The Joan Crawford Chronicle
January 1: Joan's friend, Frances Spingold, passes away at age 90 in Palm Springs, Florida.
February 14: Joan's daughter, Christina, marries her second husband, David Koontz.
March: Joan's Imperial House apartment (22H) is featured in the March/April issue (Volume 32, No 5.) of "Architectural Digest" magazine.
March: Joan's daughter, Cynthia Jordan, divorces her husband.
April 2: Columnist Earl Wilson reports that Joan acquired a 37-foot cabin cruiser boat for her birthday.
(In a letter dated October 5th, 1976, Joan confirms it's a rumor and she doesn't know how it began.)
June: Joan tells several friends that her apartment is being painted. Whether this was true, or a tactic used to avoid guests has not be confirmed.
In a response letter dated July 8th, 1976 to a fan who had written to inquire about meeting with Joan for an interview, Joan writes that she is in the middle of painting her apartment, and having a new stove and oven installed and therefore has no idea when it will all be completed and cannot commit to setting a date.
July: Artist Michael Vollbracht visits with Joan at her New York apartment. (Source: Webmaster's contact with Shaun Considine 04/27/2013)
September: Joan is voted to be inducted into the Motion Picture Hall of Fame.
September 4: Joan sends condolences to comedian Marty Allen on the death of his wife, Lorraine "Frenchy" Allen, who passed away on September 3rd.
Late-September: Joan poses for portraits in her Imperial House apartment for photographer John Engstead. The photos later accompany Joan's Christmas greetings to close friends. This is to become Joan's final photoshoot.
October 15: Joan sends a $15.00 check to the Motion Picture Hall of Fame for her membership application.
October 28: Joan signs her Last Will & Testament.
November 28: Joan's friend, Rosalind Russell, dies of cancer in Beverly Hills, California.
November 30: Joan is offended when she watches Carol Burnett spoofs Joan's performance in "Torch Song" (1953) in a sketch called "Torchy Song" on her comedy variety show. Burnett reported that she had previously telephoned Joan to get an "O.K." before performing the sketch.
December: Shaun Considine talks with Joan over the telephone. Mr. Considine reports that Joan sounded very well.
(Source: Webmaster's contact with Shaun Considine 04/27/2013)
December: Joan begins giving away several of her personal possessions to close friends (Source: Carleton Varney)
December: Because of back pain, Joan orders a new, firmer mattress. Until the new mattress can be delivered, Joan places her existing mattress on the floor for added support. (Source: "Crawford: The Last Years")
Late December: Friend, Carl Johnes, visits Joan for the last time. Johnes finds Joan looking thinner and walking slumped-over due to back pain.
When a grocery delivery arrives during his visit, Joan insists on carrying the bags into the kitchen herself without help.
(Source: Crawford: The Last Years")
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