Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

Synopsis: In this documentary on the life of 'Joan Crawford', we learn why she should be remembered as the great actress she was, and not only as the "mommie dearest." caricature she has become. Friends, fellow actors, directors, and others reminisce about their association with her, and numerous film clips show off her talent from her start in silents to bad science fiction/horror movies at the end of her career. Daughter 'Christina Crawford' even explains the origin of the phrase "No more wire hangers!".
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Peter Fitzgerald
Production: Fitzfilm
87 min

l think he left when she was very little.

She did not get along with her mother

and her brother...

...and l don't think she ever really did.

She always thought that

Grandmother Anna loved Hal the best.

She, as the girl, was left out.

She took the name Billie Cassin...

...after her stepfather that ran the

vaudeville house, and then he left.

The first love of a girl's life

is her father.

lf she doesn't trust her father...

...if she gets disillusioned about Father,

l think that stamps her...

...for the rest of her life

to distrust men.

She very often talked about

how humiliated she was...

...when she was going to school, where

she had to work as a maid, almost... get an education.

She started her career in show business

as a dancer in clubs... Chicago, Kansas City, and went

to Broadway and was a chorus girl.

She worked at Roseland

as a dance girl for hire...

...and then she came out to Hollywood

under contract as a dancer...

...not as an actress.

After only a few months at MGM,

L. B. Mayer promoted his new starlet... running a contest to

rename Lucille Le Sueur...

...a name he felt sounded

too much like ''sewer. ''

The first choice was Joan Arden,

but as that was taken...

... the second choice

won for the name Joan Crawford...

...and a new star was born.

When she was named Joan Crawford,

things started to crystallize for her.

She finally started to have an identity.

She created Joan Crawford.

That was a wall for her to shut out

that miserable childhood.

She'd crossed certain railroad tracks,

but she still could hear the train roar.

Her first break as Joan Crawford

was a leading role..., Sally, lrene and Mary,

also starring Anita Page.

l made four pictures with Joan Crawford.

l didn't consider her a great actress.

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