​​The Joan Crawford Chronicle


​​Late January:
Joan meets and has lunch with producers Carlo Ponti and Joseph E. Levine in regard to starring in the film “The Idol."
      For more details regarding Joan's involvement with this production, visit the here.

January: Joan meets with Bette Davis backstage at the Royale Theater in New York during a performance of "Night Of The Iguana" in regard to the possibility of them co-starring together in "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?"

Mid-January: Joan travels to southern Florida.​ on Pepsi-Cola business.

January 20: It’s announced that Joan has sign-on to star in "Lady In A Cage."

Late-February: Joan vacations in Barbados.

March 3: Escorted by George Nader, Joan attends a party given in her honor which is hosted by producer Aaron Spelling.

March 5: Joan attends the 19th annual Hollywood Foreign Press dinner.

March 6: Joan travels to San Francisco, California on a Pepsi-Cola trip.​​ While in San Francisco, Joan stays at the Fairmont Hotel.

March 7: ​Joan travels from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii to represent Pepsi-Cola at the annual Kaiser Cookout Competition. 

March 8: Joan attends a cocktail party given in her honor at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.​​

March 10: Joan attends the Kaiser Foil Cookout Competition. ​​

March 12: Joan presents the Kaiser Foil Cookout Competition winner and the runner ups with their prizes at the awards banquet in the Ale Ale Kai Room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.​​

March 13: Joan attends the mahimahi luncheon ​​at the Hilton Hawaii Village's Long House. During the luncheon Joan introduces the new board of directors of Pepsi-Cola. The luncheon is attended by 250 people, including Pepsi-Cola dignitaries and those attending the Kaiser Cookout festivities. 

March 14: Joan flies from Honolulu, Hawaii to Los Angeles, California.

March 15: Joan flies from Los Angeles to New York, where she begins repacking for a Pepsi-Cola business trip to Akron, Ohio.​​​​

March 17: Joan arrives in Akron, Ohio where she will spend the next three days. During her stay, Joan lodges at the Sheraton Hotel.
In the evening Joan attends a dinner party at the Rosemont Country Club in Akron. The dinner is hosted by Julian and Rose Darsky​​.

March 18: Joan attends various social cocktail parties and engagements in Akron, Ohio.​

March 19: Joan commentates a luncheon and style show at the Jewish Center in Akron, Ohio. ​​The luncheon is in honor of "Women's Day."

March: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola plant in Nassau, The Bahamas.​​​

April: Carlo Ponti announces Joan is the top contender for the female lead in the film "The Idol."

April 6: Joan arrives in Los Angeles, California.

April 9: Joan is escorted by Cesar Romero and daughter Cindy to The Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California. At the ceremony, Joan presents the "Best Actor" award to Maximilian Schell for his performance in “Judgment At Nuremberg."

April 10: Joan has lunch with producer Luther Davis and director Ralph Nelson to discuss arraignments for the film "Lady In A Cage."​​

May 2: Joan attends Pepsi-Cola’s annual shareholders meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, whereby her salary was criticized by shareholders following her new five-year contract with Pepsi-Cola.

     ​In Joan's contract (signed in the fall of 1961) Joan's compensation for being a public relations officer for the company is as follows: 
  • $35,000 annually the first two years, and ​$50,000 the last three years. 
  • $3,600 annually as a director of the company.
     Pepsi President, Herbert L. Barnet said "What we pay her is peanuts. The agreement was reached on a fair business basis." citing that Joan "works all day, day in and day out for Pepsi.​"

May 9: Joan and Bette Davis sign their contracts for "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" (Click here to read the contracts in their entirely)

Mid-May: Joan has a friendly visit with Mercedes McCambridge whereby the two women agree to put aside any animosity they once held for each other.

May 19: Joan attends the Preakness Stakes Horse Races held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. ​Following the race, Joan has dinner with Columbia Pictures president Leo Jaffe and Pimlico track owner Louis Panfeld.

May 22: Joan attends a party for Pepsi-Cola in Barcelona, Spain.​​

May 23: Joan arrives in Rome, Italy.

Late May: Joan's former "The Story of Esther Costello" co-star Rossano Brazzi hosts a dinner for Joan and Pepsi-Cola executives at a restaurant in Rome.
​However, shortly afterword, all of the guests complain of fish ​poisoning from the dinner.

May 30: Joan attends a press conference for Pepsi-Cola at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice, Italy ​.

June 1: Joan arrives in Madrid, Spain.​​

June 3: Joan arrives in Barcelona, Spain.​​

June 7: Joan is guest of honor at a festival on the "El Soto" farm, where she attends a bullfight. (June 4th is also noted as the date of this event)

June 13 (#1): Joan arrives in New York City from London, England.​

June 13 (#2): Joan appears on Italy's RAI-TV’s film segment “Cinema D’Oddi" in a pre-recorded appearance.

June 16: Joan arrives in Los Angeles, California to begin work on “The Caretakers."

June 20: During an interview, Joan quips she is tired of news stories of the length of her career and her durability, saying "As early as 1954 they were calling me 'The Last Movie Queen'. I'm no queen. I started as a hoofer in a chorus line and by hard work and good breaks became, I hope, an actress” and credits her college dean "Daddy Woods” with much of her determination to succeed in Hollywood.

June 22: Joan attends a reception honoring her return to Hollywood at Lucey's restaurant on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Windsor ​Street in Hollywood.
The entire cast of "The Caretakers" attend, as well as many other notable celebrities.

July: Joan receives five scripts for “The Dick Powell Show” from producer Aaron Spelling, of which she is to select two scripts for her to film.
​Ultimately, Joan never guest stars on the show.

July 6: Joan's autobiography "A Portrait of Joan" is released by Double Day. ​The book is on the best seller's list in Los Angeles during its first week of publication.

July 6 (#2): Joan attends an autograph party ​​for "A Portrait of Joan" at the May Co. Wilshire building in Los Angeles, California from 2:30 pm till 3:30 pm.

July 14: Joan completes her scenes for "The Caretakers."

Mid-July: Joan films television trailers for the film “Requiem For A Heavyweight," even though she does not appear in the film nor had any involvement with its production. Joan states her reason for doing the trailers is because "I just think it is such a beautiful picture.”

July 16: Joan meets with Bette Davis and Robert Aldrich for discussions on “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?"

July 16 (#2): Joan and Bette Davis have dinner with columnist Hedda Hopper.​​ (Source: "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star")

July 18: Joan, Bette Davis and Robert Aldrich pose for photos with Jack Warner in the "trophy room" on the Warner Brothers studio.​​
​(Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)

July 23: Filming begins on “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?” at 9 A.M. at the Producer's Studios. (Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)

July 24: A parakeet borrowed for use in “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?” gets out of it’s cage and remains in the catwalk of the studio, where crew members had to coach the bird down for scenes involving it on July 26.

Mid-August: Joan's twin daughters return home from summer camp.​​

August 18: Joan writes to biographer Jane Kesner Ardmore informing her that during filming of "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" that she and Bette Davis eat lunch alone in their individual dressing rooms.​​

September 5: Joan and Bette Davis pose for photographer Milton Greene for publicity photos for "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?"

September 10: Joan completes filming on "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" and leaves for New York City in preparation to attend the dedication ceremonies of two new Pepsi-Cola bottling plants in Ogdensburg, New York and Robinson, Illinois.

September 12: Joan attends the dedication ceremony for a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Ogdensburg, New York.
     ​Joan is accompanied by Pepsi president Herbert L. Barnett and Canadian Pepsi-Cola president Frank W. McIntosh. 

September 12 (#2): Principal photography filming completes on "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?." ​​(Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)
Joan had completed her scenes on September 10th.​

​September 13: Joan travels to Robinson, Illinois to attend the dedication ceremony for a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant.

September 14: Joan attends the dedication ceremony for a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Robinson, Illinois.​​

​September 14 (#): The Wrap party for "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" is held on the film's sound stage. (Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)
​     Joan doesn't attend being that she had already left California for New York City on September 10th.​

September 30: Joan agrees to allow Bette Davis first billing for “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?” Saying “Bette has the bigger part and deserves it, but our names will come on the same line.”

October 1: Joan appears on the premiere episode of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” along with Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks, and announcer Ed McMahon.
     A reporter said of the episode; “Tony Bennett is an excellent singer, but he didn't talk much, and Mel Brooks talked a lot without making too much headway. Joan Crawford provided a charming interlude. There were some interesting pictures of her during earlier days." 

October 9: Joan attends the premiere of "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" at the Tower East Theater in New York.
     Joan is late to the showing but the film's producer, Joseph E. Levine, held the film until Joan's arrival, which drew cheers from on-looking fans when Joan stepped out of her limo.​​

October 12: Joan donates autographed copies to the first annual Marymount College Book Fair​​, held October 12-14 at the Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. 

October 14: Joan appears as a mystery guest-star on "What's My Line?"​​

October 17: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Cheverly, Maryland.​

October 18: Journalist Earl Wilson reports Joan is planning to take college business courses.​​

October 20: The first preview of "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" is held in Long Beach, California.(Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)​​

October 22: Joan attends an special invitational screening of "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" at the RKO 86th Street Theater in New York.​​ 
     The invitation extended to Warner Bros. east coast executives and publicity staff.​ 
Joan attends the screening accompanied by Pepsi-Cola executives.​

October 25: Joan leaves New York City on promotional trips for "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" and "A Portrait of Joan.
     Cities included on Joan's travel itinerary until November 20th are: Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, St Louis and Memphis ​

November: Joan backs-out of “Lady In A Cage” after the production faces financing troubles and her agreed salary can no longer be met. 
     Joan publicly cites she declined the role to avoid type-casting, being that she had recently portrayed a character in similar circumstances in "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" For more details regarding Joan's involvement in this production, click here.

November: Joan is approached to guest-star on “The Virginian” in the episode “The Man Who Wouldn't Die,” however, she declines due to scheduling  conflicts with her Pepsi-Cola commitments.

November 5: Joan, Bette Davis and Robert Aldrich host a press party at “21” in New York. ​​The cocktail party is attended by producers with Seven Arts.

November 7: "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" opens nationally in America. For further details about the film, click here.​

​​November 12: Joan attends an autograph session of her autobiography "A Portrait of Joan" starting at 2:00 pm at Goldsmith's department store in Memphis, Tennessee.​

November 26: Joan attends a Pepsi-Cola convention at the Queen Anne Hotel in Montreal, Canada.
     ​While in Montreal, ​Joan also promotes "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" and her autobiography "A Portrait of Joan."

November 30: Joan autographs copies of her autobiography "A Portrait of Joan" at ​​Strawbridge's department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

December 12: Joan appears on the game show “Password” with Barry Nelson. During her appearance, Joan promotes her films "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" and "The Caretakers."

December 13: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola plant in Muncie, Indiana​​.

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