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Jackson, Michael. In an 11/25/03 article on the troubled star, the New York Times led off with, "When he surrendered to the Santa Barbara County sheriff last week, Michael Jackson resembled an aging Joan Crawford, pale, frail and weighing 120 pounds..."
Jewelry of Joan. From the Jones Jewelers website: "[Joan Crawford] loved sapphires so much the press called them 'Joan Blue.' One of her favorite pieces was a bracelet set with three star sapphires of 73.15 carats, 63.61 carats, and 57.65 carats. She also received a 70-carat star sapphire engagement ring from her second husband. She also owned a 72-carat emerald cut sapphire which she often wore on the same finger! In the forties, Crawford added a 75-carat amethyst ring and a huge 100-carat citrine ring, both emerald-cut with a simple mounting."
(Click here to go to a 1995 article re a sale of Joan's jewelry in Virginia Beach, which includes interesting info on types of jewels and personal inscriptions on some of the pieces. Page includes 2 photos. See also the Collectibles page for more jewelry photos.)
Johnny Guitar. Republic, 1954. Directed by Nicholas Ray (of "Rebel Without a Cause" fame), 110 minutes. A 1966 poll of 28 French critics named this the top Western of all time. Says French director Francois Truffaut:
I once said (and I am ready to say it again before the camera) that "Johnny
Guitar" has more importance in my life than in Nicholas Ray's. I possessed a
passion for the film from the moment I saw it. I was a critic at the time, I
wrote some articles about it, and began a correspondence with Nicholas Ray. . . "Johnny Guitar" was very important to my life. Because I found it
very powerful and profound on man-woman relationships. It is the only film I
have seen that dealt with a certain aspect of love relationships...
Joan plays "Vienna," a shrewd saloon-owner with a soft spot for returned lost love "Johnny Guitar," played by Sterling Hayden, and a definite hard spot for nemesis "Emma Small" (Mercedes McCambridge), who wants to run Vienna out of town. This movie's been touted as Sophoclean, anti-McCarthy, proto-feminist, you name it. Whatever you read into it...Joan's intense. In 1998, Premiere magazine named Johnny #49 on its list of "100 Most Daring Movies Ever Made." Says Joan in CWJC, though: I should have had my head examined. No excuse for a picture being this bad or for me making it.
I don't think she really loved me, but when you consider the life she led, what the hell. She married too young and too often. She was a little Swedish girl who wasn't too bright. All the way along, the wrong men appealed to her, and she worked her ass off, more often supporting them than they supported her. She was old and tired by the time she was 49, and when she came out here [Hollywood] at least a few of the fires had been put out, and she could be Hal's [Joan's brother] servant and my friend. She was a good woman, even though she ignored me when I was a kid, and she found life a lot easier during her last years... We weren't really close--we never had been...I let her live her own lifestyle, and that style included Hal, and I simply wouldn't have him around, so her loyalties had to have been divided.
When Johnson died in August 1958, Joan flew home from vacationing in Bermuda with husband Al Steele to attend her funeral. She is buried at Los Angeles's Forest Lawn cemetery.
Johnson, Ray. American artist known for his collage and "mail" art. In January 1973, apparently after sending Joan a letter, he received this response from her: "I am delighted that the 'Joan Crawford Dollar Bill' was sold to America's Leading Art Collector, Joseph Hirshhorn. I hope that you had a magnificent Christmas and will have a beautiful new year."
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