The Joan Crawford Chronicle
February: Joan films the 28-minute film "He Wanted To Live" (Also known as "A Very Special Child" and "Take Time Out For Life") for the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Crusade" telethon, scheduled to air in April.
The film tells the story of baby James and his recovery from the usually fatal infant and children's cancer, neuroblastoma. Shows the extra loving care James received from the staff of Charity Hospital in New Orleans and a foster family, the Koles, who took him in despite the bleak outlook for his survival. Discusses James' neuroblastoma and its diagnosis and treatment with aggressive chemotherapy, constant testing, and weekly checkups for 21 months. Also mentions other forms of cancer in children, including leukemia, and makes a fervent pitch for continued public contributions to American Cancer Society research.
February 24: The first presentation of "Trog" on American television is shown as the CBS late movie.
February 28 - March 3: Joan stays up late each night to watch the James Cagney Film Festival on television.
March 14-16: Between these dates an unknown intruder breaks into Joan's rented Fountain Avenue apartment via the apartment's sliding glass door and steals two television sets valued at $475.00.
March 16: Joan's daughter Cathy LaLonde gives birth to her second child, Casey.
March 23: It's announced Virginia Graham will replace Joan as a guest on America Cancer Society's annual "Cancer Crusade" telethon on April 1.
Joan canceled her appearance the telethon due to illness.
April: Joan meets Columbia Pictures story-editor Carl Johnes when he is asked to help Joan organize her personal library.
Johnes later authors the book "Crawford: The Last Years", detailing his friendship with Joan during this time period until her death in 1977.
April: Joan terminates her lease and vacates her rented apartment at 8313 Fountain Avenue. She gives much of the contents of the apartment to her secretary Betty Barker which includes; a vacuum cleaner, a card table and all of the canned goods and liquors.
April 16: Joan hosts the Variety Clubs' convention in New York, which is sponsored by Pepsi-Cola.
American International Pictures producer James H. Nicholson acts as chairman, with actor Danny Kay honored at the convention.
May: Joan attends the dedication ceremony of a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Sacramento, California.
Mid-June: Joan signs-on to guest star on the television show "The Sixth Sense" in episode "Dear Joan, We're Going To Scare You To Death".
For her appearance, Joan is paid $2,500.
Late-June: Joan travels to Los Angeles, California to begin work on "The Sixth Sense."
Early July: Joan films her scenes for "The Sixth Sense."
During filming, Joan stays in a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot. Her bungalow is between those of Rock Hudson and Dean Martin.
Mid-July: Joan travels from Los Angeles, California to New York City after completion of her scenes for "The Sixth Sense."
August: Joan travels to Boston, Massachusetts, where she stays at the Ritz Carlton.
September 13: Joan attends the "Tracy and Hepburn Film Retrospective" to be held in Lincoln Center Library in New York.
The retrospective is shown in celebration of Garson Kanin's book "Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir".
Joan serves on the committee of the library's retrospective, along with Frederick Brisson, Bosley Crowther and Lillian Gish, which is shown from September 13-23. Proceeds from the retrospective go to the Lincoln Center Library and the Museum of Performing Arts in New York.
September 29: Joan has dinner with Jacqueline Susann and her husband, Irving Mansfield.
September 30: Joan appears on "The Sixth Sense" episode "Dear Joan, We're Going To Scare You To Death" on ABC.
November 15: Joan attends a black tie party in honor of a new book published about Tallulah Bankhead at the Abercrombie & Fitch literary salon in New York.
Among the 425 guests are; Mabel Mercer, Hope Hampton, Mary Hemingway, Ethel Merman, Patsy Kelly, Joan Fontaine and Hermione Gingold.
November 19: Joan attends "A Special Night Of Entertainment", held by theatrical organization "The Troupers", at the Hotel Pierre in New York.
The benefit is to raise funds for emotionally handicapped children. Sammy Davis jr is the guest of honor, however, Davis is unable to attend and cancels.
November 29: Joan attends a retrospective of clips from her films and of her recent episode on "The Sixth Sense" at Wesleyan College in Middletown, Connecticut. The event is attended by 1,300 people, with a reported 3,000 people turned away due to space accommodations.
December 11: Joan attends the WAIF Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Among the other guests are Jane Russell and Mrs. Leo Jaffe.
December 25: According to a letter Joan wrote on January 23, 1973, Joan spends Christmas alone with her pet Shih-Tzu Princess Lotus Blossom.
Joan's maid Mamacita had traveled to Texas to be with her family for the holiday.
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