History Creator / JoanCrawford

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** With virtually everyone under contract to MGM in ''Film/TheHollywoodRevueOf1929''.
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* ''Film/TheHollywoodRevueOf1929'' (1929) (she sings a song!)
28th May '16 3:48:08 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Johnny Guitar'' (1954)

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* ''Johnny Guitar'' ''Film/JohnnyGuitar'' (1954)
14th Mar '16 11:02:45 AM JamesAustin
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* ActorAllusion: In ''Rain'', Joan's character, Sadie Thompson, says that she's from Kansas (the same place Crawford was born).

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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] In ''Rain'', Joan's character, Sadie Thompson, says that she's from Kansas (the same place Crawford was born).



* AllStarCast: Several times.

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* AllStarCast: Several times. [[invoked]]



* CreatorBacklash: Hated the name 'Crawford', thinking it sounded too much like 'crawfish'.
* DawsonCasting: Quite possibly the most extreme case of this trope. In 1968 in the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'', the 64-year old Crawford played the role of a ''28-year old'' (a role that was originally intended for her daughter).

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* CreatorBacklash: [[invoked]] Hated the name 'Crawford', thinking it sounded too much like 'crawfish'.
* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] Quite possibly the most extreme case of this trope. In 1968 in the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'', the 64-year old Crawford played the role of a ''28-year old'' (a role that was originally intended for her daughter).



* MissingEpisode: Several of Crawford's early works, including several silent films from the mid-20's, are considered lost.
* MoneyDearBoy:

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* MissingEpisode: [[invoked]] Several of Crawford's early works, including several silent films from the mid-20's, are considered lost.
* MoneyDearBoy:MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]]



* OldShame:

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* OldShame:OldShame: [[invoked]]



* PlayingAgainstType: As a facially-disfigured woman who turns to blackmail in ''A Woman's Face''.

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* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] As a facially-disfigured woman who turns to blackmail in ''A Woman's Face''.



* RetroactiveRecognition: She showed up as an extra in the original ''Film/BenHur'' in 1925, years before she became famous.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: [[invoked]] She showed up as an extra in the original ''Film/BenHur'' in 1925, years before she became famous.



* StarMakingRole: ''Film/OurDancingDaughters'', which proved that Crawford could make the jump from silent films to "talkies".
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Crawford started to act like this towards the end of her career. After ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'', she starred in a string of B-horror films that included ''Strait Jacket'' (playing a psycho ex-wife), ''Film/{{Berserk}}'' (as a circus ring-mistress accused of murder), TV anthology shows, and her final film ''Film/{{Trog}}'', which had Crawford playing a researcher who discovers a man (running around in a ratty ape suit) that's supposed to be the missing link between man and ape - reportedly, she only did this final film as a favor to a director friend. However, she still acts as though she's doing ''Literature/MildredPierce'' or ''Theatre/TheWomen'', and indeed, eyewitnesses remember her promoting ''Trog'' as a piece exploring humanity towards nature. She would later admit how awful her horror films were.

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* StarMakingRole: [[invoked]] ''Film/OurDancingDaughters'', which proved that Crawford could make the jump from silent films to "talkies".
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: [[invoked]] Crawford started to act like this towards the end of her career. After ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'', she starred in a string of B-horror films that included ''Strait Jacket'' (playing a psycho ex-wife), ''Film/{{Berserk}}'' (as a circus ring-mistress accused of murder), TV anthology shows, and her final film ''Film/{{Trog}}'', which had Crawford playing a researcher who discovers a man (running around in a ratty ape suit) that's supposed to be the missing link between man and ape - reportedly, she only did this final film as a favor to a director friend. However, she still acts as though she's doing ''Literature/MildredPierce'' or ''Theatre/TheWomen'', and indeed, eyewitnesses remember her promoting ''Trog'' as a piece exploring humanity towards nature. She would later admit how awful her horror films were.



* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Rumors have persisted for decades that Crawford starred in a porn film when she was a young woman, and that MGM obtained the master copies of the films and burned them to prevent anything from leaking out. At the time, she was feuding with MGM over her salary, and someone tried to extort money by claiming they had a film of her - which MGM viewed and said was not her. It has also been rumored that she took part in a "peepshow" vignette (where she danced naked) in 1923 to earn enough money to pay for a trip to Chicago - several near-topless photographs of her exist from this time period.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:

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* UrbanLegendOfZelda: [[invoked]] Rumors have persisted for decades that Crawford starred in a porn film when she was a young woman, and that MGM obtained the master copies of the films and burned them to prevent anything from leaking out. At the time, she was feuding with MGM over her salary, and someone tried to extort money by claiming they had a film of her - which MGM viewed and said was not her. It has also been rumored that she took part in a "peepshow" vignette (where she danced naked) in 1923 to earn enough money to pay for a trip to Chicago - several near-topless photographs of her exist from this time period.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
14th Mar '16 10:58:48 AM JamesAustin
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Joan Crawford was an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning American film and television actress who rose to stardom during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, and was best known for her commanding box office presence and sordid love life.

Crawford was born Lucille [=LeSueur=] in 1905 in San Antonio, Texas, and worked to overcome her upbringing in a broken home (where her mother constantly remarried and she never met her birth father). At the age of 12, she enrolled in Rockingham Academy in Kansas City, and claimed she was beaten by a headmaster who made her work more than study. As a young adult, [=LeSueur=] began performing in dance contests and chorus lines, and was approached by a producer in Detroit who gave her more work in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, which eventually led to her getting the chance to screentest for a role with an [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] film. Subsequently, [=LeSueur=] was given a contract to work for MGM, and arrived in California in 1925.

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Joan Crawford (March 23, 1904 May 10, 1977) was an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning American film and television actress who rose to stardom during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, and was best known for her commanding box office presence and sordid love life.

Crawford was born Lucille [=LeSueur=] in 1905 1904 in San Antonio, Texas, and worked to overcome her upbringing in a broken home (where her mother constantly remarried and she never met her birth father). At the age of 12, she enrolled in Rockingham Academy in Kansas City, and claimed she was beaten by a headmaster who made her work more than study. As a young adult, [=LeSueur=] began performing in dance contests and chorus lines, and was approached by a producer in Detroit who gave her more work in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, which eventually led to her getting the chance to screentest for a role with an [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] film. Subsequently, [=LeSueur=] was given a contract to work for MGM, and arrived in California in 1925.



* BerserkButton: She not only had a legendary temper (as evidenced in the film of ''Mommie Dearest''), but blew up at young starlets who told her (when she was older) that she was their mother's favorite actress.



* CelebrityEndorsement: Crawford's final marriage was to Alfred Steele, the former chairman of Pepsi Co., and she accepted an offer to become the director of the board upon his death in 1959. This led to an early form of the Cola Wars when (after Crawford appeared in many advertisements endorsing the beverage), Creator/BetteDavis started to support Coke - and would constantly rag on Crawford for her association with a rival brand.
* CoolOldLady: Crawford's fanbase considered her to be this - she would spend her weekends personally responding to every piece of fanmail she received. She also kept the lights in her limousine on so she could wave to passersby on the street. It has also been rumored that she allowed two female fans to watch over her (as she was in failing health) in the months leading up to her death. ''That'' is dedication.
* {{Determinator}}: After she got a piece of glass lodged in her foot and removed as a child, and was told she would never be able to dance again, Crawford spent months training herself back up and fulfilled her dream of becoming a dancer.

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* CelebrityEndorsement: Crawford's final marriage was to Alfred Steele, the former chairman of Pepsi Co., and she accepted an offer to become the director of the board upon his death in 1959. This led to an early form of the Cola Wars when (after when, after Crawford appeared in many advertisements endorsing the beverage), beverage, Creator/BetteDavis started to support Coke - and would constantly rag on Crawford for her association with a rival brand.
* CoolOldLady: Crawford's fanbase considered her to be CreatorBacklash: Hated the name 'Crawford', thinking it sounded too much like 'crawfish'.
* DawsonCasting: Quite possibly the most extreme case of
this - she would spend her weekends personally responding to every piece of fanmail she received. She also kept the lights in her limousine on so she could wave to passersby on the street. It has also been rumored that she allowed two female fans to watch over her (as she was in failing health) trope. In 1968 in the months leading up to her death. ''That'' is dedication.
* {{Determinator}}: After she got a piece of glass lodged in her foot and removed as a child, and was told she would never be able to dance again,
soap opera ''The Secret Storm'', the 64-year old Crawford spent months training herself back up and fulfilled played the role of a ''28-year old'' (a role that was originally intended for her dream of becoming a dancer.daughter).



* FamousLastWords: "Dammit... don't you dare ask God to help me."



* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: Crawford starred in a "peepshow" vignette in 1923 to pay for a trip to Chicago. The footage ended up coming back to bite her when she got famous.
* {{Irony}}: The only Oscar she won - for ''Film/MildredPierce'' - she didn't accept in person. Later on she accepted an Oscar in place of Ann Bankroft.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: In ''MildredPierce'' she plays a mother who is abused and manipulated by her eldest daughter. Doubles as HilariousInHindsight with the knowledge of ''Mommie Dearest''.
** Also, Crawford once said FayeDunaway should portray her if there was ever a movie about her life. Indeed she goes on to - In Mommie Dearest.
* LargeHam: She was reportedly one in real life. Some sources describe her speaking as if she were reading her lines in a film.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: According to many accounts, Crawford seduced scores of men and never stayed tied down to one person because of her upbringing.
* LoveDodecahedron: Crawford to Clark Gable and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Tallulah Bankhead to Fairbanks and Crawford.



* MoneyDearBoy:
** Especially in her later films, which were a far cry from the days when she earned thousands per week as an in-demand actress.
---> ''They were all terrible, even the few I thought might be good. I made them because I needed the money or because I was bored or both. I hope they have been exhibited and withdrawn and are never heard from again.''
** Crawford referred to her experience working on ''This Woman Is Dangerous'' regarding this:
---> ''I must have been awfully hungry. The kids were in school (and) the house had a mortgage. And so I did this awful picture that had a shoddy story, a cliche script and no direction to speak of...I suppose I could have made it better, but it was one of those times when I was so disgusted with everything that I just shrugged and went along with it.''
* OldShame:
** She also thought ''Trog'' (the last film she starred in) was a complete piece of shit:
---> ''If I weren't a Christian Scientist, and I saw ''Trog'' advertised on a marquee across the street, I think I'd contemplate suicide.''
** She also apologized to her fans for the film ''Rain'', which was critically panned at the time.



* PluckyGirl
* ProductPlacement: Of Pepsi products, beginning with ''The Story of Esther Costello'' in 1957.
* TheRival: Creator/BetteDavis.
* ReallyGetsAround: Officially, she had four husbands. Unofficially, she married at least one other man, carried on a relationship with Clark Gable for several years (even when she was married), [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1355813/Joan-Crawford-used-body-control-stars-directors-advance-career.html seduced practically every director and leading man she ever starred with]], and even had flings with several major starlets as well. How much of this was truth or fiction is unknown.
* ReclusiveArtist: After the failure of ''Trog!'', Crawford reportedly turned to alcohol and didn't venture out much for the last seven years of her life.

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PlayingAgainstType: As a facially-disfigured woman who turns to blackmail in ''A Woman's Face''.
* ProductPlacement: Of Pepsi products, After she got a seat on the board of directors for Pepsi, she ensured that product placement of it would show up in all her films, beginning with ''The Story of Esther Costello'' in 1957.
* TheRival: Creator/BetteDavis.
* ReallyGetsAround: Officially, she had four husbands. Unofficially, she married at least one other man, carried on a relationship with Clark Gable for several
RetroactiveRecognition: She showed up as an extra in the original ''Film/BenHur'' in 1925, years (even when before she was married), [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1355813/Joan-Crawford-used-body-control-stars-directors-advance-career.html seduced practically every director and leading man she ever starred with]], and even had flings with several major starlets as well. How much of this was truth or fiction is unknown.
* ReclusiveArtist: After the failure of ''Trog!'', Crawford reportedly turned to alcohol and didn't venture out much for the last seven years of her life.
became famous.



* UnlimitedWardrobe: Reportedly if a friend ever asked to borrow an item of clothing, Joan would go into her vast wardrobe to find exactly the right one for her. Likewise her dressing room in MGM was impressively large - and others compared it to a studio's wardrobe department.

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* SheAlsoDid:
** She also served as the model for a few early Disney shorts, when Walt was experimenting with animation.
** She was also responsible for the "It's A Small World" ride at Disneyland. She approached Walt at the 1964 World Fair with the idea of creating a ride dedicated to the children of the world. Two years later the ride opened in the park, with Crawford in attendance.
* StarMakingRole: ''Film/OurDancingDaughters'', which proved that Crawford could make the jump from silent films to "talkies".
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Crawford started to act like this towards the end of her career. After ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'', she starred in a string of B-horror films that included ''Strait Jacket'' (playing a psycho ex-wife), ''Film/{{Berserk}}'' (as a circus ring-mistress accused of murder), TV anthology shows, and her final film ''Film/{{Trog}}'', which had Crawford playing a researcher who discovers a man (running around in a ratty ape suit) that's supposed to be the missing link between man and ape - reportedly, she only did this final film as a favor to a director friend. However, she still acts as though she's doing ''Literature/MildredPierce'' or ''Theatre/TheWomen'', and indeed, eyewitnesses remember her promoting ''Trog'' as a piece exploring humanity towards nature. She would later admit how awful her horror films were.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Reportedly She wore several dresses in her MGM films, and her dressing room in MGM was impressively large, with others comparing it to a studio's wardrobe department, to the point that it was reported that if a friend ever asked to borrow an item of clothing, Joan would go into her vast wardrobe to find exactly the right one for her.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Rumors have persisted for decades that Crawford starred in a porn film when she was a young woman, and that MGM obtained the master copies of the films and burned them to prevent anything from leaking out. At the time, she was feuding with MGM over her salary, and someone tried to extort money by claiming they had a film of her - which MGM viewed and said was not
her. Likewise It has also been rumored that she took part in a "peepshow" vignette (where she danced naked) in 1923 to earn enough money to pay for a trip to Chicago - several near-topless photographs of her dressing room in MGM exist from this time period.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Crawford
was impressively large - and others compared it intended to star in a studio's wardrobe department. [[UnbuiltTrope reality show/anthology]] called ''The Joan Crawford Show'', but none of the networks she approached were interesting in pursuing the idea.
** She was originally set to be the lead in ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'', but was canned by the studio after she demanded on having her costumes be designed by a certain tailor. The role went to Creator/DeborahKerr instead.






* Played by Barrie Youngfellow in the 1980 film ''The Scarlett O'Hara War'', about the making of 'Film/GoneWithTheWind''.

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* Played by Barrie Youngfellow in the 1980 film ''The Scarlett O'Hara War'', about the making of 'Film/GoneWithTheWind''.''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
13th Mar '16 9:16:03 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** With Creator/BetteDavis, Robert Hutton, Jack Carson and almost every other Creator/WarnerBros star of the 40's in ''Hollywood Canteen''.

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** With Creator/BetteDavis, Robert Hutton, Jack Carson and almost every other Creator/WarnerBros star of the 40's '40s in ''Hollywood Canteen''.



** In ''Hollywood Canteen'', a story about two soldiers on sick leave who visit a local canteen featuring lots of celebrities.
** In ''The Stolen Jools'', when a pair of detectives looking for a set of stolen jewels visit her for information.

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** In ''Hollywood Canteen'', Canteen,'' a story about two soldiers on sick leave who visit a local canteen featuring lots of celebrities.
** In ''The Stolen Jools'', Jools,'' when a pair of detectives looking for a set of stolen jewels visit her for information.



* CanadaEh: The 1928 film adaptation of ''Rose-Marie'', where she plays a French-Canadian woman who moves to the Rockies and falls in love with a miner... and yes, it has all the stereotypes you'd expect from a play of this era.

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* CanadaEh: The 1928 film adaptation of ''Rose-Marie'', ''Rose-Marie,'' where she plays a French-Canadian woman who moves to the Rockies and falls in love with a miner... miner...and yes, it has all the stereotypes you'd expect from a play of this era.
30th Jan '16 8:22:59 PM jamespolk
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From that point on, she appeared in a number of silent films over the next three years. At the same time, MGM held a contest to select a new StageName for her - the winning entry was Joan Crawford. Newly rechristened, Crawford garnered larger and larger roles until her [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] as Diana Medford in the 1928 'talkie' ''Film/OurDancingDaughters''. From that point on, Crawford went on to become a superstar, and was known for her [[TheFlapper flapperesque]] personality traits (later transitioning into a sophisticated persona) and commanding screen presence.

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From that point on, she appeared in a number of silent films over the next three years. At the same time, MGM held a contest to select a new StageName for her - the winning entry was Joan Crawford. Newly rechristened, Crawford garnered larger and larger roles until her [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] as Diana Medford in the 1928 'talkie' film ''Film/OurDancingDaughters''. From that point on, Crawford went on to become a superstar, and was known for her [[TheFlapper flapperesque]] personality traits (later transitioning into a sophisticated persona) and commanding screen presence.
28th Dec '15 11:48:06 AM fearlessnikki
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* {{Irony}}: The only Oscar she won - for ''Film/MildredPierce'' - she didn't accept in person. Later on she accepted an Oscar in place of Ann Bankroft.


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* LargeHam: She was reportedly one in real life. Some sources describe her speaking as if she were reading her lines in a film.


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* UnlimitedWardrobe: Reportedly if a friend ever asked to borrow an item of clothing, Joan would go into her vast wardrobe to find exactly the right one for her. Likewise her dressing room in MGM was impressively large - and others compared it to a studio's wardrobe department.
20th May '15 4:04:15 PM nombretomado
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Joan Crawford was an AcademyAward-winning American film and television actress who rose to stardom during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, and was best known for her commanding box office presence and sordid love life.

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Joan Crawford was an AcademyAward-winning UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning American film and television actress who rose to stardom during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, and was best known for her commanding box office presence and sordid love life.
8th Apr '15 6:47:54 PM gallium
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* ''[[Film/SadieThompson Rain]]'' (1932)
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