Joan Crawford was born sometime between 1904 and 1908 (a 1910 census reports she was 5 while she claimed to have been 2) in San Antonio, Texas. Her birth name was Lucille Fay LeSueur but MGM changed it because it sounded made up.
Crawford had a very successful career in the 1930's but had been declared by theater owners that she and other stars (including Katherine Hepburn) were "box office poison." What is meant by the term, is that the studio had to pay these stars so much that the films were expensive for a theater owner to purchase to show the public. They could not recoup their costs.
"Mildred Pierce" helped her career rebound in 1945 and earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
She died of a heart attack in New York in 1977 and, yes, she did cut Christina and Christopher out of her will.
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