The Joan Crawford Chronicle


Joan vacations in the Bahamas with daughters, Cathy and Cindy.

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

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 premiere of the film “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 appears 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.​​

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 an awards luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

April 5: Joan attends the 37th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California and presents George Cukor with the Best Director Award for "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.​​​​

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 stay, she has dinner at the Governor's mansion. For dinner, Joan has steak tartare and a salad.​

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

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

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

June: Joan and Frank Sinatra present awards at an awards luncheon in Los Angeles, California.
     Guests at the luncheon include actor George Chandler and ​producer Joseph E. Levine.

June: Joan vacations for a week in Wisconsin with Alfred Lunts 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, selling autographed notepaper, calendars and postcards to fans.

June 8: Joan attends a Pepsi-Cola civic function.

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

Mid-June: Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay merge to become “PepsiCo Inc.”
     ​Joan is not elected a director of "PepsiCo Inc", however remains a director of "Pepsi-Cola Co." which becomes a subsidiary of "PepsiCo. Inc."
     Following the company's merger, Joan purchases the first 100 shares.​

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

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

July 8: Joan arrives in New York from her stay in Ottawa, Canada with Franchot Tone.​​

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 stay, Joan hosts a Barcardi Rum and Pepsi-Cola-sponsored "Swizzle Rum" cocktail party and hosts a media press conference on behalf of Pepsi-Cola.

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, New York resident, is in Los Angeles ​​filming episodes of his television show "Ben Casey". 
September 24: Joan tapes her appearance for "Hollywood Palace".​​

September 27: Sheilah Graham reports Joan will star in London for British producer Sidney Box in "The Lonely", in which Joan will portray a character that is "very rich American woman".​​

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 gameshow "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 home several hours prior. Joan arrives to Kilgallen's Manhatten apartment to find police.

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.​

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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