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!
The iconic Marilyn Monroe is believed to have hooked up with Crawford sometime in her early career. Evidence has emerged from audiotapes recorded during Monroe’s psychiatrist sessions. “I told her straight out I didn’t much enjoy doing it with a woman,” said Monroe.
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.
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.
Towards the end of Crawfords life she was very lonely. She even went as far as to invite film critics of the New York Daily News over for drinks.
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.
While her on scene persona was larger than life her physical statue was only 5’3″. Crawford had bright blue eyes and fiery red hair. It was not until 1953 when she starred in ‘Torch Song’ where her audience was able see her acting in color.
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.
“If I weren’t a Christian Scientist and I saw ‘Trog’ advertised on a marquee across the street, I think I’d contemplate suicide,” said Crawford.
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.
Crawford won her first Oscar in 1946 for her role in Mildred Pierce. It took her nearly two years to choose the right script. She wanted to be more selective in deciding which films to star in. “I decided that if I got the Oscar, I would feel goddamn sure that I deserved it,” said Crawford.
Crawford always had a passion for dancing. In her teenage years, she started competing in dance competitions. That steered her to dancing in local nightclubs.
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.
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