​​The Joan Crawford Chronicle


January: It's reported that Joan is planning to produce several film projects.

January 3: Joan travels from Palm Springs, California to Los Angeles, California.​

​January 20:
Joan serves as Chairwoman of the 16th annual Animal Kingdom Ball at the Sheraton-East.
     ​The event is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

January 24: Joan is elected to the board of directors of Frito-Lay. Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola merged together in 1965 to form PepsiCo.

January 25: Joan arrives in Mexico City, Mexico for a Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Convention at the Hotel Maria Isabel.

Late-January: Joan is scheduled to film an episode of Bob Hope's "Chrysler Theater" entitled "Every Day Is Mother's Day."
     ​The episode is ultimately canceled.​​

February 11: Joan arrives in Palm Beach, Florida with maid, Mamacita at 4:00 pm on National Airlines flight #51.
     ​During Joan's visit, she stays with friend Frances Spingold at her house on Wells Road.
February 13: Joan serves as the honorary chairwoman of the 1966 Palm Beach "Heart Ball" and attends the "Friends of Brandeis" dinner in the Regency Room of Palm Beach Towers, where Joan is the guest of honor. More than 600 guests attend the benefit.

February 20: Joan is given a party by friend Frances Spingold in Palm Beach, Florida.​​

February 26: The governor of Florida announces February 26th to be "Joan Crawford Day" in the state of Florida.

     With Pepsi-Cola president, Donald Kendall, Joan attends the dedication of a new $2 million dollar Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Miami, Florida.
     ​The dedication takes place from 10:30 AM through 4:00 PM.

March: Joan travels to Mexico on Pepsi-Cola business.​​

March 8:​ Joan attends NAWGA's (National American Wholesale Grocers Association) 60th anniversary convention at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois.
During the convention, Joan is given a standing ovation during following her address to the 900 attendees at the convention. The sudject of Joan's speech was "The Pursuit of Excellence In Planning." NAWGA's president, Morris Lewis Jr. later described Joan's speech as "the highlight of our entire 60th anniversary meeting."
March 9: Joan appears as a guest on "The Merv Griffin Show", along with actors Robert Vaughn and John Wayne.

March 23: Joan attends a surprise birthday party for actor Marty Allen at the Gold Coin restaurant in New York. ​The party is organized and hosted by Allen's wife "Frenchy". ​Among the other guests are Soupy Sales​​, Joe Levine, Durwood Kirby and Steve Rossi.

Early April: Joan attends the grand opening of a Pepsi-Cola plant in Belgium.​​

April 14: Joan travels to London, England for the 39th annual Variety Clubs International fie-day convention, which begins on April 18th.
     ​While in London, England, rumors emerge of a romance between Joan and Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

April 16: Joan hosts the Variety Clubs convention opening luncheon in London.
     ​American Ambassador, David Bruce, is the guest of honor at the luncheon.​​

April 16 -17: ​​Joan and Earl Mountbatten co-host supper dances at Grosvenor House in London.

April 18: Joan attends a press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London.

April 20: On behalf of Variety Clubs International, Joan visits 10 Downing Street and has tea with British Prime Minister ​​Harold Wilson and his wife, Mary.

April 21:  Joan hosts ​​two parties for Variety Clubs International. One is held at the Hilton, and sponsored by Pepsi-Cola in honor of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

April 22: Joan attends the last day of the Variety Clubs International convention.
     ​Prince Phillip is awarded the Humanitarian Award for 1965, which is a solid-gold, heart-shaped emblem and a check in the amount of $280,000 for charitable causes in Britain.

April 22 (#2): Joan conducts a recorded interview for the British show "Cinema."

Middle-May: Joan travels to Belgium, Brussels and Antwerp to promote Pepsi-Cola.​​

Middle-May: Joan promotes Pepsi-Cola in Brussels, and visits the Sarma supermarket.​​​

May 16: Joan's daughter, Christina, obtains a marriage license in New York City to wed theater director Harvey Medlinsky.​

May 20: Joan acts as matron of honor at daughter Christina's wedding to Christina's former "Barefoot In The Park" director, Harvey Medlinsky.
​The ceremony is performed by supreme court justice Irwin E. Davidson in New York's Criminal Courts building. Pepsi-Cola president Herbert L. Barnet gives Christina away to the groom. After the service, Joan hosts a wedding party at 21 for the couple. Christina and Medlinsky later Honeymoon for ten days on Cape Cod.

May 21: Joan has dinner with Franchot Tone at Voison in New York City.​​

May 29: Joan receives an Honorary Associates In Arts Degree from Vernon Court Junior College in Newport, Rhode Island.
     This is the first honorary degree the school has given.
     Joan's daughters Cathy and Cynthia graduate on this day from the college.​​

June: Joan attends a fashion show at Hadden Hall in Atlantic City. The fashion show is presented during the Pennsylvania Bankers' Convention, and is sponsored by Strawbridge & Clothier's department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

June 1: Vernon Court Junior College in Newport, Rhode Island dedicates the new Joan Crawford Audio-Visual Center.
     ​ Joan receives an honorary Associate in Arts degree from the school. ​Joan's twin daughters, Cathy and Cindy, both recently graduated from Vernon Court.
June 4: Joan attends a luncheon at the General Federation of Women's Clubs Convention in Chicago, Illinois.​​ Also in attendance is actor Vincent Price.

June 7: Joan arrives in Dallas, Texas for a four-day stay and to attend the board of directors meeting of Frito-Lay Inc.​​​​

June 8:​​ Joan is the guest of honor at the Rotary Club of Dallas luncheon held in the Crystal Ballroom in the Baker Hotel.​​

June 18: Joan attends the opening of a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in San Antonio, Texas.​​ Joan is accompanied by Pepsi-Cola president James B. Somerall. 

June 30: Joan's daughter, Christina, appears on the Connecticut-based radio show "Point of View" with Ethel Kweskin to promote her play "The Midnight Ride of Alvin Blum," which debuts July 4th at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut

July: Producer Cy Chermak approaches Joan for a guest spot on an upcoming episode of "The Virginian," however, Joan declines due to scheduling conflicts.​

July: Joan's daughter, Cindy, has surgery for two herniated discs. Joan cancels all appointments until Cindy recovers.​​

Early-July: Joan travels to Bermuda on a trip for Pepsi-Cola.​

July 3: Joan appears as a mystery contestant on the television game show "What's My Line?"

July 4-9: Joan's daughter, Christina, performs in the play "The Midnight Ride of Alvin Blum" at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. ​

August: Joan negotiates with Murray J. King Productions to star in the film "You'll Hang, My Love" which is to be filmed in Spain.​​

Early August: Joan signs-on to star in "Circus of Terror." (Later re-titled "Circus of Blood," then re-titled "Berserk")​​

August 3: Joan attends a trade show in Chicago, Illinois.​​

September: British film company Hammer Films announces the film "Crescendo" as a new production scheduled to begin filming in April 1967, with Joan as a top contender for a prominent role in the film.

September 1: Joan makes an appearance at 1:30 p.m. at the first annual Ladies World Series of Golf at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio.

September 4: Joan appears on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy telethon, which is broadcast from the Americana Hotel in New York. The telethon airs from 10:00 pm on September 4th to 5:00 pm September 5th.
     Among those who also appear are; Jack Dempsey, Leona Horne, Adam West, Burt Ward, Marty Allen, Steve Rossi, Ed Sullivan, Liza Minelli​, Chubby Checker, Jerry Vale, Sidney Blackmer, Woody Allen, Soupy Sails, Jane Russell, Angela Lansbury, The Skylarks and Joan Rivers.

Early September: Joan is interviewed by Gene Edwards for Panorama's "Man On The Go."​​

September 10: Joan serves as one of eleven judges for the "Miss America Pageant" held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is the first year the pageant is telecast in color on NBC.

October: A business deal spearheaded by Joan between Pepsi-Cola and Columbia Pictures​​ ultimately doesn't come to fruition. ​

October 1: Joan travels to London, England to begin work on "Circus Of Blood," later re-titled "Berserk"​.

​​October 3: While at the Mansion House in London, Joan gives a check on behalf of Pepsi-Cola in the amount of $2,800 to Lord Mayor and Sir Lionel Denny for the benefit of the City of London's children charities.

October 4: Joan holds a press reception at the Grosvenor House in London, England. The reception is to promote the upcoming filming of "Berserk."

October 10: Filming begins in London, England on "Circus Of Blood" (later re-titled "Berserk")​​

October 10 (#2): Joan's daughter, Christina Crawford, appears on Virginia Graham's talk show "Girl Talk."
​Actress Lynn Redgrave and Kris Nelson also appears on ​the episode, which profiles children of actors who are also actors. 

October 20: Joan attends a performance of the Billy Smart's Circus in Blackheath, London.
    ​During this performance, much of the stock circus footage used in "Berserk" is filmed.

November 26: Joan is displeased to work filming "Berserk" on Thanksgiving Day. ​Due to the film being filmed in England, the American holiday isn't observed.​​

November 27: Joan completes filming on "Berserk".​​

Early December: Joan signs her contract for "You'll Hang, My Love"​​ which is scheduled to begin filming in Spain in January 1967.

December 8: Joan's daughter, Christina, appears on the television show "Girl Talk" with Virginia Graham. Christina discusses being an adopted child of a famous mother. Also appearing on the episode are Lynn Redgrave and singer Ricky Nelson's wife, Kris Nelson.​

Mid-December: Joan suffers from a slight cold.​

December 13: Joan is the guest of honor at the Variety Club's Christmas luncheon.

December 14: Joan meets with Len Leech, Pepsi-Cola's Vice-President for the Northern European Division, and hosts a Pepsi press conference at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, Ireland to announce plans for the company's expansion in 1967.

December 23: Joan arrives in New York City from her months-long trip to Europe.

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