PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MADAME BALOYAN
FORMERLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOAN CRAWFORD
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay Le Suer on March 23, 1904, in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to her film career, she was a dancer and chorus girl in the Midwest and along the Atlantic coastline. In order to make ends meet, Joan held various odd jobs. Determined to make it in the entertainment world, she soon headed West to Hollywood where she starred in a number of silent films. She was one of the few actors to make the transition from silent to talking pictures. Her first talking picture was Untamed (1929). More pictures were to follow such as Possessed (1931), Grand Hotel (1932), Flamingo Road (1949), Torch Song (1953), and Johnny Guitar (1954).
Despite her five-foot-four inch height, her bold and chiseled facial features and piercing eyes enhanced her strong screen presence. As she aged in the 1940s, the acting opportunities became less plentiful. She took on roles of cold and domineering women. She finally found her niche in films like Mildred Pierce (1945) and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). However, such roles perpetuated her hard-as-nails image became synonymous with her private persona. Near the end of her life, she starred in over 70 films. She starred in the 1969 TV series Night Gallery where she soon befriended a young director, Steven Spielberg.
Wanting to be the envy of those she encountered, she left behind a lasting legacy of exuberating poise and perfection.