Joan Crawford

Born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, but christened Joan Crawford by Hollywood, she exemplified the 1920s carefree "flapper" era to a 'T'. Her beauty and vivacity catapulted her to stardom in the late 1920s in the hugely popular silent film Our Dancing Daughters. Ever since that point, the resilient actress with the ever expressive eyes, the famous over-painted lips and the will of steel created for herself one of the most legendary and enduring Hollywood personae of all time. Receiving three Best Actress Oscar nominations throughout her long career and winning once for 1945's Mildred Pierce, Joan seemed to personify the ideal American woman of every decade, from the uproarious 1920s right up until her death as a semi-reclusive corporate widow on May 10, 1977. Her fourth and last marriage was to Pepsi Cola chairman Alfred Steele, who died in 1959. She was described by some as 'The Face' owing to her classically beautiful features. Great Hollywood studio photographer George Hurrell dubbed her "camera proof" as she photographed perfectly from every angle. She also won a British BAFTA award for the 1957 movie The Story of Esther Costello. Her film career spanning nearly fifty years, she is best remembered for classic performances in Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), The Women (1939), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Harriet Craig (1950), Sudden Fear (1952), and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Niblo
CAST:  Ramon Novarro  •  Francis X. Bushman  •  May McAvoy  •  Betty Bronson

Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Niblo
CAST:  Ramon Novarro  •  Francis X. Bushman  •  May McAvoy  •  Betty Bronson

Berserk (1967)

A lady ringmaster milks the publicity from a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim O'Connolly
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Ty Hardin  •  Diana Dors  •  Michael Gough

A lady ringmaster milks the publicity from a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim O'Connolly
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Ty Hardin  •  Diana Dors  •  Michael Gough

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Grand Hotel (1932)

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Greta Garbo  •  John Barrymore  •  Joan Crawford  •  Wallace Beery

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Greta Garbo  •  John Barrymore  •  Joan Crawford  •  Wallace Beery

Johnny Guitar (1954)

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Mercedes McCambridge  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Ernest Borgnine

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Mercedes McCambridge  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Ernest Borgnine

Love on the Run (1936)

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Clark Gable  •  Franchot Tone  •  Reginald Owen

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Clark Gable  •  Franchot Tone  •  Reginald Owen

Mildred Pierce (1945)

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Carson  •  Zachary Scott  •  Eve Arden

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Carson  •  Zachary Scott  •  Eve Arden

Possessed (1947)

After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Van Heflin  •  Raymond Massey  •  Geraldine Brooks

After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Van Heflin  •  Raymond Massey  •  Geraldine Brooks

Sadie McKee (1934)

A maid has romances with a two-timer, a boozing millionaire and the master of the house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Gene Raymond  •  Franchot Tone  •  Edward Arnold

A maid has romances with a two-timer, a boozing millionaire and the master of the house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Gene Raymond  •  Franchot Tone  •  Edward Arnold

Sudden Fear (1952)

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Palance  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Bruce Bennett

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Palance  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Bruce Bennett

That's Entertainment! (1974)

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Fed up with her small-town marriage, a woman goes after the big time and gets mixed up with the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  David Brian  •  Steve Cochran  •  Kent Smith

Fed up with her small-town marriage, a woman goes after the big time and gets mixed up with the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  David Brian  •  Steve Cochran  •  Kent Smith

The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Reisner
CAST:  Conrad Nagel  •  Jack Benny  •  John Gilbert  •  Norma Shearer

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Reisner
CAST:  Conrad Nagel  •  Jack Benny  •  John Gilbert  •  Norma Shearer

The Unknown (1927)

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tod Browning
CAST:  Lon Chaney  •  Joan Crawford  •  Norman Kerry  •  Nick De Ruiz

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tod Browning
CAST:  Lon Chaney  •  Joan Crawford  •  Norman Kerry  •  Nick De Ruiz

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

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Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Joan Crawford  •  Victor Buono  •  Wesley Addy

Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Joan Crawford  •  Victor Buono  •  Wesley Addy

Trog (1970)

Anthropologist Dr. Brockton unearths a primitive troglodyte -- an Ice Age "missing link": half-caveman, half-ape -- in a local cave. Through medical experimentation, she manages to communicate with him and domesticate him before he's let loose by an irate land ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Michael Gough  •  Bernard Kay  •  Kim Braden

Anthropologist Dr. Brockton unearths a primitive troglodyte -- an Ice Age "missing link": half-caveman, half-ape -- in a local cave. Through medical experimentation, she manages to communicate with him and domesticate him before he's let loose by an irate land ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Michael Gough  •  Bernard Kay  •  Kim Braden

Queen Bee (1955)

A devilish Southern woman, married to a man who despises her, manages to manipulate those around her under the guise of being kind. But, when her sister-in-law is engaged to be married to the woman's former lover and her husband starts up an affair with her cousin, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ranald MacDougall
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Betsy Palmer  •  John Ireland

A devilish Southern woman, married to a man who despises her, manages to manipulate those around her under the guise of being kind. But, when her sister-in-law is engaged to be married to the woman's former lover and her husband starts up an affair with her cousin, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ranald MacDougall
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Betsy Palmer  •  John Ireland

That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

It's the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O'Neal, Peggy to most that know her, is the daughter of Major William O'Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they're in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Robert Taylor  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Franchot Tone

It's the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O'Neal, Peggy to most that know her, is the daughter of Major William O'Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they're in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Robert Taylor  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Franchot Tone

Torch Song (1953)

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Gig Young  •  Michael Wilding  •  Marjorie Rambeau

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Gig Young  •  Michael Wilding  •  Marjorie Rambeau
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