|Birthname||Lucille Fay LeSueur|
|born on||23 March 1906|
|Place||San Antonio, Texas, 29n25, 98w30|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|birthdate from daughter Christina's book|
|Date||23 March 1904|
|Place||San Antonio, TX (US), 29n25, 98w30|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
American actress, on-screen from 1925 in "Ladies of the Night." A teenage dancer and chorus girl, she became a symbol of the jazz age, a flapper in 1928 and one of the most memorable dramatic actresses of her day.
In 1929 she changed her screen name from Billie Cassin to Joan Crawford. Her films included "The Women," 1939, "A Woman's Face," 1941 and "Mildred Pierce," 1945, which won her an Oscar.
Crawford married four times; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 3 June 1929; Franchot Tone, 11 October 1935; Philip Terry, 21 July 1942 and Alfred Steele, Chairman of the Board of Pepsi Cola on 10 May 1955; four adopted kids.
Ambitious, passionate and driven, she said "The need to work is always there, bugging me." That drive was stilled with her death on 10 May 1977, 10:00 AM, in New York, from a heart attack, while also reportedly ill with cancer.
- associate relationship with Adrian (born 3 March 1903). Notes: Worked together 28 times
- associate relationship with Novarro, Ramon (born 6 February 1899). Notes: Co-star in "Across to Singapore," 1928
- opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Davis, Bette (born 5 April 1908). Notes: Lifelong feud
- spouse relationship with Fairbanks, Jr. Douglas (born 9 December 1909)
- parent->adopted child relationship with Crawford, Christina (born 11 June 1939)
- role played of/by Dunaway, Faye (born 14 January 1941). Notes: "Mommie Dearest"
- Work : Prize 7 March 1946 (Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Mildred Pierce")
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This cannot be correct, because her brother Hal is born 3 September 1903 (see image on the right).
Many dates and times have been given over the years.
In August 2011, a reader who wishes to remain anonymous wrote: 1906 seems correct. It makes the most sense despite no documentation as proof. Texas didn't start recording births until 1903 and didn't get really organized about it until years after that. This site in particular pegs 1906 well: http://www.legendaryjoancrawford.com/earlyyears1.html.
Joan herself eventually claimed she was born in 1908 (on tombstone.) Donald Spoto's Processed: The Life of Joan Crawford (ed.2011) explains on page 6: 'By the time she registered for the new Social Security program in the 1930s, she had already been accustomed to stating her birth year as 1908; there was, after all, no official document to the contrary, for in 1906, birth certificates were neither mandatory nor routine in Texas. And so, with the encouragement and complicity of studio publicists, she established her birth year as 1908, effectively diminishing her age by two years. According to California law, however, the studio could not hire a seventeen-year-old in 1925 (first contract) without parental approval, and this was neither required nor requested in her case. Lucille had applied for a work-study program at Stephens College, Missouri, in 1922, and at that time she truthfully gave her age as sixteen. She certainly could not have hoodwinked anyone at Stephens into accepting her if she was in fact only fourteen years old. By 1936, magazine articles occasionally reported her birth year (without correction from the subject or her bosses) and she herself revealed it least once. The occasion was a meeting in November 1967 with the Trustees of Brandeis University, who named her a Fellow in recognition of "her interest, time and service to a host of civic and philanthropic causes." By that time she had donated a large cache of personal effects to the university.' The book mentions on pages 126-7 that the March 1, 1937 issue of Life Magazine features an article titled "Joan Crawford: Mrs. Tone at Home" and accurately [without "proof", accuracy is still in question] notes she was born on March 23, 1906."
Joan Crawford's daughter Christina, in the 1978 biography "Mommie Dearest", firmly states 1904 twice in the book on pages 20 and 66. "Publicly her birth date was reported as March 23, 1908, but Grandmother told me that she was actually born in 1904." (pg. 20)
"My mother was born Lucille LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, in 1904, although when she came to Hollywood she lied about her age and changed the year to 1908" (pg. 66)
16 July 2013: Starkman rectified her chart to 23 March 1905 21.08.12 CST Asc 4Sco17' Moon 14Sco05
- Traits : Personality : Ambitious
- Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
- Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged
- Family : Childhood : Memories Bad
- Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (All four husbands)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
- Family : Parenting : Abusive - Physical/Verbal (Alleged to be abusive)
- Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Four)
- Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Daughter Christina)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Many lovers)
- Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Took a screen name)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Chorus girl)
- Notable : Awards : Oscar (1946)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women