|Birthname||Lucille Fay LeSueur|
|born on||23 March 1906|
|Place||San Antonio, Texas, 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," 1941and "Mildred Pierce," 1945, which won her an Oscar.
Crawford married four times; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 6/03/1929, Franchot Tone 10/11/1935, Philip Terry 7/21/1942 and Alfred Steele, Chairman of the Board of Pepsi Cola on 5/10/1955; 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 5/10/1977, 10:00 AM, New York.
- spouse relationship with Fairbanks, Jr. Douglas (born 9 December 1909)
- parent->adopted child relationship with Crawford, Christina (born 11 June 1939)
- Work : Prize 1945 (Oscar award)
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."
16 July 2013: Starkman rectified her chart to 23 March 1905 21.08.12 CST Asc 4Sco17' Moon 14Sco05
- Traits : Personality : Ambitious
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
- 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 (1945)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women