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Definition: Crawford, Joan from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US film actor. She became a star with her performance as a flapper in Our Dancing Daughters (1928). Later she appeared as a sultry, often suffering, mature woman. She won an Academy Award for Mildred Pierce (1945).

Beginning her career as a chorus girl in 1924, Crawford made her first film appearance in 1925. Her films include Sadie McKee (1934), The Women (1939), Possessed (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).


Crawford, Joan


Crawford, Joan

Summary Article: Crawford, Joan
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Joan Crawford, c. 1934. Credit:Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive, New York City

(born March 23, 1908, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.—died May 10, 1977, New York, N.Y.) U.S. film actress. She was a dancer in a Broadway chorus line when she won her first Hollywood contract in the mid 1920s. After portraying flappers in such films as Our Dancing Daughters (1928), she played opportunistic girls in such Depression-era dramas as Grand Hotel (1932) and The Women (1939). With her dark eyebrows, padded shoulders, and hysterical intensity, she reinvented herself as a suffering heroine in Mildred Pierce (1945, Academy Award) and in psychological melodramas including Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). Her later films included Queen Bee (1955) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Death Place: New York City, New York, United States

Name: Crawford, Joan or Joan Crawford

Gender: female

Nationality: American

Activity: American actress

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