Late September: Joan dines at the 21 Club in Manhattan, New York. During the meal, Joan tells Jack O'Brian about the Rainbow Room party.
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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