​​The Joan Crawford Chronicle


Joan vacations in the Bahamas with her twin daughters Cathy and Cynthia.

Mid-January: Joan has dinner with Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. ​​

February: Joan appears on “Girl Talk”. During the show, Joan drinks Pepsi-Cola, and pours the beverage into the other guests’ cups.

February: Joan is chosen to re-christen Times Square "Damon Runyon Square" at a ceremony in preparation for the film "Lord Jim."

February 8: Joan attends the premiere of the play "Friday Night" at the Pocket Theater in New York City.​​

Mid-February: Joan is voted "Most Fascinating Actress" by the Vivian Woodard cosmetic company.

February 21: Joan attends the Air Force Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The ball's guest of honor is the recently retired General Curtis LeMay.​​

February 23: It’s reported Joan has made over $250,000 in proceeds from her share of the film percentages on “Strait-Jacket”.​​

February 25: Joan attends the premiere of "Lord Jim." Proceeds from the premiere are to assist the Damon Runyon Fund.
     At the premiere, Joan and John Daily interview the arriving celebrities for "The Les Crane Show" in New York.

Early March: Joan gives an interview to John Kobel in her apartment in New York.​​​​

March 2: Joan receives the New York City USO's first "Woman of Year" award. Joan presented the award by Mary G. Roebling, the co-chairman of the New York chapter. Entertainment for the award presentation include Comedy team Allen & Rossi and Metropolitan Opera singer Blanche Thebom.​

March 3: Joan arrives in Los Angeles, California. Joan remains in California until April 6th.

March 4: Joan acts as the master of ceremonies at the film premiere of “Lord Jim” at the Lowe State Theater in Los Angeles, California.
​Proceeds from event go to Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  
Joan and Ted Meyer appear on KHJ-TV as host to the telecast of the premiere of the film “Lord Jim."

March 7: Joan travels from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, California for a vacation.

March 11: Joan has dinner with Leo Jaffe at the Palm Springs Racquet Club.​

March 19: Joan returns to Los Angeles from Palm Springs.​​

Mid-March: Joan attends a Pepsi-Cola board meeting.​​

March 24: Joan is added by producer Joe Paster to be a presenter at the Academy Awards Ceremony on April 5, 1965.

Early-April: Joan presents a $2,000 check to the Boy’s Club of Santa Barbara, California.​​

April 2: Joan presents Joseph E. Levine with the "Publicist's Award" at the second annual Hollywood Publicists Guild luncheon in the Crystal Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel i​n Beverly Hills, California. Among the attendees are Frank Sinatra and George Stevens, jr.

April 5: Joan attends the 37th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California, and presetnsthe year's "Best Director" award to George Cukor  for the film "My Fair Lady."

April 6: Joan departs California for North Carolina.​​

April 9: Joan visits Charlotte, North Carolina on Pepsi-Cola business.

April 10: Joan returns to New York.​​​​

April 14: Joan appears on television on the program "Hollywood 63" ​​(a.k.a. "Hollywood Backstage"). This is a recorded interview of Joan from April 2nd when Joan attended the Hollywood Publicists Guild luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Mid-April: Joan travels to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend a Pepsi-Cola bottler's convention and to present awards at the K​​aiser Foil All-Male Cookout Championship. During Joan's Hawaii visit, she has dinner at the Governor's mansion. For dinner, Joan has steak tartare and a salad.​

April 26: Joan announces Glen D. Adams of New Jersey as the winner of the Pepsi-Cola sponsored Kaiser Foil Cookout Competition in the Hilton Hawaiian Villages' Tapa Room. As first-place winner Adams receives $10,000. The three runners up receive a 1965 Jeep station wagon. 

Early-May: Joan travels to Los Angeles from Palm Springs, California.
May: Joan attends the Supermarket Institute's 28th annual convention in Chicago, Illinois. During the convention, Joan gives a speech to the convention's audience of over 2,000 attendees.​​ Joan's speech is a tribute to the merchandising abilities of the food marketers, and the need for the constant flow of new ideas to meet tomorrow's marketing challenges.

Joan hosts a USO benefit auction sponsored by the Newspaper Comics Council.

May 8: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of the new Pepsi-Cola plant in Paducah, Kentucky. ​​

May 9: Joan​​ attends the McCormick Place supermarket convention in Chicago, Illinois. ​
     ​During her visit to Chicago, Joan visits her daughter, Christina, who is performing in the play "The Hasty Heart" at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in nearby St. Charles, Illinois. 

May 10: Joan travels to New York.​​

May 14: "I Saw What You Did" ​​opens in a limited release in two theaters in St. Paul, Minnesota. ​​

May 14 (#2): Joan appears on "The Tonight Show" with host Johnny Carson. During her appearance, Joan promotes  "I Saw What You Did" and Vivian Woodward cosmetics. ​​

Mid-May: Joan accepts the board chairmanship of advisers position of the ANTA Academy Board Of Performing Arts.​​

May 18: Joan hosts an art exhibit opening's gala and cartoon art auction at the World House Gallery in New York City. ​​Over 400 guests attend the gala, which is sponsored by the Newspaper Comics Council to benefit the USO organization. Of the art pieces auctioned, a painting of Charlie Brown and Snoopy by artist Charles Schultz is purchased by Stan Lee. The exhibit runs until May 22nd.

Late-May: Joan vacations for two weeks in Palm Springs, California.​​

June: Joan vacations for a week in Wisconsin with Alfred Lunt and family. ​​

Early June: While having lunch in 21 in New York, Joan see actress Carol Lawrence come in and has a restaurant captain give Lawrence a note which reads; "Dear Miss Lawrence, you are the most beautiful woman, dancer, singer and actress. My deep, deep admiration"​​.
     Lawrence sends a note back to Joan that reads; "Just when I was about to ask for your autograph, and
​now I have it".​

June 2: Joan volunteers for the UNICEF sales booth at the World’s Fair in Queens, New York. Joan sells autographed notepaper, calendars and postcards.

June 4: Joan assists organizing the City of Hope's annual "Hope Sunday" pledge drive which takes place on this date. The pledge drive is to seek support for the free, nonsectarian City of Hope's program for free patient care and medical research. Joan is the southern Californian chairman of the organization. 

June 6: Joan attends the annual Pepsi-Cola stock holder's meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. Joan and fellow Pepsi-Cola board members and executives arrive in Wilmington via train at 11:36 a.m. After arrival Joan has lunch at the Hotel du Pont, followed by a press conference.
     The stockholder's meeting takes place at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilmington Trust Co. building. The meeting includes a vote by shareholders to merge Pepsi-Cola with Frito-Lay to form "PepsiCo Inc." ​​​A 51% vote in favor of the merger is needed, and is obtained. ​On June 8th, Frito-Lay stockholders hold a similar vote.
     Joan travels back to New York City following the meeting, departing Wilmington at 4:41 p.m.

June 8: Joan attends a Pepsi-Cola civic function.
     Frito-Lay stockholders vote to merge the company with Pepsi-Cola to form "PepsiCo Inc." An 80% vote in favor of the merger is needed, and is obtained. 

June 11: Joan attends and speaks at the commencement festivities of the Nate B. and Frances Spingold Arts Center at Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts. Other attendees include; Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne and director John Ford.​​

June 12: Joan attends a ribbon cutting dedication for the new $3.5 million Spingold Art Center for the performing arts at Brandeis University. 

Mid-June: Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay officially merge to become “PepsiCo Inc.”
     The appointed president of PepsiCo Inc. is Pepsi-Cola president Donald M. Kendall, with Frito-Lay president Herman W. Lay​ appointed as the chairman of the board. Joan is not elected as a director of PepsiCo Inc., however remains a director of "Pepsi-Cola" which becomes a subsidiary of "PepsiCo. Inc."
​In 1966, Joan is voted onto the board of directors of Frito-Lay​.

     Following the June 1965 merger of the two companies, Joan purchases the first 100 shares of stock in the newly formed "PepsiCo Inc."​​

June 18: Joan signs a $10,000 contract to host an episode of  “Hollywood Palace,” which is scheduled to air on television in October.

Early July: Joan visits with ex-husband, Franchot Tone, at his home in Ottawa, Canada.​​

July 8: Joan and Franchot Tone arrive in New York from their vacation together in Ottawa, Canada.

July 12: Joan is honored as "Most Gracious Hostess of The Year" by Oneida Silver.​​

July 15: Joan travels from New York to the Grand Bahamas Island for New York's "Couture Group's National Press Week.​​

July 16-17: Joan attends Couture Group's 45th National Press Week at the Lucayan Beach Hotel & Casino in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
     ​During her visit, Joan hosts a Barcardi Rum and Pepsi-Cola-sponsored "Swizzle Rum" cocktail party and hosts a media press conference.

July 18: Joan returns to New York from the Bahamas.​​

July 21: I Saw What You Did” is released nationwide. For further details about this film, click here.​

July 21-24: Joan and fellow co-stars AndI Garrett and Sarah Lane make personal appearances for "I Saw What You Did" at 15 of the 26 theaters in the metropolitan New York area.

July 25: Joan travels from New York to Taormina, Italy to attend the Tarormina Film Festival held at the Ancient Greek Theater in Sicily, Italy. 

August 2: Joan attends the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy. A screening of "I Saw What You Did" is shown.
     ​Joan is honored as a guest of honor at the festival and is presented with an award for her contributions to the film industry.

August 2: “I Saw What You Did“ is shown at the Taormina Film Festival.

September 8-11: Joan serves on the panel of judges for the “Miss America Pageant” at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

September 12: Joan attends the 17th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in New York.
     Joan and actor Melvyn Douglas accept the Best Actress & Actor Awards for Lynn Fontanne, and Alfred Lunt.

September 13: Joan packs for a trip to Los Angeles.​​

September 14: Joan arrives in Los Angeles.​​

September 23: In Los Angeles, California, Joan rehearses for her appearance on "Hollywood Palace."

September 23 (#2):​​ Joan has dinner with ex-husband Franchot Tone. Tone, a Manhattan resident, is in Los Angeles during the ​​filming of "Ben Casey."
September 24: Joan tapes her appearance for "Hollywood Palace."

September 27: Sheilah Graham reports Joan will star in London for British film producer Sidney Box in "The Lonely." It's reported Joan will portray a character who is "very rich American woman" in the film.

Early-October: Joan suffers from a bout of Bursitis.

October 9: Joan’s appearance on “Hollywood Palace” airs on ABC. Joan performs a dramatic reading, written for her by Milton Geiger. Other guests include singers Jack Jones and Joanie Sommers.

October 12: Joan attends the ribbon-cutting at Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts ​​for the "Joan Crawford Dance Studio."

October 13: Joan attends the 35th annual convention of Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors held at the Penn-Sheraton Hotel in Pittsburgh. During the convention, Ann-Margret is named "Star of the Year," and Martin Ranaohoff  is named "Producer of the Year” by the theater owners of America.

October 20: Joan is presented an award of achievement at the Salute To Women In Business banquet McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The dinner is hosted by the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce, and began at 5:30 P.M.

October 23:​​ Joan attends the opening of a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Columbus, Ohio.
​     Joan is accompanied by Pepsi-Cola president Donald Kendall and Pepsi-Cola executive James B. Somerall.
October 30: Joan attends a Pepsi-Cola plant dedication ceremony in Rochester, New York from 10:30 am to 4 pm.
     ​The event offers free Pepsi and prizes to the public. 

November: Joan announces she has promised Brandeis University President, Dr. Abraham L. Sacher, that she is Willing her library, including some 140 scrapbooks, volumes written and autographed by famed theatrical personalities, as well as the Academy Award she won in 1945 for her role in "Mildred Pierce” to Brandeis University.

November: Joan meets her future interior designer and friend Carleton Varney at the New York Coliseum's "Dummer's Inn" restaurant, when she attends the unveiling of the newly constructed and decorated restaurant.
     ​Pepsi-Cola sponsored the restaurant's construction and ​​decoration, which was performed by Varney. (Source: Carleton Varney)

November: Joan attends the American Cola Bottling Convention in Miami, Florida.​​

November 2: Joan tapes an appearance on the television game show "To Tell The Truth." Joan appears with Dorothy Kilgallen and Arlene Francis.
​The women all were masked and the show's panel must determine who is the real Joan Crawford.

November 8: Joan's appearance on "To Tell The Truth" airs on television.
     It is reported in the biography "Kilgallen" by Lee Israel ​that Joan was to have lunch with reporter Dorothy Kilgallen on this day, however, Kilgallen had been found dead in her Manhattan home several hours prior. Joan arrives at Kilgallen's Manhatten apartment to find the police investigating Kilgallen's death.

November 9: Joan is prepared to appear on "The Merv Griffin Show," however, as she is dressing for her appearance on the show that evening, the 1965 New York City Blackout occurs, and the show, which was filmed in New York, is canceled.​​

November 14: Joan and Sammy Davis jr. co-host the U.S.O. "GoGo Show" benefit at Madison Square Garden.
    ​Celebrities who attend include; Red Buttons, Carroll Baker, Johnny Carson, Peter Falk, Alan King and Steve Lawrence.
​December: Joan attends the opening of the 17 story Frito-Lay Tower in ​​Dallas' Diversa Exchange Park.
     Joan is awarded the "Hetty Green Oscar" for her "outstanding performance as an internationally-recognized leader among women in business."​
     Joan is elected to the board of directors of Frito-Lay Inc.​

December 7: Joan is presented with a March of Dimes' golden key in Dallas, Texas. The key is presented to Joan by five years old Nancy Kelly, who is the county's mascot of the March of Dimes charity organization. ​​

Mid-December: Joan negotiates starring in an episode of Hope Picture’s "Chrysler Theater."

December 27: Joan signs a contract to play “Diane Miles” in Bob Hope’s "Chrysler Theater” episode “Every Day Is Mother’s Day," scheduled to begin filming on January 4th, 1966.

December 30: Due to time restraints and scheduling, Universal producer, Frank Rosenberg, decides to delay Joan’s scheduled filming of “Every Day Is Mother’s Day” until late January 1966.

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