Joan Crawford (I) (1905–1977)

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Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1904, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs. She was a good... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce Beragon
The Damned Don't Cry Ethel Whitehead (Lorna Hansen Forbes)
Torch Song Jenny Stewart


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 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
Joan Fairchild
- Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death (1972) ... Joan Fairchild
 1970 The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Joan Crawford / Lillian Abbott / Diamond Thief
- Episode #1.3 (1970) ... Joan Crawford / Lillian Abbott / Diamond Thief
 1970 Trog
Dr. Brockton
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Stephanie White
- Nightmare (1970) ... Stephanie White
 1969 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Miss Claudia Menlo (segment "Eyes")
- Pilot (1969) ... Miss Claudia Menlo (segment "Eyes")
 1968 Journey to Midnight
Hostess (scenes deleted)
 1968 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Joan Borman Kane
- Episode dated 25 October 1968 (1968) ... Joan Borman Kane
- Episode dated 24 October 1968 (1968) ... Joan Borman Kane
- Episode dated 23 October 1968 (1968) ... Joan Borman Kane
- Episode dated 22 October 1968 (1968) ... Joan Borman Kane
- Episode dated 21 October 1968 (1968) ... Joan Borman Kane
 1968 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Joan Crawford
- Lucy and the Lost Star (1968) ... Joan Crawford
 1967 Berserk
Monica Rivers
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Amanda True
- The Five Daughters Affair: Part I (1967) ... Amanda True
 1966 The Oscar
Joan Crawford (uncredited)
 1965 Della
 1965 I Saw What You Did
Amy Nelson
 1964 Strait-Jacket
Lucy Harbin
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Morgan Harper
- Same Picture, Different Frame (1963) ... Morgan Harper
 1963 The Caretakers
Lucretia Terry
 1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Blanche Hudson
 1961 The Foxes (TV Movie)
Millicent Fox
 1959-1961 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Sarah / Melanie Davidson Hobbes / Stella Faring
- One Must Die (1961) ... Sarah / Melanie Davidson Hobbes
- Rebel Range (1959) ... Stella Faring
 1959 The Best of Everything
Amanda Farrow
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Ruth Marshall
- Strange Witness (1959) ... Ruth Marshall
 1959 The Joan Crawford Show: Woman on the Run (TV Movie)
Susan Conrad
 1954-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Ann Howard / Ruth Marshall / Mary Andrews
- And One Was Loyal (1959) ... Ann Howard
- Strange Witness (1958) ... Ruth Marshall
- The Road to Edinburgh (1954) ... Mary Andrews
 1957 The Story of Esther Costello
Margaret Landi
 1956 Autumn Leaves
Milly Wetherby
 1955 Queen Bee
Eva Phillips
 1955 Female on the Beach
Lynn Markham
 1954 Johnny Guitar
 1953 Torch Song
Jenny Stewart
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
Margaret Hughes
- Because I Love Him (1953) ... Margaret Hughes
 1952 Sudden Fear
Myra Hudson Blaine
 1952 This Woman Is Dangerous
Beth Austin
 1951 Goodbye, My Fancy
Agatha Reed
 1950 Harriet Craig
Harriet Craig
 1950 The Damned Don't Cry
Ethel Whitehead (Lorna Hansen Forbes)
 1949 It's a Great Feeling
Joan Crawford (uncredited)
 1949 Flamingo Road
Lane Bellamy
 1947 Daisy Kenyon
Daisy Kenyon Lapham
 1947 Possessed
Louise Howell
 1946 Humoresque
Helen Wright
 1945 Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce Beragon
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Joan Crawford
 1943 Above Suspicion
Frances Myles
 1942 Reunion in France
Michele de la Becque
 1942 They All Kissed the Bride
Margaret J. Drew
 1941 When Ladies Meet
Mary Howard
 1941 A Woman's Face
Anna Holm
 1940 Susan and God
Susan Trexel
 1940 Strange Cargo
 1939 The Women
Crystal Allen
 1939 The Ice Follies of 1939
Mary McKay
 1938 The Shining Hour
Olivia Riley
 1937 Mannequin
Jessie Cassidy
 1937 The Bride Wore Red
 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 12 (Documentary short)
Joan Crawford
 1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
Fay Cheyney
 1936 Love on the Run
Sally Parker
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Peggy Eaton
 1935 I Live My Life
 1935 No More Ladies
 1934 Forsaking All Others
Mary Clay
 1934 Chained
Diane Lovering
 1934 Sadie McKee
 1933 Dancing Lady
Janie Barlow
 1933 Today We Live
 1932 Rain
Sadie Thompson
 1932 Letty Lynton
Letty Lynton
 1932/I Grand Hotel
 1931 Possessed
Marian Martin
 1931 This Modern Age
Valentine Winters
 1931 Laughing Sinners
Ivy Stevens
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Joan Crawford
 1931 Dance, Fools, Dance
Bonnie Jordan
 1930 Great Day
Roadhouse Entertainer
 1930 Paid
Mary Turner
 1930 Our Blushing Brides
Jerry March
 1930 Montana Moon
Joan 'Montana' Prescott
 1929 Untamed
Bingo Dowling
 1929 Our Modern Maidens
Billie Brown
 1929 The Duke Steps Out
 1928 Dream of Love
Adrienne Lecouvreur
 1928 Our Dancing Daughters
Diana Medford
 1928 Four Walls
 1928 Across to Singapore
Priscilla Crowninshield
 1928 Rose-Marie
 1928 The Law of the Range
Betty Dallas
 1927/II West Point
Betty Channing
 1927 Spring Fever
Allie Monte
 1927 Twelve Miles Out
 1927 The Unknown
 1927 The Understanding Heart
Monica Dale
 1927 The Taxi Dancer
Joslyn Poe
 1927 Winners of the Wilderness
René Contrecoeur
 1926 WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926 (Short)
Joan Crawford
 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Court Gossip (uncredited)
 1926 Paris
The Girl
 1926 The Boob
Jane - A Revenue Agent
 1926 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Betty Burton
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1925 Sally, Irene and Mary
 1925 The Only Thing
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1925 Old Clothes
Mary Riley
 1925 The Circle
Young Lady Catherine
 1925 The Merry Widow
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
 1925 A Slave of Fashion
Mannequin (uncredited)
 1925 Pretty Ladies
Bobby - A Showgirl (as Lucille Le Sueur)
 1925 Proud Flesh
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1925 Lady of the Night
Molly (body double in various sequences) (uncredited)
 1923 The Casting Couch (Short)
Show Show Writer (9 credits)
Show Show Producer (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (23 credits)
Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (3 credits)
Show Show Makeup Department (1 credit)
Show Show Script and Continuity Department (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (credited as Lucille LaSoeur; Broadway debut) in "Onnocent Eyes" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music by Sigmund Romberg and Jean Schwartz. Book by Harold Atteridge. Lyrics by Harold Atteridge and Tot Seymour. Musical Director / Music orchestrated by Alfred Goodman. Additional music by J. Fred Coots and James F. Hanley. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 19 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 50 Articles | 16 Pictorials | 26 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billie Cassin | Miss Joan Crawford | Lucille Le Sueur


5' 3" (1.6 m)


Alfred Steele  (his death) | See more »


Christina Crawford | See more »


Thomas E. LeSueur | Anna Bell Johnson


Hal Le Sueur (sibling) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Sensitive husbands don't like second billing. I don't believe Franchot [Franchot Tone] ever for a moment resented the fact that I was a star. Possibly he resented Hollywood's refusal to let him forget it. There was never a doubt in my mind that his talent was greater than mine. See more »


Appeared alongside Diane Baker in three films: The Best of Everything (1959), Della (1965) and Strait-Jacket (1964). In the latter two, she played Baker's mother. See more »


Glamorous sense of fashion See more »


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