May 10: Joan visits Rochester, New York.
Mid-May: Joan signs her contract for the film "Trog." The film is slated to begin filming in England over the summer.
June 12: Rafael Ramos Cobian and his wife host a "bon voyage" party for Joan in the El Morocco's Champagne Room in Manhattan, New York. The party is in celebration of Joan traveling to England via the RMS Queen Elizabeth II to film "Trog." At the party, Joan wears a pink and white print silk sheath dress and coat, which stops two inches below her knees.
June 23: Joan arrives in England via the RMS Queen Elizabeth II to begin production on the film "Trog." Upon arriving, Joan is told by reporters that Judy Garland had just died.
June 30: Filming begins on "Trog" in London, England.
Mid July: Joan becomes ill with a virus during the second week of filming "Trog," and reportedly loses five and a half pounds as a result.
July 30: Joan is interviewed on the set of "Trog" for an article in London's Times newspaper. During the interview, Joan is photographed by Michael Ward. The photos are candid, and exposed many lines in Joan's face. Joan is 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. Joan would remove the entire page from her personal copies before giving them to friends, or when she autographed the book for fans. The subsequent 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 hostess scenes for the film "Journey To The Unknown." The film is a compilation of two of the television show's episodes, "Matakitas Is Coming" and "The Last Visitor." (Note: This is an educated guess on the part of this Webmaster. Being this was a British production, it's reasonable that Joan recorded this appearance while filming "Trog" in England.)
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 honored with 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' Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon. Other celebrities who 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 31st - 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 is completed on the film "Trog."
September 12: Joan travels from London, England to Manhattan, New York.
September 19: Joan travels from Manhattan, New York to Marion, Illinois for the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling pant on September 20th. At 1:30 pm, Joan gives a press conference with Marion Pepsi-Cola plant presidents Harry Crisp Senior, Harry Crisp Jr. and Pepsi-Cola president James B. Somerall.
September 20: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Marion, Illinois. The ceremony begins at 10:30 am. At the ceremony, Joan wears a grey suit and matching hat.
September 26: Joan holds a press conference at the Commodore Perry Motor Inn in Toledo, Ohio.
September 27: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Toledo, Ohio. The ceremony begins at 10:30 am.
Late-September: Joan signs her contract to guest star on the television show "The Virginian," playing "Stephanie White" in the episode "Nightmare."
October 2: Joan appears on the television talk show "The Merv Griffin Show. During the show, Joan hosts a brief fall fashion show.
October 3: An ad of Joan promoting Blackglama Furs appears in the October issue of Vogue magazine.
October 13: Joan commentates the "Career World Fashion Show," which is sponsored by the Women's Advertising Club in Baltimore, Maryland. During her visit to Baltimore, Joan appears on Sylvia Scott's talk show "Woman's Angle," which is broadcast by 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 Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
October 24: Joan attends a USO luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York. During the luncheon, Gypsy Rose Lee is presented the organization's "Woman of The Year" award by Pearl Bailey. The award is given to Lee for her service to the USO.
October 28: Joan arrives in Houston, Texas in preparation for the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. During her visit to Houston, Joan stays at the Hotel America. Upon her arrival, Joan and Pepsi-Cola president James B Somerall hold a press conference at the hotel.
In the evening, Joan attends a banquet held at the hotel in honor of the plant's dedication, which will take place the following day. The banquet is attended by over 500 Pepsi-Cola delegates and Houston locals.
October 29: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Houston, Texas. Accompanying Joan at the ceremony is Pepsi-Cola president James B. Somerall and public relations vice president Mitchell Cox.
November 8: Joan appears in the premiere of the NBC television show "Night Gallery," playing "Claudia Menlo" in the segment entitled "Eyes."
November 17: Joan begins rehearsals on the Universal lot for her guest appearance on an episode of the television show "The Virginian." During the episode's filming, Joan resides on the Universal lot.
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 and narration, Joan is paid approximately $10,000. (Source for salary: "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star" by Alexander Walker)
November 19: Joan begins filming for the television show "The Virginian," episode "Nightmare."
December 9: Joan serves as honorary chairwoman for the Manhattan chapter of a Childville luncheon and fashion show held at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, New York. The event's ticket price is $17.50 per person.
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