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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

All original Encyclopedia text, from A to Z, is copyright 2004 - 2018 by Stephanie Jones

 

 

Celebrating 14 Years of BOE: 2004  2018

 

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 LATEST SITE UPDATES

[in last month]

 


 

7/16/18

 

TV:  Joan as she appeared via cathode tube during Philo T. Farnsworth's first public (1934) demonstration of his new invention.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: Philo T. Farnsworth -- Added a new entry with photo and links for this TV pioneer whose first public demonstration of his invention was a 1934 broadcast of Joan's image.

 

PHOTOS:

1931:  A film still from Laughing Sinners.

1932:  A film still from Grand Hotel with Edward Biby and Murray Kinnell.

1935:

Publicity for No More Ladies.

A film still from I Live My Life with Brian Aherne.

1937:  Screen shots from The Bride Wore Red, one and two.

 

 

 

 


 

7/15/18

 

PHOTOS:

 

1925:  MGM exercise publicity.

1927:  A film still from The Unknown.

1929:  A film still from Our Modern Maidens (bigger addition to page).

1930:

Publicity with husband Doug Fairbanks, Jr., and pet Scottie.

Five screen shots from Our Blushing Brides (culled from ithankyouarthur.blogspot.com): one (with Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian), two (with Page), three (showing off her strut), four (with Robert Montgomery), and five.

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/12/18

 

TV NEWS:  Friday, August 31, is Joan's day on TCM's "Summer Under the Stars"! See the Events section below for the full schedule of 13 films.

 

FILMS:  A Belgian movie poster for 1929's The Duke Steps Out.

 

PHOTOS:

 

1925:  A film still from Sally, Irene, and Mary with Constance Bennett and Sally O'Neil (bigger, better replacement).

1928:  A screen shot from Across to Singapore.

1929:  Publicity shot at home (bigger, better replacement).

1931:  Publicity at home by Hurrell. (Features a painting of Joan by Erik Guide Haupt.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/10/18

 

TV:  Five screen shots of Joan hosting the BBC Garbo documentary in 1969.

 

ART:  Depictions of Joan from the 2010s:

2011 by V. T. Abdala.

2015 by Kosmas.

2016 by Ginette Callaway.

2016 by Ashley Lily Scarlett (two works).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/07/18

 

From my intro on the ART page: One indication of a true icon is the desire of artists, both contemporary and latter-day, to re-create her image. Joan Crawford began inspiring works of art almost immediately upon her arrival in Hollywood in the 1920s; since then interest in her, and her image, has not waned...

Here's how 5 artists from the 1980s saw Joan (in very different ways):

1983 by Andre Bouche.

1984 by Cecilio D'Acosta.

1985 by Elsa Warnick.

1986 by Myles Antony.

Mid-1980s by Ted Le Master.

 

LETTERS:

1971:  To director (and former '50s lover) Vincent Sherman re TV's Medical Center and possible future work together.

1973:  To a friend with thanks for Christmas roses.

1974:  To a friend with thanks for handwritten birthday message.

 

 

 

 


 

7/05/18

 

PHOTOS:

1968:  Berserk -- A color screen shot with Ty Hardin.

1970:  The Virginian -- Color screen shots one (with James Drury), two, three, and four.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: Added an entry, photo, and links for Ty Hardin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/03/18

 

PHOTOS:

1952:  A film still from Sudden Fear.

1955:  Publicity for Queen Bee with John Ireland.

1959:  The Best of Everything -- A new film still; and a bigger, better replacement.

 

LETTERS:

1955:  To publicist and friend Dore Freeman.

1956:  To Freeman and partner with thanks for Mother's Day and anniversary cards.

1960:  To a fan re Joan's Ford Startime TV appearance and how Christopher is doing.

1964:  To a Pepsi exec with thanks for letter, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/30/18

 

PHOTOS:

 

1941:  Publicity for When Ladies Meet shot by Eric Carpenter.

1945:  A film still from Mildred Pierce with Ann Blyth.

1946:  Autographed publicity for Humoresque.

 

LETTERS:  A sampling of congratulatory letters from industry members to Joan upon her Oscar win in March 1946.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/28/18

 

FILMS:

A program cover and centerfold for 1934's Forsaking All Others.

A Waikiki (Honolulu) movie theater marquee featuring The Last of Mrs. Cheyney.

 

RADIO: Joan's 1938 signed application for membership in the American Federation of Radio Artists.

 

PHOTOS:

1933:  Dancing Lady -- In her sweatsuit.

1934:  

A screen shot from Sadie McKee.

A candid at LA's Biltmore Hotel.

1937:  Swimming at home, shot by Bud Graybill.

1938:  On the set of the NBC radio program Good News of 1938 with Margaret Sullavan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/26/18

 

PHOTOS:

1932:  Publicity (page from unknown magazine musing on Joan's birthday).

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA:

Clarence Brown -- Added new photo, info, and links for this MGM director of five Joan films (her most frequent director, along with Jack Conway).

Gig Young -- Added new photo, info, and links for Joan's co-star in Torch Song.

Robert Young -- Added new photo, info, and links for Joan's co-star in four movies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/25/18

 

1931 PHOTOS:  Possessed -- Screen shots one, two, three, four (with Clark Gable), five (with Gable), six (with Marjorie White), and seven (final speech). (Culled from pre-code.com.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/22/18

 

FILMS:  Added links for Wikipedia, American Film Institute, and pre-code.com to the following film pages: Dance, Fools, Dance; Laughing Sinners; Possessed ('31); Grand Hotel; Rain; Today, We Live; Sadie McKee; and Forsaking All Others.

 

1931 PHOTOS:

Laughing Sinners -- Publicity shot (bigger, better replacement); new film still with Clark Gable; and screen shots one (with Guy Kibbee), two, and three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/20/18

 

PHOTOS:

 

1926:  Publicity at home with mirror.

1927:  Entertaining a baby on the set of The Understanding Heart.

1928:  Publicity at home with books.

1929:  Publicity by Ruth Harriet Louise, one and two.

1930:  Montana Moon -- A film still with Ricardo Cortez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6/15/18

 

1925 PHOTOS:

Pretty Ladies -- A publicity photo, and a backstage film still.

Sally, Irene, and Mary -- Publicity with Constance Bennett and Sally O'Neil; and a film still with O'Neil.

 

FILMS:  Pretty Ladies (Joan's first credited role, as "Lucille LeSueur")

A title card with a line spoken by Lucille's character, Bobby. (Be sure and read Shane's film review while you're there!)

A colorized lantern slide.

A San Francisco Loew's theater billboard promoting the film's premiere.

A four-page program.

 

 

 

 

JOAN CRAWFORD EVENTS

 

If your city, group, or self is presenting a Joan Crawford-related event in the
coming weeks or months, please
e-mail me so I can post the info below.

 


 

TCM's "Summer Under the Stars"

Friday, August 31, is Joan's day!

 

 

 


 

LATEST AND UPCOMING RELEASES

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SPECIAL PHOTOS

 

March 2006: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

July 2006: Ann Blyth at the Castro

May 2007: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

March 2008: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

March / May 2009: Ferncliff Flower Photos

 

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