Introducing 25 Amazing Facts About Joan Crawford: And yes, they are amazing.
Joan Crawford was an American actress and dancer. Her career first started as a dancer, and she soon became a chorus girl for Broadway! In 1925, she signed a motion picture contract, and her career as an actress would span decades.
In this list, you will learn many of the amazing facts about her life! From changing her name to having a sleepover with a fan, here are 25 Amazing Facts about Joan Crawford!
She Filled in For her Daughter
Marilyn Monroe Was One of Her Lovers
She Almost Lost a Limp
Crawford’s dreams of stardom were almost crippled along with her foot. It was during her childhood when her foot needed to be operated on due to an accident. Doctors said she wouldn’t be able to dance again.
Luckily with hard work and determination, she was able to prove them wrong. Crawford became known for her dancing abilities in her early teen years.
She Always Dressed to Impress
She Kept Her Cancer a Secret
Crawford was known to be a prideful women. She decided to keep her stomach cancer a secret from most people in her life. She wished to pass with dignity and without sympathy from the people around her.
“I would like to be like an old wolf, or an old gorilla. I have heard that when they know they have reached their last days, they go away to be alone and just disappear. As far as I’m concerned, they have the right idea,” said Crawford.
She Invited the New York Daily News over
When the film critics arrived to her apartment they were extremely disappointed. Crawford looked very ill and served frozen quiche on a paper plate. “It hurt us to see someone we had admired for so long be so desperately lonely,” says one of the film critics.
She Was Petite
Crawford was originally raised as a Catholic. It wasn’t until the release of her sci-fi movie ‘Trog’ in 1970 when she changed her religion. Crawford devoted herself to the Christian Science, a spirituality and health movement founded by Mary Baker Eddy.
However, they did respect each other’s career. Their conflicted relationship ended up helping the promotion of their movie “What Happened to Baby Jane?”.
She Gave Back to Her Community
Married Four Times
Her second marriage was in 1925 to Franchot Tone, another actor. They divorced almost four years later.
At Night She Asked For Her Interior Lights to Be On In Her Limousine
She always wanted to put on a show for her admirers. During her Friday evening commute home, she asked for the lights in her limousine to be turned on.
She wanted her fans to be able to see her waving goodbye. Crawford made sure she always look glamours. She wanted to portray her movie star persona at all times.
Crawford Rose From Her Troubled Past
Crawford Adopted Five Children
Crawford was not able to have children naturally so she decided to adopt. She adopted her first child, Christina, in 1940. She adopted a son, Christopher, in 1942. Interestingly, she then adopted another boy name Christopher in 1943. Her last adoption would be twin girls, Catherine and Cynthia, in 1947.
Academy Award Winner
Crawford married Al Steele, the chairman of Pepsi-Cola in May of 1955. Her dedication to her husband and his company was immense.
She Invited a Fan to Sleepover
According to Chandler’s biography of Crawford, the day before she died, she invited one of her faithful fans to a sleepover at her house.
Crawford Spent Hours Writing Back Fans
She was Obsessed with Plastic Slipcovers
She Called Her Maid 'Mamacita'
It wasn’t because she wanted to call her maid “babe, ” it was because she had just returned from Rio de Janerio and that was all she heard.
“I don’t know what I’d do without Mamacita. No new situation ever flusters her. And new situations turn up every day,” says Crawford.
Acting Wasn't Her First Love
Shortly after that, she was discovered by a stage manager for the Shuberts. That gig led Crawford to find her career in acting. “Funny, but I never had any ambition whatsoever to becoming an actress,” says Crawford.
She Was a Waitress and Maid
Her Exact Birthdate is Unknown
Lucille Fay LeSueur
Crawford was originally born Lucille Fay LeSueur. However, when she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, they decided her last name sounded too much like “sewer.”