​​The Joan Crawford Chronicle

1971​​


​​January 14:
Joan attends the Time Record Breakers Testimonial dinner at Toot's Shor in New York.
     ​Joan is awarded a Benrus Citation Award for her long record of being an active and popular motion picture star.

January 19: A new maid Joan has hired begins her first day of work at Joan's apartment, however quits the next morning.​
​According to Joan, the new maid would not do housework, and thought she was being hired as Joan's personal maid and would be traveling with her, 
​which was not the case.

January 25: Joan attends Blackglama's "Night of The Legends​​" gala at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. Among the other guests are; Paulette Goddard, Claudette Colbert and Lauren Bacall.

January 28: Joan receives a $15,000 payment advance from Simon & Schuster for the contract of Joan's autobiography "My Way of Life."​
     ​Out of the $15,000, $5,000 is given as payment to Joan's co-author Audrey Inman Davenport, and $1,000 in commission to her agent at William Morris.

February 3: Joan arrives in Los Angeles to attend the 28th annual Golden Globe Awards on February 5th.

February 5: Joan attends the 28th annual Golden Globe Awards, presented by the Foreign Press Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
     Joan presents Frank Sinatra with the Cecil B. Demille Award. Sinatra's daughter, Tina accepts the award on her father's behalf.
As Joan is presenting the award and praising him, a man from the audience shouts an obscenity and Joan immediately berates him from the stage.  ​

February 6-7: Joan spends the weekend in Florida on business for Pepsi-Cola.

February 8: Joan returns to New York.

February 16: Joan is interviewed live by Larry King​ from 10:00 - 11:00 am for his radio show on WIOD in Miami, Florida. 
     Joan also holds a news conference in her suite at the Fontainebleau Hotel. The news outlets included; "The Miami Times," "Diario Las Americas," "Vandidades" and local television stations WQBA, WMBM AND WCIX-TV.
     Joan participates in a "Shake The Can" UNICEF charity drive, using one of Pepsi's new 16 ounce can as a collection container. 

March: Joan accepts the position of an honorary chairman of a new board of advisers to raise funds for the Negro Ensemble Company.

March 9: Joan's daughter, Christina, guest stars on an episode of the television show "Marcus Welby, M.D.," in the episode "Eulogy For A Mad Dog."​

March 18 (#1): Joan has dinner in New York with Leo and Teri Jaffe.​​

March 18 (#2): Joan's daughter, Christina, guest stars on an episode of "Ironside."​

March 28: Joan attends Variety Clubs' annual "Global Convention" at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the 500 guests are; Goldie Hawn, Sally Kellerman, Alan King and Walter Matthau, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson and Karen Black.​​

Late March: Joan appears on "The Merv Griffin Show" while the show is being taped at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.​​

April 19: Joan signs a three-year representation and management contract with the William Morris agency for film and television projects.

May 15: Joan travels to New Haven, Florida to attend a dinner at the Florida Showcase in honor of Dick Pope, the man who founded Cypress Gardens, Florida.​ Joan is escorted into the dinner by the Orlando Pepsi-Cola plant manager Marc Lefebvre. Following the dinner, Joan presents Mr. Pope with a plaque from the "Keep America Beautiful" campaign. The dinner is attend by 500 people.

June 5: Joan attends the dedication ceremony for a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Valdosta, Georgia. ​​

June 12: Joan attends the dedication ceremony for a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Ventura, California. ​​

Late-June: Joan arrives in New York.​

July 28: Joan is treated to dinner at 21 by Irving Mansfield and wife Jacqueline Susann.​​


August 21: Joan travels to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the American Film Institute's film festival.

August 22: Joan attends the opening day of the American Film Institute's film festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

August 24: Myrna Loy joins Joan onstage at the American Film Institute's Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.​​

August 25: Joan returns home to New York.​​

September 5: Joan appears at Jerry Lewis' MDA telethon at the Americana Hotel in New York.
     Among the other guests are; Steve Allen, Sammy Davis jr, Jack Palance, Sidney Blackmer, Mike Douglas, Van Johnson Tiny Tim and the band "The Fifth Dimension".

September 6: Joan attends the "First Annual United States National Ballroom Dancing Championships" at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.​​ 500 couples compete in the championship. 

September 9: Joan attends a showing of her film "Dancing Lady" at the "Movie Musical Theater" (now called "Theatre 80") at 80 St. Marks Place in New York and sets her hands and signature in cement outside of the theater.

October: Joan negotiates to be the host of a daily female-oriented talk show.

Early October: Joan begins a two-month promotional tour of sixteen cities for her autobiography "My Way of Life."

Early October: Joan travels to Washington, D.C. for AFI's "Joan Crawford Film Festival" and to promote her autobiography. During her visit, Joan stays at the Sheraton Carlton Hotel.​

October 4: Joan attends an autograph party for "My Way of Life" from 2pm - 4pm at the Woodward & Lothrop department store in Washington, D.C.​

October 5: Joan talks on the radio show "Viewpoint," hosted by Betty ​Groebli, at 10:05 pm on WRC in Washington, D.C.

October 6: Joan attends a press conference in her suite at the Sheraton Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.​

October 7: Joan attends a retrospective comprised of excerpts from five of her films at the American Film Institute in Washington, D.C.
​The retrospect begins at 8pm. ​The films are to be shown in their entirety during AFI's four-day "Joan Crawford Film Festival" from October 8th - October 11th.

October 8-11: Joan attends the American Film Institute sponsored "Joan Crawford Film Festival" at the AFI theater in Washington, D.C.​​
The five films shown are: "Dancing Lady," "A Woman's Face," "Mildred Pierce," "Sudden Fear" and "Johnny Guitar."

October 8: "My Way of Life" is officially released nation-wide by Simon & Schuster. Audrey Davenport Inman helped Joan organize and write the book.

Mid-October: Joan travels to San Francisco​, California.

October 12: Joan attends an autograph party of "My Way of Life." The event begins at 12pm at City of Paris Dry Goods Co. in San Francisco, California. ​

October 14: Joan attends a book signing and Pepsi-Cola press conference in Los Angeles, California.​​

October 15: Joan signs copies of "My Way of Life" from 2pm-4pm at the May Co. Store in west Los Angeles at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Overland Avenue.

October 20: Joan appears on "The Merv Griffin Show" to promote "My Way of Life.Other guests include; Clint Eastwood, Dr. Louis B. Leakey and bullfighter Luis Dominguin.

October 22: Joan is honored at a party at the Mountain Brook Club​ in Birmingham, Alabama. The party is hosted by Birmingham Pepsi-Cola bottler James C. Lee and his wife. Several other Pepsi-Cola associates attend the partying, including Pepsi-Cola vice president Mitchell Cox, and his wife, along with Joan's personal assistant at Pepsi, Mary Jane Rachael. 

October 29: Joan autographs copies of "My Way of Life" between 2pm - 4pm at G. Fox and Co. Department store in Hartford Connecticut.​​

November 4: "Berserk" is shown for the first time on television as the CBS Thursday night movie, starting at 9pm.​

November 5: Joan attends an American Cancer Society banquet and awards ceremony in the Empire Room at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. ​​


November 8: Joan arrives in Chicago, Illinois on her promotional tour for "My Way of Life," and attends a book signing at the Marshall Fields department store.
     During Joan's stay in Chicago, she stays at the Ambassador Hotel and holds interviews in the hotel's Royal Hunt Room, and Pump Room restaurant. 

November 15: Joan arrives in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a press conference at 11:15 am in her suite at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
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November 16: Joan attends a book signing for "My Way of Life" from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Jordan Marsh department store in Boston, Massachusetts.
     Click here for a special fan memory by Suzanne Page of her encounter with Joan at this event.

November 23: Joan attends a book signing for "My Way of Life" at the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The book signing event begins at 12:15 p.m. in the Grand Court of the store.


November 23: Joan begins mailing out her 1971 Christmas cards.


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