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Joan Crawford Question.?
How does being an actress affect Joan Crawford's life? How was her life before and how did it change. What were opportunities that she had? Thanks!
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, the third child of Tennessee-born Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. Her older siblings were Daisy, who died very young, and Hal LeSueur. Thomas LeSueur abandoned the family a few months before Crawford's birth. The family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, where her step-father ran a movie theater. The instability of her family life affected her education and her level of schooling never really progressed beyond the fourth grade. Clearly, she was not privileged and grew up with very little money. She became a dancer and worked very hard to overcome her hardships.
Once she started acting, she was offered very small parts only. She was frustrated over the size and quality of the parts she was given, Crawford embarked on a campaign of self-promotion. As an MGM screenwriter recalled, "No one decided to make Joan Crawford a star. Joan Crawford became a star because Joan Crawford decided to become a star." She began attending dances in the afternoons and evenings at hotels around Hollywood, where she often won dance competitions with her performances of the Charleston and the Black Bottom. iow; Joan Crawford made her own opportunities and didn't have much given to her (if at all). She worked every day at promoting herself and her career. She continued to be driven in her career throughout her entire life.
Starting 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. Crawford's fame rivaled MGM's top stars, 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 and 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 won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960. Following a public appearance in 1974, after which unflattering photographs were published, Crawford withdrew from public life and became more and more reclusive until her death in 1977. 'Whatever happened to baby Jane' was a huge success.
Crawford married four times. Her first three marriages ended in divorce; the last ended with the death of husband. She adopted five children, one of whom was reclaimed by his birth mother. Crawford's relationships with her two older children, Christina and Christopher, were acrimonious. Crawford disinherited the two and, after Crawford's death, Christina wrote a "tell-all" memoir, 'Mommie Dearest', in which she alleged a lifelong pattern of physical and emotional abuse perpetrated by Crawford. She had a difficult childhood and a 4th grade education.. she had to fight for everything she achieved. Biographers and people who knew her say that Joan Crawford was never satisfied with her life or career and was always trying for more. She created her own ops early in life and that didn't change after she had achieved official star-status.
She was voted the tenth greatest female star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute.
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