Q is for Quotable Quotes: In Joan’s Words

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We grow in spirit and wisdom.

– Joan Crawford

This is just one of her many, many quotes. I agree to this, as this was very true of Joan. Over the course of her career, she has said a lot of things that were not only quote-worthy, but also full of spirit and wisdom.

In line with that, I’d like to share some of her beautiful quotes:

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To read more, please visit one of my Instagram pages dedicated to Joan, Joan Crawford Said… 🙂  All images are edited by yours truly. Haha. Follow if you have IG, too!

Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

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(Photos from Joan Crawford Said…)

P is for Poetry: Joan and Words

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Did you know that, aside from acting, Joan wrote poetry too? I betcha didn’t.

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Here are two poems she sent to Dan Mahony in 1928:

I am condemned for everything I do,
Even for each and every little mood.
Everything’s wrong and nothing is right,
However I guess that’s all in life.–
But there’s one little thought that give’s [sic] me great peace–
In my own mind Im [sic] right at least.

Aaand the other one:

“A Prayer”

 Hail Mary Mother so full of grace
With your lovely Madonna face,
You’ve listened to hundred’s of thousand’s pray:
You in your Heaven so fair and so brave.
You’ve heard the secret prayers of a child
Ever so meek — Ever so mild
The prayers of a mother you’ve heard & understood
Knowing in your heart all mother’s are good
A murderer when all hope is gone
Turn’s to you and thru darkness sees dawn
Even the strongest of all mankind
Beg your forgiveness, & worship your shrine
But Blessed Virgin Mary in your kingdom above
What equal’s the beauty of a maiden in love?
I know for as a child I prayed to you
And as a mother I prayed for comfort too
But this prayer is neither of child or mother
It’s the prayer of a girl who has a lover.

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Here’s a poem she made in between marriages to Franchot Tone and Phillip Terry (and during an affair with a man that didn’t go well):

Where are you?
My heart cries out in agony,
In my extended hands
I give my heart with
All its cries — its songs — its love,
But it’s too late.
You are not here to see its sorrow
Or hear its throbbing of your name
Perhaps it’s better that way
You who love laughter —
Did you ever know I love laughter too?
Oh my beloved
Where are you?

Good enough, eh? 🙂

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Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

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(Photos from Joan Crawford Best and Unemployed Film Snobs)

O is for Oscar: Joan and her Academy Award

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I don’t think the public knows what that Oscar means… to us. It is one of the most emotional things that can ever happen to a human being.

– Joan Crawford

Of all the movies Joan made, she only won an Oscar in one picture: Mildred Pierce (1945).

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It was a well-deserved Best Actress award (when you see the movie, you’ll believe me), received in an unusual manner: in bed.

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Unable to go to the awards ceremony because (according to her) she was sick, Joan listened to the program at home, with her daughter Christina. Besting contenders Ingrid Bergman, Greer Garson, Jennifer Jones and Gene Tierney in the category, Joan proved to the whole world— and to herself— that she is an actress.

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(With “Mildred” co-star, Ann Blyth)

In Conversations with Joan Crawford, she shares:

I remember how I felt the night the Awards were presented. Hopeful, scared, apprehensive, so afraid I wouldn’t remember what I wanted to say, terrified at the thought of looking at those people, almost hoping I wouldn’t get it, but wanting it so badly–no wonder I didn’t go. I stayed home and fortified myself, probably a little too much, because when the announcement came, and then the press, and sort of a party, I didn’t make much sense at all, even though I wanted to spill over…

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I’ve got to admit I was thumbing my nose at Metro for not supporting me in that department through all the years when they threw their big blocs of votes to Shearer or Garbo…What about Susan and God, A Woman’s Face, and Strange Cargo? I’d given better performances in those pictures than I did in Mildred Pierce. All without recognition…I think the Academy voters honored me as much that night for A Woman’s Face and Strange Cargo and maybe Grand Hotel as they did for Mildred. Or maybe it was for just staying around that long. Hollywood is like that; they compensate for their sins of omission later on, like the special awards they had to vote to Chaplin and Garbo in order not to seem completely ridiculous…

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Nevertheless, her performance in Mildred Pierce was outstanding and she really deserved the award.

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Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

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(Photos from Joan Crawford Best and Pinterest)

N is for Name Game: From Lucille to Joan

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Joan Crawford— a name forever etched in Hollywood history; a name that’s always associated with the words glam, style, talent, beauty, kindness, and fame; a name… that was chosen by a fan.

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Yep, that’s not her real name. Like most Old Hollywood stars, Joan’s identity has to be altered a bit, simply because the studios back then didn’t think their real names would fit the marquees or sound good in pictures. In Joan’s case, her true name sounded a bit “odd” to the ears of Louis B. Mayer, head of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio or MGM.

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So, what’s her real name (or names… because she had another name as a child), then? Here, I’ll take you a trip down name lane (lol):

Lucille Le Sueur – Joan’s real name. She was of French and Irish descent. When she was just beginning at MGM, Mr. Mayer didn’t like the sound of her last name, and remarked that sounded like “sewer.” The management also thought that Lucille Le Sueur was too long for marquees to hold, so he had it changed.

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Billie Cassin – When she was young, Joan’s mother married Henry Cassin, an operator of an opera house. Henry had a big impact on Joan, and she admired her new father so much that she changed her name to “Billie Cassin.” It didn’t last forever, though.

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Joan Arden – To get rid of Joan’s real name, MGM held a contest to “reborn” her. Many names were submitted, but the first winner was Joan Arden. Not long enough, a lady with that name sued the studio, so they didn’t have any choice but to go with the second one, which was…

Joan Crawford – There! Haha. At first, Joan didn’t like this name, because it sounded like “crawfish.” She learned to love it, eventually, because it was in this name that she got recognized. Obviously, she carried the name for the rest of her life.

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According to Donald Spoto’s biography of Joan (Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford), other names that were considered from the contest were: Diana Gray, Joan Gray, Ann Morgan and Peggy Shaw. Well, I like Joan Crawford more, so… haha.How about y’all?

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Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

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(Photos from Leading Lights Autograph, Joan Crawford Best, and Legendary Joan Crawford)

M is for Memorable Roles: Joan’s Unforgettable Characters

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I used my body, my face, my walk, my mannerisms to project what the character is.

– Joan Crawford

Joan’s career, which spanned almost half a century, spawned over 83 films— from silents to talkies to technicolor. With these pictures, she was given a wide variety of roles: extra, chorine, flapper, shopgirl, the other woman, scarred lady, trucking magnate, restaurant owner, dancer, stenographer, playwright, Western boss, crippled lady, psychotic woman, circus owner, doctor… all the possible roles you could imagine!

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But out of all the characters she portrayed, there are few which definitely stand out until now. These roles have cemented her name in the motion picture industry and made her beyond famous. These characters have made their way into our hearts, as well. Sometimes, we even associate Joan with the roles she played. That’s how big the impact of her roles are.

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Here are, in my opinion, Joan’s most memorable roles ever:

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(Nanon Zanzi in The Unknown, 1927)

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(Diana Medford in Our Dancing Daughters, 1928)

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(Marian Martin in Possessed, 1931)

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(Letty Lynton in Letty Lynton, 1932)

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(Sadie Thompson in Rain, 1932)

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(Janie Barlow in Dancing Lady, 1933)

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(Sadie McKee in Sadie McKee, 1934)

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(Crystal Allen in The Women, 1939)

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(Anna Holm in A Woman’s Face, 1941)

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(Mildred Pierce in Mildred Pierce, 1945)

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(Helen Wright in Humoresque, 1946)

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(Louise Howell in Possessed, 1947)

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(Myra Hudson in Sudden Fear, 1952)

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(Jenny Stewart in Torch Song, 1953)

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(Vienna in Johnny Guitar, 1954)

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(Eva Phillips in Queen Bee, 1955)

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(Millicent Wetherby in Autumn Leaves, 1956)

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(Blance Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1962)

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(Lucy Harbin in Strait Jacket, 1964)

Agree or disagree? Feel free to comment— just no bashing or irrational, violent reactions. 🙂 Thank you!

Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

dfsa.

(All photos from Joan Crawford Best)

L is for Laughing Joan: When The Queen Is Happy

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I bet most of the Joanie pictures you see on the Internet are studio shots or publicity stills for movies. In these photos, her face usually looks serious— glaring eyes, closed mouth… the look of pure sophistication and elegance.

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But those aren’t my favorites. What I love the most are pictures which show her laughing, happy face.

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I love it when I see pictures of Joan laughing. Yeah, you can’t hear it, but she’s clearly laughing. Haha. When Joan is happy, I’m happy too. ❤

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There’s something about her crinkled nose, almost non-existent eyes, and wide smile that makes any gloomy day better.

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And I’m not talking about staged happy pictures! I mean the real ones— the genuine, candid, and full-of-life photos.

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See what I mean? Here’s more:

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Go ahead, indulge in Joan’s happiness!

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Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

dfsa.

(All photos from Joan Crawford Best)

K is for Keane: Joan and the Famous Painter

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Joan was an art lover. Who isn’t? Art binds everyone, and it speaks a universal language that we can all understand.

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Artists loved Joan, too. Ever since her arrival in Hollywood in the 20s, she has become a beautiful subject of various paintings, sculptures, and caricatures. One of these artists is an American painter named Margaret Keane.

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Margaret loved to paint women and children with big eyes, which eventually became her trademark. These paintings are hauntingly amazing, and our Joanie was one of those who were mesmerized. In fact, she commissioned Margaret to make her portrait…

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…and she also owned four Keane paintings:

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She adored Margaret’s portrait of her, and it’s evident in these two pictures:

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(In 1963, posing with the painting, her awards (one being the Oscar award for Mildred Pierce), and special pepsi bottles)

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(In 1971, with her puppies)

Margaret spoke kindly of Joan. In an interview with Vulture.com, she said:

Joan Crawford was an extremely good friend. In the beginning, when she thought Walter did the paintings, we were unknown artists, she promoted us. Our first show in New York, she sponsored it. She invited the people, she got the press there she did it all. I can’t believe that she was such a bad mother! I don’t know if it was true or not, but she was certainly good to me.

Just last year, Margaret’s story was made into a movie (Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton), which exposed the truth about her former husband Walter’s wrongdoings. Joan was even showed in one scene:

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To know more about this great artist, visit her website.

Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

dfsa.

(Photos from Joan Crawford Best, People and The Art of Film)

J is for Jazz Baby: Flapper Joan

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Most people associate Joan Crawford with her roles in the 40s, 50s and 60s, but what they usually forget is the fact that she was, originally, a true-blue 20s gal.

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Yes, you read that right. Before the world saw her getting slapped by Ann Blyth (Mildred Pierce, 1945) or kicked in the head by Bette Davis (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1962), she was just like any flapper during the Roaring Twenties: young, wild and free.

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Joan was the epitome of a real jazz baby in the 1920s. The period also had Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Colleen Moore and many others, but Joan rose to the top when she portrayed Dangerous Diana in Our Dancing Daughters (1928). The role reflected her off-screen persona and showed the audience what real flappers are like— always dancing, always partying… but still decent.

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(From the film Our Dancing Daughters, 1928)

She’s also remembered as the young flapper who’s always dancing in night clubs (one of them being the famous Cocoanut Grove), Charleston-ing her way to many, many trophies— proof that she is the one and only Charleston queen.

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(With her Charleston trophies, 1926)

Even the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald took note of Joan’s embodiment of the free-spirited flapper. According to him:

Joan Crawford is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see in smart night clubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication, toying iced glasses with a remote, faintly bitter expression, dancing deliciously, laughing a great deal, with wide, hurt eyes. Young things with a talent for living.

Let’s not forget the young, vibrant, and energetic All-American dame that Joan was before. She truly is one of Hollywood’s (and America, in general) legendary flappers.

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Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

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(All photos from Joan Crawford Best. GIF by Theodora Fitzgerald)

I is for Impeccable Style: Fashionista Joan

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I think most OH fans will agree that Joan Crawford was one of the most important style icons of the long-gone era. Known not only for her gorgeous face and unbelievable talent, she also set the trend for whatever decade she was in— whether it’s the jazzy 20s or the swinging 60s.

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Joan always looked her best, as her pictures clearly suggest. She cared for her appearance as much as she did for any aspect of her life. In her book, My Way of Life, she shared five tips that will surely bring out the fashion-savvy in everyone:

  1. Find your own style and have the courage to stick to it.
  2. Choose your clothes for your way of life.
  3. Make your wardrobe as versatile as an actress. It should be able to play many roles.
  4.  Find your happiest colours – the ones that make you feel good.
  5. Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are!

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To prove my point even further, here are some stylish Joanie pics for you to enjoy (note: I didn’t pick staged, studio shots because I want to present what Joan wears aside from designer gowns and dresses):

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(Lovely dress and shoes in the 20s)

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(That houndstooth coat, though!)

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(Freckled and beautiful!)

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(Fur always by her side)

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(That 30s swag <3)

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(Joan was a hat girl— she loved different kinds of headpiece, which will continue until the 70s)

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(Told ya she loved hats!)

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(I honestly love this 40s ensemble!)

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(Awesome summer outfits)

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(Glamorous number, perfect for the queen)

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(Hat and nets… she seemed to like it though haha)

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(Everything’s on fleek here— the turban, the dress, the eyeliner… everything!)

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(That hat looks kinda heavy…)

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(Simple dress + stunning fur = perfect)

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(In most of the 70s, Joan kept her hair simple inside caps like this)

Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

dfsa.

(Photos from Joan Crawford Best)

H is for Hair Schmair: Joan’s Many Hairstyles

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I think that the most important thing a woman can have— next to talent, of course— is her hairdresser.

– Joan Crawford

Honestly, this is one of Joan’s overused quotes ever. I’ve seen many people, as well as beauty parlors, use this quote to embody the importance of a good crowning glory.

Truth be told, Joan lived up to this line. From the start of her career in the 20s until the 70s, her hair didn’t remain the same. Much like her eyebrows, Joan’s hair went with the flow of time, too.

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Here’s a quick tour of Joan’s ever-changing hairstyle, from the Roaring Twenties to the Simple (but elegant) Seventies:

1920s – As a flapper icon, Joan rocked the bob, finger waves and a lot of curls.

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1930s – More curls (except for her character in The Bride Wore Red (1937))! Joan kept her hair short during this decade.

 

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1940s – Now going for more lengthy hairstyles, Joan still kept her hair curly  (curls were in during that time) and cap-friendly.

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1950s – It’s all about cropped bangs, baby.

 

 

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1960s – Age-appropriate hairstyles for Joan, fit for a queen.

 

 

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1970s – Big hair, big fun!

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Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

dfsa.

(All photos from Joan Crawford Best)