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 detailed information 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?".
January 20: It’s announced that Joan has sign-on to star in "Lady In A Cage".
End Of February: Joan vacations in Barbados.
March: Joan opens a Pepsi-Cola plant in Nassau, The Bahamas.
March 2: Joan attends the Golden Globes ceremony.
March 3: Escorted by George Nader, Joan attends a party given in her honor which is hosted by producer Aaron Spelling.
Mid-March: Joan travels to San Francisco, California on a Pepsi-Cola trip. Joan then travels from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii to represent Pepsi-Cola at the annual Kaiser Cookout.
March 15: Joan flies from Honolulu to Los Angeles.
March 16: Joan flies from Los Angeles to New York to begin repacking for her 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, attends a dinner party at the Rosemont Country Club in Akron. The dinner is hosted by Julian and Rose Darsky.
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"
April: Carlo Ponti announces Joan is the top contender for the female lead in "The Idol”.
April 6: Joan arrives in Los Angeles.
April 9: Escorted by Cesar Romero, Joan attends The Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California. Joan presents the Best Actor Award to Maximilian Schell for his performance in “Judgment At Nuremberg”.
May 2: Joan attends Pepsi-Cola’s annual shareholders meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, where 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:
Pepsi President, Herbert L. Barnet said "What we pay her is peanuts. The agreement was reached on a fair business basis." citing Joan "works all day, day in and day out for Pepsi."
- $35,000 annually the first two years, and $50,000 the last three years.
- $3,600 annually as a director of the company.
May 9: Joan and Bette Davis sign their contracts for "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?". (Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)
Mid-May: Joan has a friendly visit with Mercedes McCambridge where the two women agree to put behind them any animosity they once had for each other.
May 22: Joan attends a party for Pepsi-Cola in Barcelona, Spain.
May 23: Joan arrives in Rome, Italy.
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: While in Italy, Joan appears as a guest on RAI-TV’s film segment “Cinema D’Oddi”.
June 16: Joan arrives in Los Angeles 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.
July: Joan receives five scripts for “The Dick Powell Show” from producer Aaron Spelling, of which she is to select two to star in.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 it's first week of publication.
July 6 (#2): Joan attends an "autograph party" at The May Company Wilshire building in Los Angeles from 2:30 pm - 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 it’s production. Joan stated her reason for doing so is "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 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 in preparation to attend the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Ogdensburg, New York.
September 12: Filming completes on "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?". (Source: Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud)
Joan had completed her scenes on September 10th.
September 12 (#2): Joan attends the dedication ceremony for a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Ogdensburg, New York.
Joan is accompanied by Pepsi president Herbert Barnett and Canadian Pepsi president Frank W. McIntosh.
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 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”, 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 was 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 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.
October 25: Joan leaves New York 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, along with 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 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".
December 12: Joan appears on the game show “Password” with Barry Nelson.
During the show, Joan promotes "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" and "The Caretakers".
December 13: Joan attends the opening of a new Pepsi-Cola plant in Muncie, Indiana.
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