CRAWFORD, JOAN (1904-77)
American star of stage and screen. Academy-award winner.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed; one page April 1969; thoughtful note to a fan. Note reads: It was so sweet of you to remember my birthday and also my Easter with the lovely greeting cards. You are always so thoughtful, and I am very, very grateful to you. You helped to make both occasions very happy ones for me. Bless you — and I hope your Easter was a wonderful one. Accompanied by a 8″x10″ black and white glossy fashion photo.
Began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway. Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. In the 1930s, her fame rivaled and, later, outlasted that of MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. In 1945 she starred in “Mildred Pierce” and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She would go on to receive Best Actress nominations for “Possessed” (1947) and “Sudden Fear” (1952). She continued to act in film and on TV throughout the 1950s and ’60s. She achieved boxoffice success with the highly successful horror cult film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962) which co-starred with her long-time rival, Bette Davis.
Despite her well-deserved reputation for being somewhat tempestuous and unpredictable, Crawford was very devoted to her fanbase and took great care to acknowledge them.