History Creator / JoanCrawford

13th Dec '16 2:15:25 AM Xtifr
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'''Joan Crawford''', born as Lucille [=LeSueur=] (March 23, c.1904 [[note]]Historians debate on the year of her birth, down to having every possible year between 1903 and 1908 being written into history books. Considering Hollywood studios enjoyed changing the ages of their stars for more audience appeal (on top of her birth records becoming lost over the years), fans (and gossip magazines) at the time claiming she was born in 1906 were possibly wrong, too.[[/note]] -- 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.

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'''Joan Crawford''', Joan Crawford, born as Lucille [=LeSueur=] (March 23, c.1904 [[note]]Historians debate on the year of her birth, down to having every possible year between 1903 and 1908 being written into history books. Considering Hollywood studios enjoyed changing the ages of their stars for more audience appeal (on top of her birth records becoming lost over the years), fans (and gossip magazines) at the time claiming she was born in 1906 were possibly wrong, too.[[/note]] -- 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.
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** With Clark Gable in about three films, leading to them briefly dating.

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** With Clark Gable in about three eight films, leading to them briefly dating.
13th Nov '16 1:47:06 AM Kitchen90
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* TheTease: In her flapper acting days, her characters were definitely this. With the use of DoubleEntendre and mischievous gazes at others, Joan had fun leading men into hilarious flirtatious scenes. In one scene in the silent movie ''Our Dancing Daughters'', her character says to a man named Ben that her (supposed) InnocentBlueEyes are yearning for something from him... [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch one of his cigarettes]],]] to his dismay. Joan can't hide her smug grin as she puts one into her mouth.

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* TheTease: In her flapper acting days, her characters were definitely this. With the use of DoubleEntendre and mischievous gazes at others, Joan had fun leading men into hilarious flirtatious scenes. In one scene in the silent movie ''Our Dancing Daughters'', her character Diana says to a man named Ben that her (supposed) InnocentBlueEyes are yearning for something from him... [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch one of his cigarettes]],]] to his dismay. Joan Diana can't hide her smug grin as she puts one into her mouth.
13th Nov '16 1:43:07 AM Kitchen90
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* TheTease: In her flapper acting days, her characters were definitely this. With the use of DoubleEntendre and mischievous gazes at others, Joan had fun leading men into hilarious flirtatious scenes. In one scene in the silent movie ''Our Dancing Daughters'', her character says to man named Ben that her (supposed) InnocentBlueEyes are yearning for something from him... [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch one of his cigarettes]],]] to his dismay. Joan can't hide her smug grin as she puts one into her mouth.

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* TheTease: In her flapper acting days, her characters were definitely this. With the use of DoubleEntendre and mischievous gazes at others, Joan had fun leading men into hilarious flirtatious scenes. In one scene in the silent movie ''Our Dancing Daughters'', her character says to a man named Ben that her (supposed) InnocentBlueEyes are yearning for something from him... [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch one of his cigarettes]],]] to his dismay. Joan can't hide her smug grin as she puts one into her mouth.
13th Nov '16 1:40:12 AM Kitchen90
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* AdamWesting: In ''It's A Great Feeling'', Joan plays a character who makes a point of repeatedly slapping the main characters - the same thing she does in most of her films from the 40's and 50's.

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* AdamWesting: In ''It's A Great Feeling'', Joan plays a character who makes a point of repeatedly slapping the main characters - the same thing she does in most of her films from the 40's 1940s and 50's.1950s.



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

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** With Creator/BetteDavis, Robert Hutton, Jack Carson and almost every other Creator/WarnerBros star of the '40s 1940s in ''Hollywood Canteen''.



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

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* MissingEpisode: [[invoked]] Several of Crawford's early works, including several silent films from the mid-20's, mid-1920s, are considered lost.


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* TheTease: In her flapper acting days, her characters were definitely this. With the use of DoubleEntendre and mischievous gazes at others, Joan had fun leading men into hilarious flirtatious scenes. In one scene in the silent movie ''Our Dancing Daughters'', her character says to man named Ben that her (supposed) InnocentBlueEyes are yearning for something from him... [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch one of his cigarettes]],]] to his dismay. Joan can't hide her smug grin as she puts one into her mouth.
12th Nov '16 10:10:41 AM Kitchen90
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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 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.

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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 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.


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* TheDandy: Was known in Hollywood for arguing with directors over how her characters dressed. Joan always wanted to look her best, but roles like Blanche in ''What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'' had a script demanding that the character was troubled and poorly-dressed. In a TV interview, Joan claimed that when she showed Michael Curtiz a costume that someone designed (under her supervision) for ''Mildred Pierce'', Curtiz ripped it off her body in anger.
12th Nov '16 9:51:51 AM Kitchen90
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* MsFanservice: Judging by many films roles in which Joan's characters were in their underwear or a swimsuit, then definitely.



* ReunionRevenge: In her school years, Crawford was bullied by lots of children, from her looks to her ambitions of being famous. When a few of her former peers wrote fanmail to her when she was appearing in blockbuster movies, she threw away the letters without opening them.



* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: In her early years of her film career, Joan reportedly said that film actors shouldn't date unless they've appeared with each other in at least three films. Employees at MGM were quick to point out that she'd broken her rules after she started to date Clark Gable (they had made two movies together at this point), and she replied wryly that she had to eat her words.

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** It surprised many people when Davis was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to deny the rumours of Crawford abusing her children.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: In her early years of her film career, Joan reportedly said that film actors shouldn't date unless they've appeared with each other in at least three films. Employees at MGM were quick to point out that she'd broken her rules contradicted herself after she started to date Clark Gable (they had made two movies together at this point), and she replied wryly that she had to eat enjoyed eating her words.


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* SuperOCD: Suffered from this throughout her adult life. She would clean her house after visitors had left, refuse to take a cigarette from someone else's packet, and showered because she didn't like the idea of using a bathtub until the dirt floated in the water. When a plumber had worked on her bathroom and used her toilet before leaving, she had the bathroom remade.
12th Nov '16 9:24:45 AM Kitchen90
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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).

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



** With Creator/LaurelAndHardy, Creator/BusterKeaton and many others in ''The Stolen Jools'', a short film which raised money for National Variety Artists' tuberculosis sanatarium.

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** With Creator/LaurelAndHardy, Creator/BusterKeaton and many others in ''The Stolen Jools'', a short film which raised money for National Variety Artists' tuberculosis sanatarium.sanitarium.



* [[AsHimself As Herself]]:
** 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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* [[AsHimself As Herself]]:
AsHerself:
** 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.



* OneOfTheBoys: Movie studios were amazed at how Crawford casually swore and shamelessly told dirty jokes, because they were used to Californian women, who were usually reserved and "sophisticated".



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

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* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] [[invoked]]
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As a facially-disfigured woman who turns to blackmail in ''A Woman's Face''.Face''.
** A mild version with Mildred in ''Mildred Pierce''. Despite the gradual independence of the character, she became one in order to please her ungrateful eldest daughter.



* RetroactiveRecognition: [[invoked]] 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'' movie in 1925, years before she became famous.



* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: In her early years of her film career, Joan reportedly said that film actors shouldn't date unless they've appeared with each other in at least three films. Employees at MGM were quick to point out that she'd broken her rules after she started to date Clark Gable (they hadmade two movies together at this point), and she replied wryly that she had to eat her words.

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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: In her early years of her film career, Joan reportedly said that film actors shouldn't date unless they've appeared with each other in at least three films. Employees at MGM were quick to point out that she'd broken her rules after she started to date Clark Gable (they hadmade had made two movies together at this point), and she replied wryly that she had to eat her words.



* WhiteDwarfStarlet: As Crawford got older, she parlayed her talents into increasingly ridiculous productions in order to regain some measure of stardom. Notably, she starred in a production intended for her adopted daughter (who was a good thirty years younger than her) in a bid to get her name back in the spotlight. In ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' she played a subversion - Blanche Hudson had to retire from films due to the injury that crippled her but has apparently made her peace with not being famous. Though she's still happy that she's gotten a resurge in popularity now that all her old films are being shown on television.

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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: As Crawford got older, she parlayed her talents into increasingly ridiculous productions in order to regain some measure of stardom. Notably, she starred in a production intended for her adopted daughter (who was a good thirty years younger than her) in a bid to get her name back in the spotlight. spotlight.
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In ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' she played portrayed a subversion - Blanche Hudson with Blanche, who had to retire from films due to the injury that crippled her but has apparently made her peace with not being famous. Though she's still happy that she's gotten a resurge re-surge in popularity now that all her old films are being shown on television.

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* YouAreTheNewTrend: Crawford was notorious for wearing costumes in movies that began fashion trends or became SmallReferencePools for iconic clothing of the decade.
** One dress she wore in a film became a high demand across the clothing stores in the US (to the point of the dress having to be remade hundreds of times to sell to the public).
** Joan was allegedly mocked in her youth for having big "unattractive" lips, but the large layer of lipstick she wore in her films became nicknamed "The Smear", which many women tried to imitate.
** The [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulder pad look]] from ''Mildred Pierce'' was said to have began the shoulder pad look in women's clothing, despite director Michael Curtiz loathing the look for going against his image of the character. Also, Mildred's high heel shoes became popular too, being the first shoes to be nicknamed "fuck me" heels.
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12th Nov '16 8:31:49 AM Kitchen90
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'''Joan Crawford''', born as Lucille [=LeSueur=] (March 23, c.1904 [[note:]]Historians debate on the year of her birth, down to having every possible year between 1903 and 1908 being written into history books. Considering Hollywood studios enjoyed changing the ages of their stars for more audience appeal (on top of her birth records becoming lost over the years), fans (and gossip magazines) at the time claiming she was born in 1906 were possibly wrong, too.[[/note]] -- 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.

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'''Joan Crawford''', born as Lucille [=LeSueur=] (March 23, c.1904 [[note:]]Historians [[note]]Historians debate on the year of her birth, down to having every possible year between 1903 and 1908 being written into history books. Considering Hollywood studios enjoyed changing the ages of their stars for more audience appeal (on top of her birth records becoming lost over the years), fans (and gossip magazines) at the time claiming she was born in 1906 were possibly wrong, too.[[/note]] -- 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.
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'''Joan Crawford''', born as Lucille [=LeSueur=] (March 23, c. 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.

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'''Joan Crawford''', born as Lucille [=LeSueur=] (March 23, c. 1904 [[note:]]Historians debate on the year of her birth, down to having every possible year between 1903 and 1908 being written into history books. Considering Hollywood studios enjoyed changing the ages of their stars for more audience appeal (on top of her birth records becoming lost over the years), fans (and gossip magazines) at the time claiming she was born in 1906 were possibly wrong, too.[[/note]] -- 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.



* CreatorBacklash: [[invoked]] Hated the name 'Crawford', thinking it sounded too much like 'crawfish'.

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* CreatorBacklash: [[invoked]] Hated the name 'Crawford', ''Crawford'', thinking it sounded too much like 'crawfish'. "crawfish". Alternately, the studio hated her birth surname because it sounded too much like "sewer".


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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: In her early years of her film career, Joan reportedly said that film actors shouldn't date unless they've appeared with each other in at least three films. Employees at MGM were quick to point out that she'd broken her rules after she started to date Clark Gable (they hadmade two movies together at this point), and she replied wryly that she had to eat her words.


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* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]]
** With Clark Gable in about three films, leading to them briefly dating.
** With Robert Montgomery in about three or four films. They remained close friends until her death.
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