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30 September 1996 (USA) See more »
This glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-winning stardom by guts... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Gene Feldman 
Suzette Winter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Feldman 
Suzette Winter 

Produced by
Stephen Janson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Fiocca 
Max Surla 
Editorial Department
Kerry Soloway .... on-line editor

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USA:50 min

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Joan Crawford:I never went beyond the 6th grade - that's one of my hang-ups.See more »


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Nice Look at Crawford, 16 May 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Joan Crawford: Always the Star (1996)

*** (out of 4)

Nice, if all too short, documentary taking a look at the troubled early life of Joan Crawford who would rise to become one of the biggest stars in the world but then have her reputation ruined a year after her death. Cliff Robertson, Ben Cooper, Diane Baker and Vincent Sherman are just a few of the people who are interviewed about the actress and each of them have some pretty good stories to tell. It's pretty clear that Crawford had a very troubled childhood and this here probably helped her strong work ethics, which of course had her working in Hollywood for over fifty-years. It's rather interesting seeing how Crawford would change from one decade to the next and there's a good rundown of the type of characters she was playing in the silent era, the 30s Depression era and on through her career. We get a lot of behind-the-scenes talk from her most famous films including some rather creepy (or funny) stories from her working with Bette Davis on WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE. The Mommie Dearest book is discussed a bit and the majority of the people claim that they never saw any abuse. It should be noted that Sherman had given interviews saying he did witness the abuse but he's not asked about it in this documentary. With that said, at just 53-minutes this thing can't get into great detail about her career but fans should still enjoy hearing the stories.

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