​​The Joan Crawford Chronicle


Joan is the guest of honor at an event at the Player's Club in New York.​

February: Joan films a commercial for Pan Am Airlines.​​

March: Joan is unexpectedly and without notice "retired" by Pepsi-Cola, following her official 65th birthday.

April 8: Joan is honored on stage at Town Hall in New York as the final guest of the season in John Springer's "Legendary Ladies" series. ​A brief montage of Joan's films is shown before Springer interviews Joan, which is followed by a Q&A from the audience. This is Joan's last official public appearance.​

April 26: Joan meets with producer Morton Gottlieb​​ before he leaves for Europe in regard to his proposal of casting Joan in a female version of his
​all-male play "Sleuth".

June: Joan appears in a series of film introductions for her films; "Rain," "Mildred Pierce," "Humoresque," "Possessed," "Daisy Kenyon," and "Flamingo Road."
The introductions are for the ​​​"​Joan Crawford Film Week"​​ on WNEW-TV (Channel 5) in New York.​​ The film week begins on June 10th.
     Joan agreed to do the film introductions in exchange for the network's promotion of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. ​

June 22: Joan is named and given an official writ as the "Lady Chamberlain of The Globe of The Great Southwest" by the Globe Theatre in Odessa, Texas. ​

July 6: Joan fires her long-time secretary Florence Walsh and gives Walsh her final paycheck along with a very large bonus.
​Walsh was a secretary furnished to Joan by Pepsi-Cola, and along with Joan's removal from the company's board of directors Walsh's salary is no longer compensated by the company.
July 10: Joan attends a luncheon and preview reception for the opening of the Showcase Cinema Theater in Fairfield, Ohio​​.

August: Joan purchases apartment 22H in Imperial House for approximately $85,000. (Source: Carleton Varney)

August 25: It's reported that Joan, Bette Davis, Shirley Booth, and Bob Hope are among the actors being considered for the film "Follies."

September 2: According to a September 2, 1973 press release, Joan is among the celebrities who will appear on Jerry Lewis' MDA telethon beginning that evening at 6:30 pm. ​The telethon is televised from the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
 ​(Webmaster's note: It seems most likely that Joan appeared during the telethon on a prior taped appearance.)

September 8: Carl Johnes helps Joan "weed out" her library in preparation for her move to apartment 22H. ​(Source: "Crawford: The Last Years")

September 11: Joan says in a letter "I have no plans of appearing in the movie of "Follies" - can't imagine where that rumor ever started".

October 28: Joan has lunch with Carl Johnes, when he delivers scarfs by designer Alice Landais to Joan.
​​Johnes had picked up the scarfs for Joan, via Joan's request, while on a recent trip to Paris, France.​​ (Source: "Crawford: The Last Years")
​​November 5: Joan begins moving from apartment 22G to apartment 22H in Imperial House. ​​

December 26: Joan's friend, William Haines, dies at the age of 73 of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California.

December 27: Joan hosts a small after-Christmas cocktail party in her apartment for close friends. ​(Source: "Crawford: The Last Years")

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