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Joan Crawford
Lucille Fay LeSueur
BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Crawford, Joan,

1908–77, American movie star, b. San Antonio, Tex., as Lucille Le Sueur. After working as a Broadway chorus dancer, Crawford began making films in 1926, eventually moving from musicals to drama. She made more than 80 movies, excelling at the dramatic role of the strong but troubled woman. In 1945 she won an Academy Award for her performance in Mildred Pierce. Her best-known films include Grand Hotel (1932), The Women (1939), and Johnny Guitar (1954). Her later films, many in the horror genre, include a memorable teaming with Bette DavisDavis, Bette
, 1908–89, American film actress, b. Lowell, Mass., as Ruth Elizabeth Davis. One of the most durable stars of the American screen, she made her debut in 1931.
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 in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). When her fourth husband died (1959), she succeeded him as a director of the Pepsi-Cola Co.


See her autobiographies (1962 and 1972); biography by D. Spoto (2010); study by L. J. Quirk (1970).

Crawford, Joan (b. Lucille Fay Le Sueur)

(1906–77) film actress; born in San Antonio, Texas. A chorus girl, she came to Hollywood in 1924, worked as an extra, and then was featured in Pretty Ladies (1925). She was usually cast as a working-class girl with her eyes set on wealth, later becoming the other woman. She won an Oscar for Mildred Pierce (1945). Her daughter, Christina Crawford, wrote a scathing attack on her domestic tyranny in Mommie Dearest (1978).
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