CRAWFORD, JOAN (1904-77)
American star of stage, screen, radio and television.
TMsS – Typewritten Manuscript Signed, being an undated excerpt from her 1971 Simon & Schuster book “My Way of Life”. Professionally matted with a large black and white litho print glamour portrait.
Crawford 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.