Monday, March 23, 2009

Joan Crawford

Born today (March 23rd) - although the year alludes us (a woman very good at hiding her real age), reports have it anything from 1904 to 1908!

Joan Crawford, the American Hollywood actress was born in San Antonio, Texas. A chorus girl, she arrived in Hollywood in 1924 to work as an extra at MGM, and gained some recognition in films such as 'Our Dancing Daughters' (1928), and 'Our Blushing Brides' (1930).
Creating a niche for herself as the star of many formula melodramas, usually as a working-class girl with her sights set on wealth and sophistication, she became the archetypal glamorous Hollywood Movie Queen.

She was declared 'box-office poison' in 1938, but returned as the wickedly witty husband-stealer in 'The Women' (1939). Later, she continued to suffer in jewels and ermine as the older woman beset by emotional problems in 'Mildred Pierce' (1945) which she won an Academy Award for, and 'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?' (1962) - a stylish exercise in gothic horror. She retired from the screen after 'Trog' in 1970.

An autobiography appeared in 1962. Her adopted daughter Christina wrote a scathing attack on her domestic tyranny in 'Mommie Dearest' (1978).

Other famous people born today: Damon Albarn (1968) frontman of UK Britpop band 'Blur', Spanish Cubist painter Juan Gris (1887), film director Akira Kurosawa (1910), and singer of 'The Cars' Roc Ocasek (1949).

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