THE CONCLUDING CHAPTER OF CRAWFORD

Website Updates

August 1st, 2021

The ArchiveAdded Joan's amended contract agreement with The Associates & Aldrich Company Inc. regarding her December 19th, 1963 contract for the film "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte." (March 6th, 1964)

Added six pages of production call sheets for "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte." (September 11th - September 18th, 1964)


Acting Career

Revitalized the Television Talk Show & Interview Appearances section to include (when available) screenshots and photos of Joan's appearances. Included is a photo of Joan's January 1970 appearance on "The Merv Griffin Show." This is the first modern-day glimpse of Joan's appearance on this episode. (Special thanks to Sean for the photo). Additionally, screenshots have been added of Joan's June 1963 appearance on Germany's "Die Schaubuden Story," and a photo of Joan's March 1968 appearance on "Girl Talk"

Added details and a newspaper ad for Joan's appearance on the television talk show "Betty Hughes & Friends". (November 13th, 1970)


For Sale
Added a special page highlighting a Crawford-owned art piece that is currently for sale by a private collector. 




July 18th, 2021

Acting Career

Provided the Television section with additional sub-menus at the top of each page to give users quicker and easier access to a specific television appearance.

Added screenshots and additional elaborative details to all of Joan's appearances on the Televised Award Show Appearances page.


Added additional elaborative details to Joan's appearances on "The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon." This includes correcting details of Joan's recording of "In Dreams He Runs" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Thanks to the information supplied by Crawford footage researcher "Billie Cassin," I have corrected the origin of this audio recording to actually being Joan's pre-recorded appearance on the 1970 "The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon." It was previously thought this recording was an actual stand-alone MDA television commercial.


Added additional details to Joan's 1973 appearance on "The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon," which includes the date she pre-recorded her appearance, and a print ad of Joan's appearance on the telethon. It is unclear if Joan's appearance during this telethon was a video or audio appearance; however, as the information currently stands, this participation in the 1973 telethon would be the final appearance Joan would have recorded for use on national television. 


Added "The Jim Burns Show" to the list of Joan's televised talk show and interview appearances. Unfortunately, no copy of this program is known to exist due to the show being broadcast live.


The Archive

Added a two-page letter from Joan to an acquaintance citing her recording that day for "The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon," dated July 23rd, 1973.

Added a one-page handwritten letter to Joan from actress Barbara Stanwyck, dated December 23rd, 1971.


The Video Gallery

Added a newly-restored and much cleaner version of Joan's 1973 Pan Am commercial. Special thanks to Crawford footage researcher "Billie Cassin."


Photo Gallery

1959 Gallery: Added 1 still of Joan with Hope Lange in "The Best of Everything."

1962 Gallery: Added 6 screenshots of Joan's appearance at the 34th annual Academy Awards ceremony. (April 9th, 1962)

1963 Gallery: Added 12 screenshots of Joan's appearance at the 35th annual Academy Awards ceremony. (April 8th, 1963)

1965 Gallery: Added 6 screenshots of Joan's appearance at the 37th annual Academy Awards ceremony. (April 5th, 1965)

1965 Gallery: Added 6 screenshots of Joan's appearance at the 17th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (September 12th, 1965)

1966 Gallery: Added 1 photo of Joan's appearance at the first annual "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon." (September 4th, 1966

1968 Gallery: Added 1 photo of Joan at the dedication ceremony of the "Clinton's Ditch" Pepsi-Cola plant in Cicero, New York. (July 9th, 1968)

1969 Gallery: Added 4 screenshots of Joan's appearance at the 41st annual Academy Awards ceremony. (April 14th, 1969)




July 11th, 2021

The Archive

Added the entire shooting script of the Joan's appearance on "The Sixth Sense," in the episode "Dear Joan, We're Going To Scare You To Death!" (1972)

Added a four-page promotional program of Joan's appearance on "The Sixth Sense." (1972)

Added three letters to Joan from members of the cast and crew of "The Sixth Sense." These letters include:

1 two-page letter from actor Scott Hylands, dated July 28th, 1972.

1 three-page letter from actress Lenore Kasdorf, dated July 26th, 1972.

1 one-page undated letter draft to Joan from a Universal lot employee named Mary.


Television

Added an advertisement of Joan's appearance of Joan's appearance on "The Sixth Sense." (1972)




July 4th, 2021

Photo Gallery

Added 173 photos of Joan to the 1959 gallery. These include:

17 publicity photos for "The Best of Everything."

28 film stills from "The Best of Everything."

8 film stills of Joan's deleted scene from "The Best of Everything."

17 wardrobe and hair test photos for "The Best of Everything."

28 photos from the set of "The Best of Everything." (June 1959)

21 photos on the set of "The Best of Everything" by photographer Eve Arnold for "Life" magazine. (Includes many unseen/unpublished photos taken from the original negatives.) (June 1959)

54 photos taken by Eve Arnold for "Life" magazine. (June 1959)

2 candid photos by photographer Eve Arnold in Joan's Brentwood house. (June 1959)

1 candid photo of Joan laying on the diving board of the pool in the backyard of her Brentwood house. (June 1959)




June 27th, 2021

Photo Gallery

Added 83 photos of Joan, along with daughters Cathy and Cindy, by photographer Eve Arnold to the 1959 gallery. These photos are never-before-seen outtakes from the Arnold photo shoot for "Life" magazine. Photographed in June of 1959. 


The Archive

Added seven letters of correspondence between Joan and Helen Keller and The American Foundation For The Blind. These letters range from 1951 to 1971.


YouTube

Many people have inquired about the missing content on the website's YouTube channel. Please know this is only temporary. The YouTube channel's content will return the first week of August 2021. In the meantime, please visit the website's Video Gallery to watch your favorite videos from the YouTube channel.




June 20th, 2021

Photo Gallery

Added 35 photos to the 1959 gallery. These include:

23 stills and promotional photos for Joan's appearance on "Zane Grey Theater," episode "Rebel Range." (December 3rd, 1959)

12 unpublished (and unseen) outtakes from Eve Arnold's photoshoot of Joan for "Life" magazine. (June 1959)




June 13th, 2021

Photo Gallery

Added 4 photos of Joan at the premiere of Federico Fellini's film "8 1/2" (June 13th, 1963)


Video Gallery

Added Joan's December 3rd, 1959 appearance on "Zane Grey Theater," in episode "Rebel Range."




June 6th, 2021

The Archive

Added 11 pages of documentation pertaining to the settlement agreement, and the U.K. attorney fees, between Joan's estate and biographer Charles Castle.

In 1977, Castle published the book "Joan Crawford: The Raging Star" with the expressed claim on the book's cover, and within its pages, that it was authorized by Joan. The book was not authorized by Joan, and the letter published within the book to Castle from Joan was determined to have been altered by Castle. In addition, Castle refused to cite his source(s) of some of the book's most egregious and unflattering content regarding Joan. 


The Chronicle

Added the date (September 3rd, 1977) and some medical and accident details regarding the accident Christopher Crawford claimed to have sustained while working as a lineman for the Village Electric Co. of Long Island, New York. (Scroll to the September 3rd entry on the 1977 chronicle page)


Video Gallery

Added the following videos to the video gallery (all of which have been uploaded in the highest possible quality currently available):

Joan's appearance at the 1964 Primetime Emmy Awards (September 12th, 1965)

Joan arriving at Los Angeles International Airport (April 28th, 1968)

Joan's appearance at the 1968 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon (September 1st, 1968)

Joan's appearance on the 1969 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon (August 31st, 1969)

Joan's telephone answering machine messages to Carl Johnes (Circa 1974-1976)




May 23rd, 2021

Added a new Video Gallery section, which is prominently featured on the website's menu. This section is comprised primarily of the content found on the website's YouTube channel. The YouTube channel's content is unavailable at the moment, but it WILL be returning in the next couple of months. However, in the meantime, fans will have the ability to continue viewing their favorite Crawford material here on the website.

     There are currently 105 titles in the video gallery, with more content planned to be added in the coming weeks.




May 10th, 2021

The Archive:

Added 4 1976 letters from Joan. These include:

1 undated letter to George Cukor

1 undated letter to Dorothy Manners

1 letter to Virginia Grey (dated September 24th, 1976)

1 letter to friends Mr and Mrs. Charles Russhon (dated November 29th, 1976)


Added 7 1977 letters from Joan. They include:

1 undated letter to Vincent Sherman

1 letter to fan Stanley Anast (dated January 17th, 1977)

1 letter to reporter Candy Jones (dated January 31st, 1977)

1 letter to Virginia Grey (dated March 31st, 1977)

1 letter to actress/friend Jill Melody (dated April 6th, 1977)

1 letter to fan Joe Fawls (dated April 18th, 1977)

1 letter to publicist/friend Harry Mines (April 20th, 1977)


Added 4 letters regarding Joan's death. They include:

1 sympathy acknowledgement letter from Cathy Crawford LaLonde to George Cukor (dated July 12th, 1977)

1 sympathy acknowledgement card from Cindy Crawford Jordan to Nolan Miller and Ursula Grimm (undated)

1 sympathy acknowledgement letter from Christina Crawford to fan Elenore Hart (dated May 25th, 1977)

1 sympathy acknowledgement letter from Betty Barker to George Cukor (dated June 30th, 1977)


Added the fronts of 2 sympathy acknowledgement cards.




May 2nd, 2021

Youtube: Added Joan's appearance on "Caesar's Hour" with Ingrid Bergman. Originally premiered on March 2nd, 1957.




March 28th, 2021

1968 Gallery: Added 48 photos of Joan at her Brandeis University fellowship induction dinner, held at the Americana Hotel in Manhattan, New York. (March 28th, 1968) 43 of these photos are courtesy of T. Clark.


The Archive: Added an entire document section pertaining to Joan's March 28th, 1968 Brandeis fellowship induction dinner. The documents include:

The dinner invitation, a draft of the invitation, draft letters pertaining to the dinner, a pamphlet regarding Joan's induction, the event program and an article from the Brandeis University newsletter regarding Joan's fellowship induction.


Letters To Joan: Added the following 12 letters to Joan regarding her Brandeis fellowship induction:

Thomas Elmezzi (Dated March 29th, 1968)

Robert Ferguson (Dated March 29th, 1968)

Carl Foreman (Dated March 21st, 1968)

Lyndon B. Johnson (Dated March 27th, 1968)

Stan Kamen (Joan's William Morris agent) (Dated March 28th, 1968

Robert & Florence Kriendler (Owners of the 21 Club) (Dated March 29th, 1968)

Louis J. Lefkowitz (with a carbo of Joan's response) (Dated March 28th, 1968)

George Leisure (with a carbon of Joan's response) (Dated March 29th, 1968)

Mary Pickford (Two letters: Dated March 25th, 1968 and May 16, 1968)

Abram Leon Sachar (President of Brandeis) (Dated April 5th, 1968)

Jack Velanti (Dated March 27th, 1968)


Fans: Added a special page devoted to a birthday flower left at Joan's mausoleum on behalf of fans in "The Joan Crawford Exchange" group. The flower tribute was organized and hand delivered by Kevin de l'Aigle on March 23rd. A special thank you to Kevin for his wonderful tribute and photos!




March 23rd, 2021

YouTube: Added a video compilation of Joan's family, friends and co-workers defending and honoring her memory. The video is over one hour long, and contains 38 testimonials.




March 21st, 2021

The Archive: Added 51 wardrobe sketch designs. These include film wardrobe and personal wardrobe.


Letters To Joan: Added four birthday greetings to Joan from:

Noel Coward (Telegram dated March 22nd, 1973)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Telegram dated March 23rd, 1975)

Charles Grant (Joan's houseman) (Undated greeting card)

Van Johnson (Telegram dated March 24th, 1972)




March 14th, 2021

1969 Gallery: Added 2 photos of Joan at the Golden Ball dinner, held at the Greenbrier Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (March 1st, 1969)

1970 Gallery: Added 5 photos of Joan at a luncheon honoring Helen Hayes (March 2nd, 1970); and 1 publicity photo by Jack O’Grady. (March 1970)


Scripts: Added the entire first draft of the script for “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte.” Dated March 23rd 1964. This script is very rare and has never been displayed publicly. Many scenes in this first draft differ greatly from the finished 1964 film, particularly the scenes involving “Miriam Deering,” the character Joan was originally cast to portray.


The Archive: Added the invitation to the Manhattan, New York Player’s Club dinner honoring Joan on January 21st, 1973


Letters: Added five letters to Joan which have never been shown publicly. These include:
Three letters to Joan from her secretary, Betty Barker. (June 13th, 1974, September 30th, 1976 and January 3rd, 1977)
One “thank you” letter to Joan from her secretary, Florence Walsh. (July 9th, 1973)
One joke letter to Joan’s dog “Princess Lotus Blossom,” from friend Carl Johnes’ dog, “Augusta.” (December 16th, 1975)


This website hosts the largest online collection of letters to, and regarding, Joan; with over 95 letters in the Letters To Joan section. Many more, rare and unseen, letters to Joan will be added to the website in the coming weeks and months.




March 7th, 2021

Photo Galleries: Added 157 photos to the galleries.


Added 112 photos to the 1961 gallery (Making this gallery, by far, the most photos of Joan Crawford from 1961 ever assembled online.) These new photos include:


Television:
3 photos of Joan on the television game show  “I’ve Got A Secret.” Premiered (October 23rd, 1961)
5 screenshots of Joan on the television game show “I’ve Got A Secret.” (Premiered October 23rd, 1961)
10 photos of Joan on the set of the television show “The Dupont Show of The Week.” (Premiered October 29th, 1961)


Publicity:
4 publicity photos by photographer John Engstead (1961)
3 publicity photos of Joan by photographer D. Wynn for “Vogue” magazine (Spring 1961)
9 photos of Joan in Italy by press photographer Angelo Cozzi (June 1961)
4 publicity photos (1961)


Various Events
2 color photos of Joan at her 55th birthday party, held at Frances Spingold’s home in Palm Beach, Florida (March 23rd, 1961)
3 photos of Joan in Geneva, Switzerland (June 1961) (Thanks to Jaffrey Reichner, whose parents are featured in the photos)
3 photos of Joan at the Beau-Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland (June 1961)
5 photos of Joan in Busto Arsizio, Italy (June 1961)
11 photos of Joan promoting Pepsi-Cola at the Bowling Roma bowling alley in Rome, Italy (June 1961)
23 photos of Joan at a press conference in Italy, along with 5 additional photos of other Pepsi-Cola executives, including Donald Kendall, at the conference (June 1961)
1 photo of Joan in Milan, Italy (June 1961)
3 photos of Joan on the balcony at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy (June 1961)
3 photos of Joan at a Pepsi-Cola dinner celebration for a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Milan, Italy (June 1961)
5 photos of Joan at the Giro d’Italia Cycling Race in Milan, Italy (June 10th, 1961)
2 photos of Joan at a Pepsi-Cola press conference in Milan, Italy (June 11th, 1961)
3 photos of Joan in Argentina, South America (November 1961)
5 color candid photos of Joan (1961) (Thanks to Fred for four of the photos)


Added 45 photos to the 1962 gallery, which include: 


Publicity:
5 photos of Joan in her 2 East 70th Street apartment in Manhattan, New York (June 1962)


Various Events:
4 photos of Joan at the Surrogate Court in Manhattan, New York (January 29th, 1962)

3 color photos of Joan arriving in Wilmington, Delaware for the annual Pepsi-Cola stockholder's meeting (May 2nd, 1962)
1 photo of Joan arriving at the Fiumicino, Italy airport (May 23rd, 1962)
3 photos of Joan arriving at the Hotel Excelsior in Rome, Italy (May 23rd, 1962)
4 color photos of Joan promoting Pepsi-Cola outside of the Rome Colosseum, along with 4 photos of Pepsi-Cola trucks aligned outside of the Colosseum (June 1st, 1962)
3 photos of Joan arriving in Madrid, Spain (June 1st, 1962)
5 photos of Joan in Madrid, Spain (June 1962)
13 photos of Joan at a bullfight at the El Soto Farm near Barcelona, Spain (June 4th, 1962)




February 25th, 2021

YouTube: Added a short interview of Joan in Miami, Florida on February 25th, 1966




February 14th, 2021

Photo Galleries:

Added 30 photos to the 1955 gallery, which include:
2 wardrobe test photos from "Female On The Beach."

2 Hair and makeup test photos from "Female On The Beach."

1 color photo of Joan on the set of "Female On The Beach."

3 photos of Joan and Alfred Steele at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on the day of their wedding. (May 10th, 1955)

15 photos of Joan promoting "Queen Bee" and visiting the South Side Day Nursery in St. Louis, Missouri. (November 1955)

7 photos of Joan and family on Christmas vacation in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (December 1955)


Added 4 color photos of Joan filming a promotional film for the National Association of Food Chains in Ridgewood, New Jersey to the 1969 gallery. (May 1969)


The Archive:

Added a letter to Pepsi-Cola bottlers regarding the promotional film Joan made for the National Association of Food Chains. (Dated January 8th, 1970)




January 31st, 2021

Photo Galleries: Added 40 photos to the 1956 gallery, which include:

30 publicity stills, film stills and set stills of Joan in "Autumn Leaves."

1 photo of Joan at the Santa Monica, California Superior Court building. (July 12th 1956)

5 photos of Joan greeting her daughters, Cathy and Cindy,  upon their arrival, via ship, at Paddington Station in London, England. (August 2nd, 1956)

4 photos of Joan hosting a birthday celebration for Rossano Brazzi during filming of "The Story of Esther Costello in London, England. (September 18th, 1956)


The Archive:

Added Joan's complete 35-page employment contract for "Autumn Leaves" to the Contracts page.

Added a 7-page gross billings report for "Autumn Leaves" 

*Both of the above documents were Joan's own personal copies.




January 3rd, 2021

Photo Galleries: Added 17 photos to the 1959 gallery, which include:

5 publicity photos for Joan's appearance on "General Electric Theater," episode "And One Was Loyal." (Premiered January 4th, 1959)

12 candid photos of Joan and Alfred Steele attending a publicity photo shoot with photographer Richard Avedon in Jamaica. (February 1959)




December 27th, 2020

Photo Galleries:

Added 18 screenshots of Joan's appearance on "The Bob Hope Show." (premiered October 15th, 1958)

Added 4 photos of Joan dressing up as Santa Claus for a Variety Clubs charity luncheon in London, England. (December 13th, 1966)


Exciting news about the Photo Galleries; the galleries are expanding to now include the years 1955 - 1959. Many new and rare photos will soon be coming to these gallery pages.


YouTube: Added Joan's 1958 appearance on "The Bob Hope Show."




December 25th, 2020

YouTube: Added a tribute video dedicated to Joan's tremendous charity efforts.




December 6th, 2020

Films: Added 53 photos of the interior of 172 S. McCadden Place in Los Angeles, California; the filming location for exterior scenes of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"


YouTube: Added footage of Joan in Jackson, Mississippi on April 25th, 1968.




November 23rd, 2020

Photo Galleries: Added 45 photos to the 1965 gallery, which include:

4 photos of Joan at a press conference and dinner in Charlotte, North Carolina. (April 9th, 1965)

41 color and black and white photos of Joan at the annual Pepsi-Cola stockholders' meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. (June 6th, 1965)


YouTube: Added footage of Joan at the dedication ceremony of a new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in San Diego, California. (April 25th & 26th, 1963)




November 8th, 2020

Photo Galleries: Added 22 photos to the 1963 gallery, which include:

12 photos of Joan on "The Merv Griffin Show." (March 7th, 1963)

2 color candid photos of Joan departing the studio after filming "The Merv Griffin Show." (March 7th, 1963)

8 candid photos of Joan at the Berlin Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. (June 30th, 1963)


The Archive: Added a February 1973 use of likeness agreement, and accompanying documents, with Eve of Roma cosmetics. This may possibly be the last use of likeness agreement Joan signed with a company.




November 1st, 2020

 Photo Galleries: Added 47 photos to the photo galleries, which include:

1967: Added 5 photos of Joan upon her arrival in Irving, Texas for the dedication ceremony of a new Frito-Lay plant. (June 7th, 1967)

1970: Added 24 high definition screen shots of Joan on "The David Frost Show" (Aired January 16th, 1970)

1970: Added 6 photos of Joan at the Starr Commonwealth Founder's Day celebration. (October 3rd - 4th, 1970)

1970: Added 12 photos of Joan during an interview in Dallas, Texas. (December 4th, 1970)


The Archive: Added two seven-page contracts between Joan and the William Morris Agency:

1) 1971 Manager contract (Signed April 19th, 1971)

2) 1974 Manager contract (Signed April 19th, 1974)




October 25th, 2020

Launched a NEW look for the website. The website has a fresh new color palate, and some animation scattered throughout the sections.




October 23rd, 2020

YouTube: Uploaded Joan's October 23, 1961 appearance on "I've Got A Secret."




October 19th, 2020

YouTube: Uploaded two videos this week:

1) A high resolution color copy of Joan on "The Hollywood Palace" (April 22nd, 1967).

2) A high resolution copy of Joan on "The Tim Conway Comedy Hour." (October 4th, 1970)




October 7th, 2020

YouTube: Uploaded two videos:

1) A 1971 national commercial by Joan inviting the public to the October 7th, 1971 AFI festival of her films in Washington, D.C.

2) An October 7th, 1971 interview with Joan in Washington, D.C.




October 6th, 2020

The Archive: Added the Last Will & Testament of Bette Davis. Under the terms of Davis' will, she disinherited four family members. 



October 4th, 2020

Photo Galleries: Added 77 photos to the Galleries, which include:


1962 Gallery

Added 3 color and 4 black and white publicity photos.

Various Events: Added 13 photos of Joan at a party in her honor at Lucey's Restaurant. (June 22nd, 1962)

Added 6 photos of Joan at the film premiere of "A Long Days Journey Into Night." (October 9th, 1962)


1965 Gallery

Added 5 photos of Joan at the dedication ceremony festivities of the new Frito-Lay Tower in Dallas, Texas. (December 5th - 8th, 1965)


1966 Gallery

Added 4 photos of Joan on "The Merv Griffin Show" (March 3rd, 1966)

Added 6 screenshots of Joan's "Cinema" interview (April 22nd, 1966)

Added 6 screenshots of Joan's appearance on "What's My Line?" (July 3rd, 1966)

Added 5 photos of Joan at the dedication ceremony festivities of a new Pepsi-Cola plant in Miami, Florida. (February 25th - 26th, 1966)

Added 7 photos of Joan being honored by the Foreign Press Association. (September 10th, 1966)


1970 Gallery

Added 2 photos of Joan at a press conference in Dallas, Texas. (December 4th, 1970)

Added 6 screenshots of Joan during an interview in Dallas, Texas. (December 4th, 1970)


1971 Gallery

Added 4 photos of Joan at a press conference in Venture, California. (June 12th, 1971

Added 6 photos of Joan at the Birmingham, Alabama airport. (August 21st, 1971)


YouTube: Added an interview with Joan in Dallas, Texas. (December 4th, 1970)