(Source: "Crawford: The Last Years" by Carl Johnes)September 23: Joan hosts a book-publication party for John Springer's book "They Had Faces Then", which also honors Rosalind Russell at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in New York.
Shortly after greeting the arriving guests, Joan quietly 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's hosting of the party at The Rainbow Room.
- 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 following week, Joan was announced as host 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, she cancels all public appearances for the remainder of the year. (Source: "Joan Crawford: A Biography" 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 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, she sends out her final Christmas greetings to the thousands of recipients who had been on her Christmas greetings list. In the greeting, Joan explains that she will be devoting her time spent on greetings to 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 alone, unconscious, on the floor of her apartment for an unknown period of time. While Joan claimed the fall was attributed to medication she was taking for a cold, 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 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.
Charles Castle would later publish the book "Joan Crawford: The Raging Star" after Joan's death in 1977.
Following the book's publication, Joan's estate files a claim against Castle for the biography being marketed as an "Authorized" biography when it was not.
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