The Best of Everything
Joan Crawford Letters:
1926 1927 1928 1929
June 14, 1926, to Dan Mahony
Note: Addressed to "Mr Daniel Mahony / 2452 Sunset Ave / Dayton / Ohio" with post office correction indicating it was forwarded to "2715 Webb Ave. / Bronx / New York City."
Re text: The photo of the second page of the letter is too small to read; here is the full text:
Dear Mr. Mahony,
I just found out, a picture I made over a year ago called "Ill Tell the World" Has been released under-- "The Boob." Im so sorry I made such a dreadful mistake. Will you forgive me?
You dont need to tell me it was a terrible picture. How well I know. I wouldnt even go to see the preview.
Im so glad you enjoyed "Paris" I tried so hard to make it a good picture and when people are as lovely to me as you are to write such lovely letters and congratulate me on my work Im terribly happy.
It is so sweet of you to compare me with a lovely flower and speak of my work as you do. I only hope you shall always think as you do now. Especially after meeting me, if ever we do.
Thanking you very sincerely from the bottom of my heart, for the interest you have shown.
Shall send you a photograph very soon.
September 1927 to Dan Mahony
October 1927 to Dan Mahony
November 1927 to Dan Mahony
January 1928 to Dan Mahony
[From the collection of Robert Leininger.]
February 11, 1928, to Dan Mahony
March 1928 to Dan Mahony
April 1928 to Dan Mahony
April 1928 to Dan Mahony
June 1928 to Dan Mahony
July 1928 to Dan Mahony
September 1928 to Dan Mahony
November 22, 1928, to Dan Mahony
[Note: Two pages shown below; full text, including missing pages, reproduced in text below from eBay listing.]
Dear Tired Dan,
You see I did have cause for worry when you were ill and you begged me not to. And I count you as my bestest, truest most devout friend Dan, and I've been so neglectful lately (or so it seems). No wonder you give up hopes of ever hearing from me. Ah I'm am truly ashamed Dan, but you above all people know when you work hard all day long..[missing text] my family just arrived out here two one week and Mother two weeks later, that's been quite a burden also. Getting a place for them to live. Getting my brother and his wife jobs, and thousands of exhibitors out here having lunch, reporters from the four corners of the earth interviewing you, Mother's Birthday this week, Thanksgiving next, starting Christmas shopping, more law suits, Signing new contracts, still getting my house furnished. And worst of all the talking pictures. On my Sundays off I sew all day at Pickfair until Dodo,Uncle Doug - and Mary go mad when they see a meedle needle & a spool of thread...Poor Blessed Dodo hasn't had much attention lately but as long as he knows I love him, I hope he understands.... [missing text] about your health. Do keep me more closely informed as to your health, dear, wont you? May I hear from you soon -- Please??? As ever Joan.
P.S. Dan, Joan's friends are dear to her, she speaks of you incessantly and if you don't mind will you be my friend and allow me the honour and pleasure of yours being yours? In anticipation. "Doug" Fairbanks Jr.
1929 to Dan Mahony
Unknown year to Dan Mahony
[Note: This stationery was used by Joan in 1931 and 1932. I've placed it here in the "1920s Letters" section as a melancholy coda to the Mahony correspondence.]
Letters 1920s Letters 1930 to 1934