Relationship advice from Old Hollywood
Joan Crawford
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Joan Crawford

"Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell."

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in 1905 in San Antonio, Texas. Crawford signed a movie contract with MGM in 1925, but kept being cast in bit parts. Frustrated, she began a self-promotion campaign, branding herself as a fabulous flapper. By the 1930s, Crawford was one of the most well-paid women in the United States. After a brief period of box-office crashes, she made her comeback in Mildred Pierce, for which she won an Oscar in 1945.  

Crawford was married four times (her first marriage was to Douglas Fairbanks Jr, son of actor Douglas Fairbanks and stepson to Mary Pickford, a.k.a. Hollywood Royalty). Three of her marriages ended in divorce, and her fourth husband predeceased her. She had four children, and disinherited two of them. After her death in 1977, her eldest daughter Christina published a memoir, Mommie Dearest, alleging that Crawford had been physically and emotionally abusive. 

A woman of extremes, to say the least. 

Photo Credit: Sipa - Joan Crawford in This Modern Age (1931)

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