Joan Crawford – photos and quotes

Posted on Posted in Celebrity Portraits, Female Stars, Silent Film Stars

“You know, the greatest thing about our business is that we’re allowed to see ourselves as others see us. Some of these kids see themselves and think, ‘O, gee, I look pretty good.’ What they don’t see is the loving photography, the singing, posture, dancing lessons that have been given them free. And the publicity. (They believe what they read about themselves.) There are going to be some awful lonely hearts with nothing but their newspaper clippings.”Joan Crawford

Source: Hedda Hopper (1953)
Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise (1927)

 

Joan Crawford 1924

“I must have been stagestruck from the first. It was entrancing to watch the dancers backstage at the theater. Once a ballerina in flaming-red tarlatan let me kneel before the lighted mirror of her dressing table while she put purple eye shadow and pink rouge on my face. 

“I inhaled the smell of greasepaint, the musty scent of scenery, the dancers flying about, light dazzling in their spangled skirts.

“And I literally danced through the days, a butterfly, a bird. I never walked. I ran, danced, jumped, leaped, skipped rope, shinnied up a tree, ‘flew’ down. Mother classed these as tomboy antics and did not approve.”Joan Crawford

Quote: A Portrait Of Joan: The Autobiography Of Joan Crawford, edited (ahem, ghost written) by Jane Kesner Ardmore.

 

“I was born in front of a camera and really don’t know anything else.”– Joan Crawford (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I was born in front of a camera and really don’t know anything else.”Joan Crawford

 

Joan Crawford

“Paint a house. I remember I never had seen a fat house painter, so I did the work myself. Climbing ladders, and going through the physical exertion of painting brought me right back to normal.”Joan Crawford, giving fans advice on how to lose weight.

In a 1926 interview, Crawford claimed that her weight had increased into the 130’s, which prompted her to paint her cottage; however, it is unclear as to the location of that cottage.

Source: Columnist Hortense Saunders.

 

The Unknown Joan Crawford Lon Chaney

The Unknown (1927). With Lon Chaney.

 

Joan Crawford

“That fall of 1928, I went around with my little box camera taking pictures of every marquee that had my name in lights. From this period on, I was never again carefree. Before, I had been absolutely sure of myself in a brash and very young way. Now I began to study and observe myself…”Joan Crawford

 

Joan Crawford 1928

“It is possible for an actress to achieve success without knowing anything about dancing, but surprisingly few have. Naturally, I am forever grateful for dancing, for it was because of this that I got my motion picture contract. In Chicago I worked in Ernie Young’s Revue and then went on to New York in the Winter Garden. It was there that Harry Rapf saw me, had a screen test made of me and later wired me to come to the studio in California and sign a contract.”Joan Crawford in 1928

 

 

Joan Crawford

“If I can’t be me, I don’t want to be anybody. I was born that way.”Joan Crawford

Photographer: Ruth Harriet Louise

 

VAMP Collection: Joan Crawford portrait by Ruth Harriet Louise Coffee / Tea Mug

 

Joan Crawford pirate

“Lots of newcomers to films undoubtedly think that posing for photos is a waste of time. It doesn’t need to be. I have made a careful study of every single still picture that was ever shot of me. I wanted these stills to teach me what not to do on the screen. I scrutinized the grin on my face, my hair-do, my posture, my makeup, the size of my feet.”Joan Crawford

 

"Joan Crawford, THE star, was not born. She was built. A big-eyed, uneducated Texas girl named Lucille Le Sueur created her out of some glad rags, a set of beautiful bones, a hand of fiery red hair - and a whole lot of nerve. 'Joan Crawford' was an image designed along classic lines. Now matter what the current fashions she always looked sleek, fleet, available and utterly modern. She was built to last." -- Jeanine Basigner in 1979 (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Joan Crawford, THE star, was not born. She was built. A big-eyed, uneducated Texas girl named Lucille Le Sueur created her out of some glad rags, a set of beautiful bones, a head of fiery red hair – and a whole lot of nerve. ‘Joan Crawford‘ was an image designed along classic lines. Now matter what the current fashions she always looked sleek, fleet, available and utterly modern. She was built to last.” — Jeanine Basigner in 1979

 

Joan Crawford makeup

“Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.”Joan Crawford

 

Art Prints

 

Joan Crawford great 1931

“I don’t want to be just a movie star. I want to be one of the two or three greatest!”Joan Crawford

Source: Ben Maddox (1931)
Photo: 1931

 

Joan Crawford 1931

“I’m worse on some days than on others. There are times when I can’t stand the sight of workers on the stage. I keep hearing voices which say, ‘Who told her that she can act,’ ‘Isn’t she awful,’ ‘I could do better myself.’ “Joan Crawford

Source: John Auburn (1931)
Photo: 1931

 

Joan Crawford

“One of the main ingredients of glamour, or elegance, is an easy poise.”Joan Crawford

Source: Josephine Lowman (1961)

 

Laughing Sinners (1931)

 

“I’m ambitious and I’m proud of it.” – Joan Crawford (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I’m ambitious and I’m proud of it.”Joan Crawford

Source: Romney Scott (1932)
Photographer: George Hurrell

 

“There was a saying around MGM: Norma Shearer got the productions, Greta Garbo supplied the art, and Joan Crawford made the money to pay for both.”Joan Crawford

Photographer: George Hurrell

 

 

Norma Shearer Joan Crawford

Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, two MGM stars who had one of the longest running Hollywood feuds, are seen here in 1932 at the Biltmore Hotel. Even in this photo, they look like they are trying to out smile each other.

Shearer would later say, “I like and admire Joan. And I believe she feels the same way about me. I hope so. I think both of us have been hurt and embarrassed by the persistent stories of our rivalry and hatred…How could I hate Joan? She is so much like me. We have both been through so many of the same painful but invaluable molding processes. We have both had to fight desperately to overcome self-consciousness. We have both made ourselves over, both struggled to create an illusion of glamour and beauty.”

 

 

Photography Prints

Franchot Tone Joan Crawford“Look what’s happened to me. When I first came out here I had about six stories in the motion picture magazines. You did one that I liked. That was done out of friendship. The other five were written because I was a newcomer – as one would write about a newly discovered freak. Then I met Joan Crawford and immediately there was another cycle of stories – this time about ‘Joan and Franchot.’ I hated that. I feel flattered, of course, when I see my name linked with hers. Who wouldn’t? But I don’t think those stories were fair to her – or to me. Joan has worked like the devil to attain the position she has. I think it’s a cheap way to gain publicity to try to do it on the strength of a friendship with someone who happens to have a big name. Her fans resent it. As far as I’m concerned, I feel a little ashamed every time I see an interview purporting to be about myself but which is, in reality, about my friendship with her, because I know down in my heart that if it hadn’t been for that friendship the story would never have been written.”Franchot Tone 

Source: Edmund Douglas (1935)
Photographer: George Hurrell (1933)

 

Joan Crawford

“What I want to become first of all is a Joan Crawford I can respect. Without self-respect nothing else matters. I want to overcome this terrible inferiority complex I have – no one dreams what suffering it causes me. I go to my room and try to quietly analyze it, but it is a weakness I cannot overcome. It makes me ill at times. I want people to like me so that I’d go in a room with my arms outstretched if I could. But what I want most in life now is an education. The knowledge that comes with learning. I spend an hour a day with a professor from the University of Southern California. We study English literature, American history. When I haven’t the time to go to him, I read the dictionary!”Joan Crawford

Source: Mayme Ober Peak (1933)

Photo: George Hurrell (1933)

 

Joan Crawford

“Why, just the business of letting yourself want something…letting yourself want it with all of you…is important. If you don’t want things intensely, you won’t get them. What’s more, you don’t deserve to get them!”Joan Crawford

Source: Helen Louise Walker (1934)
Photo: 1933

 

Joan Crawford 1934“A great many people do not know that there is distinct makeup for photographs, just as there is a distinct makeup for motion pictures. Never wear rouge on your cheeks, as this always shows black, and makes you look hollow-cheeked. Use only a little rouge on your lips, and apply blackening to the eyebrows and lashes. Use very little powder, and put just a bit of cold cream over the eyelids and on the cheeks. This picks up the lights and makes the face look alive.”Joan Crawford

Source: 1934

Photo: C.S. Bull (1934)

 

Joan Crawford House Rules

“I have only two rules in my house. One is that I decline to talk to anyone until after I have had a cup of coffee in the morning. No one is civilized until after he has had coffee. You ring for your breakfast and ask for whatever you want at whatever hour you want it. I get up at nine thirty on week days, whether I am working or not. On Sundays I stay in bed until twelve. I don’t know why. I just always have.”Joan Crawford

As far as her other rule, she reportedly said, “Oh, just that I will not have people drop in uninvited.”

Source: Helen Louise Walker (1934)
Photo: 1934

 

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford Exercising

“You have to be self-reliant and strong to survive in this town. Otherwise you will be destroyed.”Joan Crawford

 

 

Joan Crawford Beauty

“I have always known what I wanted, and that was beauty… in every form.”Joan Crawford

 

Joan Crawford 1934

“I like women, but I find them very complicated – and feminine.”Joan Crawford

Source: Grace Wilcox (1934)

Photographer: George Hurrell (1934)

 

Joan Crawford

“The neurosis about cleanliness came very slowly. It’s going to take just as long a time for me to overcome it. When it was at its worst I never wore a dress, a hat or carried a bag that all weren’t sent to the cleaners instantly. Imagine having a bag cleaned every time I carried it! That was just plain silly, I know it now…I wouldn’t smoke a cigarette unless I had opened the tin myself. And I wouldn’t use use another cigarette out of that tin if someone else had taken one. I washed my hands every ten minutes. I wouldn’t step out of the house unless I had gloves on. I wouldn’t touch anything unless I had gloves. Slowly, I’m getting much better about this. I’m not doing such foolish things.”Joan Crawford

Source: Katherine Albert (1934)

 

Joan Crawford self pity

“Let me tell you something I’ve found out – the easiest way to spoil your whole life is by being sorry for yourself. Self-pity. Heaven knows, I hate it! I’ve seen too much of it. The more I study it, the more I loathe it – worse than ten thousand cobras.”Joan Crawford in 1934.

 

 

Joan Crawford

“Women are more emotional. They magnify and dramatize their bad moments and their losses. It seems to me that women live more for the moment than men do. They forget tomorrow they may win. They know only that today they have lost.”Joan Crawford

 

Joan Crawford

“I must visualize my character clearly, know exactly how she’d react to any situation before I dare face a camera.”Joan Crawford in 1935.

 

"I find suggestion a hell of a lot more provocative than explicit detail." -- Joan Crawford (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I find suggestion a hell of a lot more provocative than explicit detail.”Joan Crawford

Photographer: George Hurrell (1935)

 

Joan Crawford

“I’ve been criticized for dancing with gardenias between my teeth. Just that. Do these people believe that I am an idiot? I assure them that I am not! It just happens that I’m one of those people who can’t wear flowers. They wilt on me. So I carry them in my hand. But not, I assure you, between my teeth.”Joan Crawford

Source: Mark Dowling (1936)
Photographer: George Hurrell

 

 

Joan Crawford‘s Avocado Cream Canape Recipe

Ingredients:
3 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon grated Spanish onion
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
salt
tabasco
Assorted crackers and mini toasts

Serving size: 8

Directions: Scoop out the pulp of the three avocados. Add Spanish onion and mayonnaise, a “pinch of salt and a dash of tabasco.” Stir ingredients until creamy and then serve in a bowl. Place the bowl in the center of a large plate and surround the bowl with crackers and mini toasts.

This recipe comes from 1936 and seems legit. I had to format it since the article was talking about a dinner party she and Franchot Tone were hosting.

 

Joan Crawford

“They knew what was expected of them. These stars not only cooperated, they were eager. Some actors didn’t understand this, and you never heard from them again.”– M-G-M photographer Laszlo Willinger, who claimed that Joan Crawford, Vivien Leigh, and Clark Gable were his favorites.

 

Joan Crawford dog

“If you’re going to be a star, you have to look like a star, and I never go out unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.”Joan Crawford 

 

Joan Crawford

“The fact that a thing has never been done doesn’t prove that it can’t be.”Joan Crawford.

Source: Ida Zeitlin (1940)
Photographer: Laszlo Willinger (1939)

 

Joan Crawford CaricatureArtist: Basil Wolverton. Year: 1945. 11.5 x 13.25 inches. Wolverton was a well-known cartoonist who later worked for Marvel Comics and Mad Magazine.

 

Joan Crawford Harriet Craig 1950

“If you have an ounce of common sense and one good friend you don’t need an analyst.”Joan Crawford

Here she is on the set of Harriet Craig (1950)with her pet poodle, Cliquot.

 

Johnny Guitar Sterling Hayden Joan Crawford

“There is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another picture with Joan Crawford. And I like money.”Sterling Hayden, Crawford’s co-star in Johnny Guitar (1954)

During the making of the cult classic western, she was having an affair with the director, Nicholas Ray, while engaging in an off-set rivalry with co-star Mercedes McCambridge. Both Crawford and McCambridge were hitting the bottle pretty hard during production, though not hard enough to hit each other with their bottles.

 

Joan Crawford

Joan was not a happy person and she liked showing that. She worked on her fan mail all day long. I just didn’t understand that, but she did. She washed her hands a lot. She washed her arms all the way up past her elbows. She just couldn’t get enough done in that direction. She was compulsive about being clean, clean, clean! She had beautiful furs to wear for that role, and those white furs were very clean; they looked immaculate!

“On one occasion, she mispronounced a word and she apologized to the director. He dismissed it by saying, ‘Well, don’t say it, then,’-making it clear that it was not at all important. I thought that was wonderful! She was so worried about herself, I felt.

“She was a good soul, a good soul. She wanted to be nice to everybody and kind, certainly kind to her fans. She thought about them a lot. Kind of a ‘queenish’ thing to be doing.”Fay Wray 

The two worked together on Queen Bee (1955).

Queen Bee with Joan Crawford and Barry Sullivan

Queen Bee (1955). With Barry Sullivan.

 

Joan Crawford 1959

“She put on a show wherever she went. At a wedding, she was the bride. At a funeral, she was the corpse.” — author Dorothy Manners, a close friend of hers.

 

Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell
“The Golden Globe Awards”
Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell
1962
© 1978 Bernie Abramson

“She was very much the star. I think that’s a very important thing to remember about her, that she was in command of what she did. Now, if she was not that confidant herself, she certainly gave a damned good performance of somebody that was! She lived the life of a star. When you walked into her house, it looked as though a star lived there.”Rosalind Russell 

 

“It’s feast or famine. I haven’t had any good scripts. I’d much rather have a small authorative part in a good picture. I don’t agree with those actors who count lines in a script.” — Joan Crawford (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“It’s feast or famine. I haven’t had any good scripts. I’d much rather have a small authorative part in a good picture. I don’t agree with those actors who count lines in a script.”Joan Crawford

Source: Joseph Finnegan (1962)

Photo: 1962 at an airport in Madrid, Spain.

 

 

“We were polite to each other – all the social amenities, ‘Good morning, Joan’ and ‘Good Morning, Bette’ crap – and thank God we weren’t playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone – just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all the way down the line. Yet what we do works. It’s so strange, this acting business. It comes from inside. She was always so damn proper. She sent thank you notes for thank you notes. I screamed when I found out she signed autographs: ‘Bless you, Joan Crawford.’” — Bette Davis

Bette is of a different temperament than I. Bette had to yell every morning. I just sat and knitted. I knitted a scarf from Hollywood to Malibu.”— Joan Crawford

 

 

Bette Davis Joan Crawford Betty Jane

Miss Crawford owned three sizes of bosoms. In the famous scene which she lay on the beach, Joan wore the largest ones. Let’s face it, when a woman lies on her back, I don’t care how well endowed she is, her bosoms do not stand straight up… The scene called for me to fall on top of her. I almost had the breath knocked out of me. It was like falling on two footballs!”Bette Davis

Source: Betty Shimabukuro (1987)

 

Joan Crawford Berserk

“When she hated, she hated hard. She would do anything she could to destroy you.” — Christopher Crawford talking about his adopted mother.

Source: Jerry Parker (1978)

 

Joan Crawford caricature

Artist: Harold Pierre Montiel. Year: possible 1960s. Acrylic on canvas board. 11.75 x 13.75 in. Montiel’s work appeared in a couple of entertainment magazines that started in the late 1950s and 1960s.

 

Groucho Marx marlene Dietrich Joan Crawford

Groucho MarxMarlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. Artist: H. Pierre Montiel. Year: 1994. Acrylic on board.

 

EMAIL
Facebook
GOOGLE
Twitter
Pinterest2
LINKEDIN
Instagram
Tumblr

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.