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)

C is for Costumes Galore: Joan’s Memorable Film Costumes

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Costumes hold a very important role in movies, especially those made in Hollywood’s Golden Era. Whether it’s Bette Davis’ stunning (and sinful) red gown in Jezebel (1938), or Vivien Leigh’s outstanding Southern number in Gone With The Wind (1939), these costumes have stayed in people’s minds longer than expected.

As one of Hollywood’s legends, Joan also had her share of awesome and memorable costumes. She’s even credited for the invention (and fame) of the shoulder pads in the 40s.

Here’s a quick tour:

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(As Bobby the showgirl in Pretty Ladies (1925), her first credited role)

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(Nanon’s circus getup in The Unknown (1927))

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(Dangerous Diana’s cute dress in Our Dancing Daughters (1928))

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(Flaemmchen’s stenographer outfit in Grand Hotel (1932), also starring the Barrymore brothers (John and Lionel), Greta Garbo and Wallace Beery)

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(Sadie Thompson in Rain (1932))

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(This is probably her most famous costume. Ladies and gentlemen, the unforgettable gown with puffy shoulders in Letty Lynton (1932))

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(Another well-known gown from Letty Lynton (1932))

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(Elegant gown in Sadie McKee (1934)

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(Her gown in The Bride Wore Red (1937), which still exists today. Hurrah!)

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(As Crystal Allen in The Women (1939), also starring Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell)

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(Of course… Mildred’s “padded” fur coat in Mildred Pierce (1945))

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(As Jenny Stewart in Torch Song (1953))

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(Jenny’s blackface number in Torch Song (1953))

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(Vienna’s cowgirl outfit in Johnny Guitar (1954))

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(Eva’s stunning black gown in Queen Bee (1955))

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(Lastly, Lucy Harbin’s floral ensemble in Strait Jacket (1964))

Cheers to you and your amazing costumes, Joan! ❀

Happy blogging (and fangirling!)

dfsa.

 

(Photos from Joan Crawford Best)

To my beautiful baby, my wonderful child: Joan Crawford

Yesterday, a lot of people all over the world expressed their sincerest birthday greetings to you… including me.

Honestly, I’m still amazed by the number of adoring fans you have, even if you’ve been resting for 37 years now. (And no, I’m not talking about those “fans” who just know and acknowledge you as the “axe-swinging-wire-hanger-swishing-rodeo-quoting” lady that the movie Mommie Dearest and your ungrateful daughter Christina portrayed you to be).

For the first time, my fingers hurt because I had so many Instagram pictures to like. Normally, that doesn’t happen. But because it was your birthday, the hashtag #JoanCrawford was flooded with sooo many photos of you.

That still warms my heart until now.

I’m trying not to get too emotional every time I would post something like this, but I’m afraid my love for you won’t let me. Actually, I don’t even understand why I love you this much. This time last year, I think I don’t even know you. But ever since I discovered how amazing you are (thank you so much, documentary on Youtube), somehow, you became a part of my whole system. Now, not a day passes by that I don’t think of you. My phone is filled with your souvenirs. Your voice haunts me. You even turn up in my dreams.

And no, I’m not protesting. Haha.

I don’t know what to say anymore, so I guess I’ll just end (kind of) this post with the words, “I love you so damn much.” That’s it— my whole feelings all wrapped up in that one special sentence.

Thank you for letting me find you and for never allowing me to forget you. Thank you for always inspiring me and being my spirit guide in everything I do. Thank you for leaving such a wonderful legacy that we, your fans, enjoy in the present.

Thank you, Joan, for existing in this world. I don’t know what I would do had you not been born.

Oh, and don’t worry about that negative MD stuff that people still associate with your name. We, the real Joanuts, will take care of those haters and pretenders. 😉

Happy birthday again, my sweet angel!

Love lots,
Jane

(GIFs are all from Tumblr: Crawford in Motion, Nitrate Diva, Theodora Fitzgerald, Joan Crawfords, Weird Movie Village, Get on the Carousel and Baby Bacalling)