May 21: Joan is the guest of honor at a luncheon for the new life-members of Brandeis University.
Early June: Joan suddenly backs out of filming "The Bastard" days before filming is to begin in Madrid, Spain. Joan is later sued for breach of contract by the film's producer Turi Vasile. Rita Hayworth is hired to replace Joan in the role.
June: Joan sells her apartment at 2 East 70th Street in New York with plans to purchase another apartment on Fifth Avenue, but ultimately purchases an apartment in Imperial House on 69th street in new York. Joan doesn't fully move from the 2 East 70th street apartment until November.June: "The Films of Joan Crawford" by Lawrence J. Quirk is published.June 3-7: Joan acts as auctioneer on a televised charity auction each day beginning at 1PM.Mid-June: Joan dines with ex-husband, Franchot Tone at Cafe Chauveron in New York.
Early July: Joan has dinner with her daughter Christina, Leo Jaffe and wife and friend Frances Spingold.July 6: Joan represents Pepsi-Cola at the 14th annual Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. During the evening presentations, as Joan is making a long introduction for Duke Ellington, she is interrupted by some of the audience members when they became impatient and yells for Joan to "wrap it up!" Joan yells back for the yelling audience members to "Shut up!" and threatens to walk off the stage if not shown respect, to which the audience applauds.
Joan finishes her introduction speech in a shacking voice, but not before Duke Ellington appears onstage and gently escorts Joan off the stage.Late-July: Joan attends a Pepsi-Cola civic function in North Carolina.
August: Joan serves as a grand marshal at the 1968 Seattle Seafair in Seattle, Washington.August: Joan purchases apartment 22G in Imperial House at 150 E. 69th Street in New York for $500,000.00. (Source: Carleton Varney)
Joan hires interior decorator Carleton Varney to decorate the Imperial House apartment. August 10: Joan's daughter Cathy marries Jerome LaLonde in a wedding ceremony in Alexander Bay, New York.
Pepsi board chairman Herbert Barnet walked Cathy down the aisle.August 28: Joan commentates a Millinery Institute Fashion show at 2:30 P.M. on the seventh floor of the Jordan Mash Department store in Boston, Massachusetts. The fashion show is followed by an informal meet and greet autograph signing by Joan in the store's Millinery Salon.September 1: Joan appears on Jerry Lewis' MDA telethon in New York with daughter Christina.September 6: Joan appears as a guest on Virginia Graham's "Girl Talk" with Colleen Moore.September 7: Joan appears on the "Miss America" Beauty Pageant to speak on behalf of Pepsi-Cola's sponsorship of the pageant.September 10: Joan commentates a Millinery Institute fashion show at the J. L. Hudson Co department store in Detroit, Michigan. At the fashion show, Joan wears a white dress with a close, all over pattern of bright pink, emerald green and blue sequins, along with a matching jacket, bonnet turban and gloves, and a diamond and emerald necklace. In a press conference following the fashion show, Joan is presented with a bouquet of red roses by Joe Sloan, the 1968 poster child of the Muscular Dystrophy association. During Joan's visit in Detroit, she stays at the Sheraton Cadillac Hotel.September 16: Joan commentates a Millinery fashion show at 2:00 p.m. in the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to the fashion show, Joan makes an appearance in the store's Grand Court at 12:15 p.m. Also, while in Philadelphia on this day, Joan receives the first presidential citation from the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association during their 16th annual convention at the Marriott Motor Inn. The award is for Joan's promotional work for food and beverages during the past year.September 17: Joan appears as a guest on "The Merv Griffin Show".
Other guests are Soupy Sales, singer Jimmy Dean and author Thomas Wolfe. September 18: Joan films her appearance on "The Mike Douglas Show". Carleton Varney and daughter Christina accompany Joan to the taping. Shortly after the show's taping, Joan receives news that her ex-husband, Franchot Tone, has died at his home in Canada.
September 24: Joan travels to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 25: Joan commentates a Millinery Institute of America fashion show at Kaufman's department store in the eleventh floor dining room in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fashion show commences at 3:30 p.m. and is followed by Joan signing autographs in the store's Forecast Millinery Salon on the forth floor. For the fashion show, Joan wears a bright gold/yellow color dress with matching gloves and bubble hat, and accented by green jewelry.
September 25 (#2): Joan travels from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Marion, Virginia.September 27: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of the Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Marion, Virginia.October: Joan begins preparations for her move from her apartment on 2 East 70th Street to her new apartment in Imperial House.October (#2): Joan daughter, Christina, divorces her husband, Harvey Medlinsky.October 4: Joan holds a press conference and a noon luncheon on the opening day of the "Worlds Food Exposition" held at the Dane County Fairground in Madison, Wisconsin.October 7: Joan cancels her appearance at the Madison, Wisconsin Food Expo Convention on this day due to illness. Joan was schedule to present the opening of the Satellite Kitchen demonstration program at the convention. Bert Parks substitutes in Joan's absence.
In Joan's telegram to the convention she says; "How sad I am that, on doctor's advice, I cannot be with you for your wonderful World Food Expo '68. Please believe that my thoughts will be with you and my good friend Bert Parks during the exciting hours which lie ahead."October 10: Joan cancels her schedule appearance on this day at the "Galaxy" fashion show and reception at the Cincinnati Convention/Exposition Center in Cincinnati, Ohio due to illness. Arlene Dahl substitutes for Joan as the show's commentator. The show is sponsored by the Cincinnati section of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Millinery Institute of America. October 15: Joan's daughter, Christina, becomes terribly ill after waking in the morning, and calls Joan to get a doctor.
Joan sends her Los Angeles secretary, Betty Barker, (who was in New York at the time) to Christina's apartment with a doctor, who calls for an ambulance.
Shortly thereafter, Christina undergoes an emergency surgery to remove an ovarian tumor.
Joan later volunteers to stand-in for her daughter on the CBS television soap-opera "The Secret Storm." stating she'll take no pay for her appearance, saying "I'll do it for nothing, but I'm afraid they'll have to give me scale. I'll pay my hairdresser with my scale." October 18: Joan begins rehearsals for her appearance on "The Secret Storm".
It's publicly announced Joan will fill-in for daughter Christina on "The Secret Storm".
October 19: Joan cancels appearing at a Pepsi plant opening ceremony in Greenville, South Carolina based on having a "serious cold."
Webmaster's note: On this weekend, Joan began rehearsals for "The Secret Storm", therefore, it is possible Joan did not attend the ceremony for this reason.October 19 (#2): Joan rehearses with "The Secret Storm" director, Gloria Monty, in her "Fifth Avenue" apartment in preparation for her taping on Sunday. Director, Gloria Monty is quoted as saying Joan did a wonderful job during the rehearsals in her apartment.
(Source: "Joan Crawford: A Biography" by Bob Thomas)October 20: Joan tapes her appearances for four episodes of "The Secret Storm". Director Gloria Monty believed Joan was drunk during the taping, citing that Joan was continuously drinking vodka throughout the day, slurring her speech and missing her cues. (Source: "Joan Crawford: A Biography" by Bob Thomas)
It should also be noted that Joan was recovering from the flu and her recent illness along with any medication she was proscribed could have contributed to her physical condition during the show's taping.
October 22: Joan attends a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria's Starlight Room to aid a convalescent home in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York.
At the luncheon, Joan serves as narrator for the film "Convalescent Home Story".October 25, 28, 29, 30: Joan appears on episodes of the daytime soap-opera "The Secret Storm" on CBS.
November 6: An auction of Joan's property is held at Sothey's "PB-84" in New York. The auction is to sell unneeded items in preparation of Joan's move from her Fifth Avenue apartment to Imperial House.
November 19: Joan is honored at an awards luncheon attended by 500 guests at the Biltmore Hotel in Washington, D.C. as part of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson's "Keep America Beautiful" campaign.
November 25: Joan signs copies of "The Films of Joan Crawford" at The St. Regis Hotel in New York.
November 26: Joan signs copies of "The Films of Joan Crawford" at Stern Brother's Department Store in New York from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Stern's third-floor "fur salon."
November 28: Joan departs New York on a business trip for Pepsi-Cola.
December 3: Joan speaks at the Broadcaster's Association convention in New Haven, Connecticut.
December 6: Joan serves as co-chairman for the 13th annual Karen Horney dinner dance in the Imperial Ballroom of the Americana in New York.
Proceeds will aid the Karen Horney Clinic, which offers psychiatric and psychoanalytic treatment to the underprivileged and conducts research with the American Institute for Psychoanalysis.
December 19: Actor/comedian Marty Allen announces he and Joan will soon do a feature film production together.
December 27: It is announced that Joan will play the role of real-life interior designer Dorothy Draper in the bio-film "Murder In Chintz". The story is about the interior design business, and written by Joan's interior designer, Carleton Varney.
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