Biography

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).

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).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 122

Birthday 1905-03-23

Day of Death 1977-05-10

Place of Birth San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Lucille Fay LeSueur
  • Lucille Le Sueur
  • Billie Cassin
  • Джоан Кроуфорд

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 Possessed as (archive footage)
2008 Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood as Various Roles (archive footage)
2003 Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage)
1996 Joan Crawford: Always the Star as Herself (archive footage)
1994 That's Entertainment! III
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "Humoresque") (archive footage)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clips from 'Hollywood Revue' & 'Dancing Lady' (archive footage)
1972 The Sixth Sense(1 episode)
1970 Trog as Dr. Brockton
1969 Night Gallery as Miss Menlo
1968 The Name of the Game(2 episodes)
1967 Berserk as Monica Rivers
1967 The Karate Killers as Amanda True
1966 The Oscar as Herself (uncredited)
1965 I Saw What You Did as Amy Nelson
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(1 episode) as Amanda True
1964 Strait-Jacket as Lucy Harbin
1964 How to Plan a Movie Murder as Herself
1964 Della as Della Chappell
1963 The Caretakers as Lucretia Terry
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as Blanche Hudson
1962 The Lucy Show(1 episode)
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1959 The Best of Everything as Amanda Farrow
1957 The Story of Esther Costello as Margaret Landi
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(2 episodes)
1956 Autumn Leaves as Millicent Wetherby
1955 Queen Bee as Eva Phillips
1955 Female on the Beach as Lynn Markham
1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere as Herself
1954 Johnny Guitar as Vienna
1954 The Secret Storm(319 episodes) as Joan Borman Kane
1953 Torch Song as Jenny Stewart
1953 At Home with Joan Crawford as herself
1953 The Academy Awards(11 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater(3 episodes)
1952 Sudden Fear as Myra Hudson
1952 This Woman Is Dangerous as Elizabeth Austin
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy as Agatha Reed
1950 Harriet Craig as Harriet Craig
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(1 episode)
1950 The Damned Don't Cry as Ethel Whitehead
1949 It's a Great Feeling as Herself (uncredited)
1949 Flamingo Road as Lane Bellamy
1947 Daisy Kenyon as Daisy Kenyon
1947 Possessed as Louise Howell
1947 Humoresque as Helen Wright
1946 Blow-Ups of 1946 as Herself
1945 Mildred Pierce as Mildred Pierce
1944 Hollywood Canteen as Herself
1943 Above Suspicion as Frances Myles
1942 Reunion in France as Michele de la Becque
1942 They All Kissed the Bride as Margaret J. 'M.J.' Drew
1941 When Ladies Meet as Mary 'Minnie' Howard
1941 A Woman's Face as Anna Holm
1940 Susan and God as Susan Trexel
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Herself
1940 Strange Cargo as Julie
1940 The Miracle of Sound
1939 From the Ends of the Earth as herself
1939 The Ice Follies of 1939 as Mary McKay
1939 The Women as Crystal Allen
1938 The Shining Hour as Olivia Riley
1938 Mannequin as Jessie Cassidy
1937 The Bride Wore Red as Anni Pavlovitch
1937 The Romance of Celluloid
1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Mrs. Fay Cheyney
1936 Love on the Run as Sally Parker
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy as Peggy Eaton
1935 I Live My Life as Kay Bentley
1935 No More Ladies as Marcia Townsend Warren
1934 Forsaking All Others as Mary Clay
1934 Chained as Diane Lovering
1934 Sadie McKee as Sadie McKee
1933 Dancing Lady as Janie Barlow
1933 Fast Workers as Actress in Film Clif (edited from 'Laughing Sinners') (archive footage)
1933 Today We Live as Diana "Ann" Boyce-Smith
1932 Rain as Sadie Thompson
1932 Grand Hotel as Flämmchen
1932 Letty Lynton as Letty Lynton
1931 Possessed as Marian Martin aka 'Mrs. Moreland'
1931 This Modern Age as Valentine 'Val' Winters
1931 Wir schalten um auf Hollywood as Herself
1931 Laughing Sinners as Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens
1931 The Stolen Jools as Joan Crawford
1931 Dance, Fools, Dance as Bonnie
1930 Paid as Mary Turner
1930 Our Blushing Brides as Jerry
1930 Montana Moon as Joan
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as Herself
1929 Untamed as Alice "Bingo" Dowling
1929 Our Modern Maidens as Billie Brown
1929 The Duke Steps Out as Susie
1928 Dream of Love as Adrienne Lecouvreur
1928 Fashion News
1928 Our Dancing Daughters as Diana 'Di' Medford
1928 Across to Singapore as Priscilla Crowninshield
1928 Rose-Marie as Rose-Marie
1928 The Law of the Range as Betty Dallas
1928 West Point as Betty Channing
1927 Spring Fever as Allie Monte
1927 Twelve Miles Out as Jane
1927 The Unknown as Nanon Zanzi
1927 The Taxi Dancer as Joselyn Poe
1927 Winners Of The Wilderness as René Contrecoeur
1926 Bardelys the Magnificent as Court Gossip (uncredited)
1926 The Boob as Jane
1926 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp as Betty Burton
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ as Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
1925 Sally, Irene and Mary as Irene
1925 The Only Thing as Party Guest (uncredited)
1925 Old Clothes as Mary Riley
1925 The Circle as Young Lady Catherine
1925 The Merry Widow as Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
1925 A Slave of Fashion as Mannequin (uncredited)
1925 Pretty Ladies as Bobby
1925 Proud Flesh as Party Guest (uncredited)
1925 1925 Studio Tour as Herself-Lucille Le Sueur
1925 Lady of the Night as Molly (body double in various sequences) (uncredited)

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