Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977) born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actress in film, television and theatre. Starting as a dancer in travelling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, Crawford’s fame rivalled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Crawford staged a comeback by starring in Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Joan retired in 1970, after making a British horror film called Trog. Crawford was voted the tenth greatest female star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute.
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