Joan Crawford - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
Joan Crawford was an American film and television actress who began her career as a dancer and stage showgirl.
In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hard-working young women who find romance and success. These stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women.
Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest-paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and, by the end of the 1930s, she was labelled "box office poison".
She made a major comeback in 1945 by starring in Mildred Pierce, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She achieved box office success with the highly successful horror film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, in which she starred alongside Bette Davis, her long-time rival.
In 1955, Crawford became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors, serving until she was forcibly retired in 1973.
After the release of the British horror film Trog in 1970, Crawford retired from the screen.
Following a public appearance in 1974, after which unflattering photographs were published, Crawford withdrew from public life and became increasingly reclusive until her death in 1977.