​​The Joan Crawford Chronicle


​​January 4: Joan's daughter, Christina, substitutes for her in presenting Chicago fashion editor/columnist Peg Zwecker with the 1968 Fashion Reporters Award - New York (aka The FRANY Award). The award is sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, and is presented to Zwecker, for the second consecutive year, during a black tie dinner at the Hotel Pierre during the 52nd National Press Week of the New York Couture in Chicago, Illinois.

​January 12: Joan attends a book publication party hosted by Earl and Rosemary Wilson at the El Morocco restaurant in New York for Jacqueline Susann's book "The Love Machine".  ​Among the 350 guests are; Ethel Merman, Andy Warhol, Joan's daughter, Christina, Joel McCrea and boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.
(Source: "Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann")

​​January 15: Joan attends the opening of Edith Head's exhibit of her costume designs; which opens at the Wright/Hepburn/Webster Gallery in New York City. 

Mid-January: Joan signs-on to star in an episode of the NBC series "Night Gallery," segment "Eyes".​​

January 22: Joan is given the "Rafael Ramos Cobian Achievement Award"​​ at the El San Juan Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
     ​The award is given by theater owner and film distributor Rafael Ramos Cobian in honor of Joan's contributions to the film industry.

Early February: Joan negotiates co-starring in a film with Marty Allen for Continental Films.

February 1: Joan arrives in Los Angeles, California to begin work on "Night Gallery."​

February 2: Joan meets with Steven Spielberg in her West Hollywood apartment to discuss "Night Gallery.
     ​Upon his arrival, Spielberg is greeted by Joan wearing a mask over her eyes to demonstrate her practice with maneuvering around a room as a blind person would. Afterward, Joan and Spielberg go out to eat at Lulu's in Hollywood. (Source: Steven Spielberg: A Biography)

February 3: Joan begins filming "Night Gallery."
     ​During filming Joan and co-star, Barry Sullivan, have difficultly reciting their lines and director Steven Spielberg places cue-cards around the set.
​Joan later recalled her experience on "Night Gallery" to a reporter, saying she adored Rod Serling and his writing "but his dialogue was the hardest to memorize. There's a rhythm to his words and if you change one of them, the rhythm is off and you can't remember."​​
     Filming concludes nine days later - two days over schedule. ​

February 5: While working on the set of "Night Gallery" Joan loses her equilibrium (caused by an inner ear cold).
     Joan ​credited her makeup-man, Monty Westmore, for saving her from a possible injury when she is stricken by an inner ear cold, causing her to lose her equilibrium while in her bungalow at 5:30 am, just as Westmore entered to begin her make-up for the day.
February 20: Joan gives a speech to sales and marketing executives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
     ​While there, Joan is presented with a gift box of Wisconsin cheese from Governor Knowles. Later, in Joan's​ room at the Pfister Hotel, she visits with Mark Krolicki, an eight-year old boy with muscular dystrophy, who brings Joan roses and a box of Wisconsin cheese.

February 21: Joan travels from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to New York City.​

February 23: Joan travels from New York city to Toronto, Canada to attend a banquet hosted by the Sales and Marketing Executives Club of Toronto.

Last week of February: On location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joan films promos for local Pepsi-Cola bottlers​.

February 28: Joan attends the International Film Awards dinner at the American Hotel in New York city.

March 1: Joan attends the Golden Ball dinner at the Greenbrier in New Brunswick, New Jersey.​​ 500 people attend the ball, which is sponsored by the local Women's Club. Joan arrives at 7:00 pm dressed in a gold sequined sheath dress, with a matching jacket and a mink turban. 

March 13: Joan's daughter, Christina, appears on Virginia Graham's show "Girl Talk." Also appearing on the episode is actress Constance Ford.​​

Early-April: Joan attends the wedding anniversary party of comedian Marty Allen and his wife Lorraine "Frenchy"​​ at El Morocco in New York.

April 8: Joan attends a luncheon in Dothan, Alabama. The luncheon is held to acquaint businessmen with the industrial investment in Alabama.​​

April 14: Joan attends the 41st annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.

April 18: Joan travels to Lima, Ohio from Los Angeles to attend the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant.

April 19: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a Pepsi-Cola plant in Lima, Ohio.

April 23: Joan arrives in Johnson City, Tennessee in preparation for the dedication of a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant on the 26th. During her visit in Johnson City, Joan stays at the Holiday Inn.​

April 26: Joan attends the Pepsi-Cola bottling plant dedication ceremony in Johnson City, Tennessee. For the ceremony, Joan wears a grey silk suit and matching pillbox hat.​ 

May 9: Joan's daughter, Christina, ​appears as a contestant on the television show "Play Cards."

May 10: Joan visits Rochester, New York.​

Mid-May: Joan signs-on for the lead role in "Trog."

June 12: Rafael Ramos Cobian and his wife host a "bon voyage" party for Joan in the El Morocco's Champagne Room in New York. 
​The party is in celebration of Joan traveling to England via the RMS Queen Elizabeth II to film "Trog."​​ Joan wears a pink and white print silk sheath dress and coat stopping two inches below her knees.​

June 23: Joan arrives in England via the RMS Queen Elizabeth II  to begin filming of "Trog."​​

June 30: Filming begins on "Trog." (July 7th and 14th are also reported as dates for the filming commencement.)

Mid July: Joan becomes ill with a virus on the second week of filming "Trog" and reportedly loses 5 1/2 pounds as a result.

July 30: Joan is interviewed on the set of "Trog" for an article in London's "The Times" newspaper​. During the interview, Joan is photographed by Michael Ward. The photos were very candid, and exposed many lines in Joan's face. Joan was unhappy with the photos, calling them "lousy." To her dismay, one of the photos was printed with "The Times" article, and later syndicated with the article in the August 24th,1969 issue of the New York Times.
     In 1970, the first edition of Larry Carr's book "Four Fabulous Faces" printed the same photo as a full page in the book. As a result, Joan would remove the entire page from her personal copies before giving them to friends, or when she autographed the book for fans. The later editions of the book replaced this photo of Joan with a photo of her at the 1961 Academy Awards ceremony.

July/August: Joan films her narration for "Journey To The Unknown".​​ 
(Note: This is an educated guess, being this was a British production, and it's reasonable that Joan recorded this appearance while in England filming "Trog")​

August: Joan meets with Alexander Walker at her Grosvenor House suite in London, England. Walker would later publish the book "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star."
     ​On the same evening, Joan entertains half a dozen managers and their wives in London who work at a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Beirut, Lebanon.
​(Source: "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star")

August 23: Joan is presented an award by the Hollywood Club Forum, along with Pee Wee King, Ryan O'Neal, Louis Haywood
​and James Shigeta. (Joan did not attend the awards ceremony, as she was in England filming "Trog")
August 31: Joan appears on a previously recorded appearance for Jerry Lewis' MDA telethon.
     ​Other celebrities that appear are; Jackie Gleason, Joan Rivers, Patty Duke, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis jr., Carl Reiner, David Frost, Rodney Dangerfield, and Johnny Carson. The program runs from the evening of August 31 to 6:00 pm on September 1st.

September 7 - 11: Pepsi-Cola's annual national bottler's convention is held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joan is unable to attend due to filming "Trog" in England.​

September 8: Principal photography filming is completed on "Trog."

September 12: Joan travels from London, England to New York City.

September 19: Joan travels from New York to Marion, Illinois for a Pepsi-Cola plant opening on September 20th.
At 1:30 PM, Joan gives a press conference with Pepsi-Cola's Marion plant presidents Harry Crisp Senior, Harry Crisp junior. and Pepsi-Cola executive James B. Somerall.
September 20:
Joan attends the opening of a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Marion, Illinois.​​
The ceremony starts at 10:30 AM. Joan wears a grey suit and matching hat.​​
     For further details and photos from this plant dedication, click here.​

September 26: Joan holds a press conference at the Commodore Perry Motor Inn in Toledo, Ohio.​​

September 27: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of the Pepsi-Cola Plant in Toledo, Ohio. The dedication begins at 10:30 AM​​​.
     For further details and photos from this plant dedication, click here.​

Late-September: Joan signs-on to star in "The Virginian" episode the "Nightmare".

October 2: Joan appears on "The Merv Griffin Show" and hosts a small fashion show.​​

October 3: An ad of Joan promoting Blackglama Furs appears in the October issue of  "Vogue.The photo of Joan in this ad was taken by Richard Avedon​.

October 13: Joan​ commentates the Career World Fashion Show Sponsored by the Women's Advertising Club in Baltimore, Maryland.
     During her visit to Baltimore, Joan appears as a guest on Sylvia Scott's "Woman's Angle" talk show on WMAR-TV.

October 19:
Joan attends the National Association of Food Chains convention​ in Boston, Massachusetts. 

October 20 - 23: Joan attends the North American Van Lines Convention at the Fontainebleau Resort in ​Miami Beach, Florida.

October 24: Joan attends a USO luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York. 
     ​At the luncheon, Gypsy Rose Lee is awarded "Woman of The Year" for her service to the USO. 

October 29: Joan attends the Pepsi-Cola plant dedication ceremony in Houston, Texas.
​Accompanying Joan is Pepsi-Cola president James B. Somerall, and public relations vice president Mitchell Cox.​​

November 8: Joan appears in the NBC series premiere of "Night Gallery" in the segment "Eyes."

November 17: Joan begins rehearsals on "The Virginian" at Universal. ​Joan resides on the Universal lot during the duration of the filming.

November 19: Filming begins on "The Virginian" episode "Nightmare.​​"

November 18:  The 50-minute documentary "Garbo" airs in America at 8:00 pm on PBS. Joan narrates the documentary.
​The program is produced by Fred Burnley, and written by Alexander Walker.
     ​For her appearance, Joan is paid approximately $10,000. (Source for salary: "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star" by Alexander Walker)

December 9:
Joan acts as honorary chairman at the Manhattan chapter of Childville luncheon and fashion show at the Pierre ​​Hotel in New York.  
​The event's cost per ticket is $17.50.

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