The Website's Mission
The focus of this website is to document Crawford's fascinating (and over-looked) life during her final two-decades; 1960-1977. The majority of the information offered here is exclusive to "The Concluding Chapter of Crawford" through original and independent research by the Webmaster. An important goal of this website is to provide factual documentation of Joan Crawford's life after 1960, and to do so in the most non-sensationalized, straight-forward and factual fashion possible.
This website also hosts a Facebook Page, which I encourage readers to follow. It provides website updates, photos, videos and fan conversations.
The History of The Website
"The Concluding Chapter of Crawford" premiered on March 23rd, 2002. It is the first Joan Crawford website to launch on Crawford's birthday.
At the time of its original launch, the website offered new information to fans of Crawford's later years; a frequently overlooked and under appreciated area of her life.
From 2002-2009 the website hosted a message board on Yahoo! Groups, which maintained the largest member count of any Joan Crawford message board of the time (with over 350 members). Today, the website still hosts a group on Facebook, "The Joan Crawford Exchange." Like the group's Yahoo! predecessor, the "Exchange" Facebook group is the largest Joan Crawford group ever formed, with over 11,000 members.
After the website's initial premiere, it was regularly updated with many rare photos of Crawford, and new information and anecdotes regarding Joan's last years; much of which was rare and unknown within the Crawford fan community at the time. Unfortunately in the spring of 2009, the website's then-web host (Yahoo's Geocites) closed. Being unable, time-wise, to build a new website from scratch with another web host, "The Concluding Chapter of Crawford closed." At that time the website's Yahoo! Groups message board also closed.
In the years following the website's closure in 2009, some of the information housed on "The Concluding Chapter of Crawford" was voluntarily donated for display on "The Best of Everything: A Joan Crawford Encyclopedia" so that fans would still have access to the material. Approximately 400 photos on that Crawford website was donated by this website's Webmaster.
"The Concluding Chapter of Crawford" returned to the internet after a four year absence on March 23, 2013 - the 11th year anniversary of the website's original premiere. The re-launch began with the same goal the website had on March 23, 2002:
To offer fans a comprehensive and factual look into Crawford's life after 1960.
To supply fans with thoroughly researched and rare material.
To entice interest into this often overlooked area of Crawford's life.
Fortunately, in the years following the original premiere of "The Concluding Chapter of Crawford" in 2002, there has been a massive interest in Joan Crawford's lessor-researched later years. I am proud that my research and the existence of this website assisted in that accomplishment.
About The Webmaster
My name is Bryan Johnson and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a long-time Joan Crawford fan and the webmaster of "The Concluding Chapter of Crawford."
My first exposure to Crawford was in 1999, when I watched my first Crawford film, "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" Soon after, I read "Joan Crawford: A Biography" by Bob Thomas, watched "Strait-Jacket" and Joan's guest appearance on "Night Gallery." Perhaps because I discovered Crawford through her later performances this is the reason I took a larger interest in her life during that time period. I have since become a fan of Crawford's entire life. However, her final two decades still remain my favorite area to research, and is the expertise area of my knowledge. I enjoy researching Crawford, and I have found the more I research her, the more fascinating her life is to me. The creation of this website has enabled me with the ability to pass along to other Crawford fans what I discover through my research.
I hope you enjoy my website and research efforts, all of which is performed at my own personal expense and time. If you have any questions or comments that you would like to share regarding Joan Crawford's life or this website I always welcome e-mails.
To learn more about the extent of my research efforts, please visit the below links to view galleries of my Crawford research adventures and travels.
You can listen, and read, various interviews with this Webmaster here.