September 23: Joan hosts a book publication party for John Springer's book "They Had Faces Then" at the Rainbow Room atop the RCA building in Manhattan, New York. Rosalind Russell is the party's guest of honor. Shortly after greeting the arriving guests, Joan leaves the party abruptly, with guests later wondering why she had left. This is to be Joan's final public appearance at a notable public event.
Several versions exist as to the events surrounding Joan abruptly leasing the party at The Rainbow Room. Springer's version of the events differs from that of Joan, and her close friends.
- According to Crawford biographer Charlotte Chandler, John Springer told her that Joan offered to host the book party and was later upset that Springer asked Rosalind Russell to co-hostess. (Source: Charlotte Chandler's biography "Not The Girl Next Door")
- According to news reports quoting Joan the week following the party, Joan was announced as hostess before John Springer had asked her.
"The press agent-author of the book announced I'd be hostess before asking me. I went along so's not to embarrass Roz."
(Source: Quote from Joan in a Jack O'Brian article dated October 1st, 1974)
- (In an October 15th, 1974 letter to Joan from her friend, Jeanine Basinger, Basinger responds to an obvious comment Joan had made to her in writing regarding the Rainbow Room party and Springer. The content appears to confirm the story of Springer publicly announcing Joan as the hostess of the Rainbow Room party before receiving her response to the request.
Basinger writes: "I am deeply shocked at what was done to you regarding the Springer event. What nerve! How does he keep clients if this is how he operates? I just can't believe sometimes how insensitive people are to one another...how greedy for things to be done FOR THEM...and how lacking they are about returning these small favors."
September 24-27: Following Joan's distaste for how she looks in photographs taken of her at the Rainbow Room book publication party on September 23rd, she cancels all public appearances for the remainder of the year. (Source: "Joan Crawford" by Bob Thomas)
October 21: Joan has lunch in her apartment with her daughter, Cathy, and son in law, Jerome LaLonde.
October 25: Joan declines an invitation to appear on this date as the guest of honor at the National Bottler's Convention in San Francisco, California.
(Source: "Joan Crawford: A Biography" By Bob Thomas)
November: Joan meets with British producer Charles Castle and views a private screening of Castle's "This is Noel," an autobiographical film on Noel Coward.
Castle brings the film to the US to be viewed by Joan, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Barbara Rush and Larry Hagman.
November 15: Joan had previously canceled a scheduled appearance for this date to be a model at the Children To Children Foundation benefit given by the Mental Retardation Institute of New York. The event is held at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York. Among the models are; Ruby Keeler, Paulette Goddard, Alexis Smith and Raquel Welch.
December: Due to 1974 being the last year Pepsi agrees to finance the expense of Joan's mail postage, she sends out her final Christmas greetings to the thousands of recipients who are on her Christmas greetings list. In the greeting, Joan explains that she will be devoting the time she spends on Christmas greetings to help charities. Joan's friend at Columbia Pictures, Carl Johnes, writes the greeting's message, and it is touched-up by Columbia proof reader, Phillip Anaslone. (Source: "Crawford: The Last Years" by Carl Johnes)
December 10: Joan blacks out and falls in her apartment, causing her to badly injure her eye and face. After blacking out, Joan lays on the floor alone and unconscious for an unknown period of time. Joan would later claim the fall was attributed to medication she was taking for a cold, however, following the fall, Joan stops drinking alcohol.
December 17: It's reported Joan has canceled a scheduled Pepsi-Cola function due to a black eye she sustained after a fall.
Mid-December: A Long Island newspaper columnist writes about Joan's bruised face, implying the bruising is due to cosmetic surgery. Joan is angered by the false claim, and attempts to seek out the columnist. (Source: "Crawford: The Last Years" by Carl Johnes)
December 18: It's reported Joan is interested in participating in an autobiographical film and book with British producer Charles Castle. Castle would later publish the book "Joan Crawford: The Raging Star" after Joan's death, claiming, falsely, that the book was authorized by Joan. Joan's estate would later file a claim against Castle and the book's publisher for claiming the biography was "authorized" by Joan when it was not.
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