billie Brown1929 Our Modern Maidens
as Diana 'Di' Medford1928 Our Dancing Daughters
as Rose-Marie1928 Rose-Marie
as Betty Dallas1928 The Law of the Range
as Frieda1928 Four Walls
as Priscilla Crowninshield1928 Across to Singapore
as Adrienne Lecouvreur1928 Dream of Love
as Betty Channing1928 West Point
as Self (1929)1928 Fashion News
as Jane1927 Twelve Miles Out
as Allie Monte1927 Spring Fever
as Joselyn Poe1927 The Taxi Dancer
as Monica Dale1927 The Understanding Heart
as René Contrecoeur1927 Winners Of The Wilderness
as Nanon Zanzi1927 The Unknown
as Betty Burton1926 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
as Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)1926 The Merry Widow
as The Girl1926 Paris
as Jane1926 The Boob
as Irene O'Dare1925 Sally, Irene and Mary
as herself1925 1925 Studio Tour
as Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
as Party Guest (uncredited)1925 Proud Flesh
as Party Guest (uncredited)1925 The Only Thing
as Extra - Driver of Police Car (uncredited)1925 The Midshipman
as Bobby1925 Pretty Ladies
as Mannequin (uncredited)1925 A Slave of Fashion
as Mary Riley1925 Old Clothes
as Young Lady Catherine1925 The Circle
as Molly1925 Lady of the Night

TV Shows/Series with Joan Crawford as Actress(18)

as Joan Fairchild1972 The Sixth Sense
as herself1971 Great Performances
as Miss Claudia Menlo1970 Night Gallery
as Committee Member (uncredited)1968 The Name of the Game
as Amanda True1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
as herself1962 The Merv Griffin Show
as herself1962 The Lucy Show
as Morgan Harper1960 Route 66
as Stella Faring1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre
as Sarah / Melanie Davidson Hobbs1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre
as Joan Borman Kane1954 The Secret Storm
as Ann Howard1953 GE Theater
as Ruth Marshall1953 GE Theater
as Mary Andrews1953 GE Theater
as Self - Mystery Guest1950 What's My Line?
as Self (archive footage)1948 The Ed Sullivan Show

Movies with Joan Crawford as Crew(2)

Production/Producer1964 Della
Production/Producer1959 Woman on the Run

Additional Information

Full Name: Joan Lucille Fay LeSueur
Born: Thursday, 03/23 1905 (March) in San Antonio, Texas (United States of America (USA))
Died: Tuesday, 05/10 1977 (May) in New York City (aged: 72)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Employer: Warner Bros.
Spouses (current/former): Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Franchot Tone, Phillip Terry, Alfred Steele
Siblings: Hal LeSueur
Father: Thomas Le Sueur
Mother: Anna Johnson
Other names for Joan Crawford (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Lucille Fay LeSueur"
"Lucille Le Sueur"
"Billie Cassin"
"Джоан Кроуфорд"
Joan Crawford frequently works together with these people:
Cedric Gibbons (47x, Crew)
Adrian (36x, Crew)
Douglas Shearer (30x, Crew)
Clark Gable (29x, Actor)
Norma Shearer (20x, Actress)
Myrna Loy (17x, Actress)
Bette Davis (16x, Actress)
Greta Garbo (16x, Actress)
Jean Harlow (16x, Actress)
Cary Grant (14x, Actor)
Eddie Albert (14x, Actor)
Oliver T. Marsh (14x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:26847, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 02/02/2024