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Joan Crawford

Lucille Fay LeSueur, who is better known by her stage name of Joan Crawford (March 23, 1904 - May 10, 1977) was an American actress.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, she began as an actress in silent movies. She acted in dozens of films between 1925 and 1970.

Crawford won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Mildred Pierce in 1945, and was nominated for Possessed and Sudden Fear.

Her adopted daughter, Christina, wrote an autobiography, Mommie Dearest[?], which friends of Joan called fictitious, although certain parts have been proven true. (For example, her many love affairs. A delicious quote attributed to Bette Davis about Crawford is that she "slept with every male MGM star except Lassie.")

Mommie Dearest was made into a film starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford. The movie was seen by some to be camp and almost funny, as the child abuse, control issues, etc. written by Christina were enacted out as over-the-top as they were written.

Joan Crawford died in New York City of a heart attack while apparently ill with cancer. In her will, she explicitly disinherited her adopted children, Christopher and Christina, with the phrase "...for reasons which should be well known to them".

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street.

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