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Letters to Joan Crawford

Title
Letters to Joan Crawford, 1972-1976.
Author
Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977.

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Description
(1 portfolio, 4 letters)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Correspondence.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Odyssey Group
Biography (note)
  • Joan Crawford was a film star whose career spanned five decades, from silent films onward, and who worked in many genres including drama, musicals, comedy, Westerns, and horror films, and who appeared on television as well.
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  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 2002-013
Author
Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977.
Title
Letters to Joan Crawford, 1972-1976.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
Consists of four letters written to Joan Crawford. Two letters are from costume designer Edith Head, thanking Joan for Christmas presents. One undated letter from actress Billie Burke congratulates Joan on an unspecified honor, perhaps her MILDRED PIERCE Oscar. A 1972 letter from Nancy Reagan thanks Joan for flowers, and expresses regret they couldn't meet.
Biography
Joan Crawford was a film star whose career spanned five decades, from silent films onward, and who worked in many genres including drama, musicals, comedy, Westerns, and horror films, and who appeared on television as well. While there is some question as to the year of her birth, the actress who became known as Joan Crawford was unquestionably born under the name Lucille Le Sueur in San Antonio, Texas. Entering films in 1925, Lucille was signed by MGM Studios where her name was changed. Her films include OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS (1928), RAIN (1932), GRAND HOTEL (1932), DANCING LADY (1933) with Clark Gable and Fred Astaire, and THE WOMEN (1939). A mid-career switch to Warner Brothers brought Crawford a Best Actress Academy Award for MILDRED PIERCE in 1945. Later roles brought diminishing returns, until a comeback performance in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? in 1962 led to a series of horror films. When Joan Crawford died in 1977 her age was given as 69, but she may have been in her early to mid 70s.
Added Author
Head, Edith.
Burke, Billie, 1885-1970.
Reagan, Nancy, 1921-2016.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2002-013
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