|Net Worth||$8.5 Million|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)|
|Profession||Singer, Pin-up girl, Actor, Dancer, Film Producer, Screenwriter|
|Date of Birth||Mar 23, 1904 – May 10, 1977 (73 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
How much is Joan Crawford worth?
At the time of her death in 1977, Joan Crawford, an American actress and stage performer, was worth $8.5 million dollars. Technically, the value of her estate was $2 million. She is best known for her roles in movies like “Mildred Pierce” and “The Damned Don’t Cry” from the silent film and “golden” eras of Hollywood.
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1904 in San Antonio, Texas. Her mother came from Ireland and Sweden. Her French and Dutch ancestors came from her father, who was a launderer. Her great-grandparents on her dad’s side were first cousins. Her childhood was hard because her parents split up soon after she was born, and her older sister died before she turned 18. Hal Hays LeSueur, her older brother, was an actor who won an Oscar. Her mother remarried, and the family moved to Lawton, Oklahoma, where her stepfather ran the Ramsey Opera House. She became interested in the performing arts after going to the opera house to see shows and get a closer look at theater. As a young child, she knew she wanted to be a dancer, but trying to get out of class put that dream in danger. She once jumped out of the classroom window to avoid piano lessons when she was in elementary school. She fell and hit a broken milk bottle. To fix the damage, she had to have three surgeries. Don Blanding, a poet from Hawaii and a veteran of the US Army, was there at the time and helped care for her wounds. He then wrote a poem about the experience.
In 1917, Crawford’s stepfather was accused of embezzlement. He was found not guilty, but the family had to move to Kansas City, Missouri, because he could no longer find work in Lawton. Her stepfather put her in a private Catholic school, and when her parents split up, she stayed there as a working student. Crawford didn’t get a good education because she was a working student. Because of this, she dropped out of college because the classes were too hard.
Highlights of a career:
In 1924, MGM offered her a contract for $75 a week, but at first she only got small roles, and sometimes she wasn’t even credited. Pete Smith, who was in charge of PR for MGM, didn’t like her last name, LeSueur, because he thought it sounded like “sewer.” To solve this problem, Smith gave readers of the magazine “Movie Weekly” a name poll in the form of a game. The winner of the national poll was “Joan Arden,” but when they found out that another actress was also named Joan Arden, they went with “Crawford,” which was the second most popular choice. She didn’t like the last name and wanted her first name to be pronounced “Jo Ann,” but those were minor complaints.
She was always upset that the roles that were given to her were too small and not very good. She got bigger parts because she was ambitious and determined, and she kept showing those traits all through her career. She worked on getting better at dancing and started entering dance competitions around town to get her name out there. The plan worked, and she was in the silent movie “Sally, Irene, and Mary” in 1925. Soon, Crawford was frequently being tapped by MGM to play the love interest in their films. When sound movies became more popular, some actors had trouble making the switch or chose not to do them. But in the 1929 movie “Untamed,” Crawford made the switch to the improved medium without any problems.
During the 1920s, she worked on building a persona that F. Scott Fitzgerald said was the best example of a flapper. She showed a kind of stoic sophistication and glamour that never went out of style. She was the kind of woman that women in the 1920s wanted to be like. She was cool, free-spirited, and ideal. By the middle of the 1930s, MGM started giving her more sophisticated roles that showed off her beauty. In 1932, she was in the movie “Grand Hotel,” which won an Oscar. Greta Garbo was also in the movie. From 1934 to 1936, she worked with Clark Gable on three love stories. She was one of the most popular actresses at MGM during the 1960s. At the end of the 1930s, she was less popular, and she only got small roles now and then. In 1938, a controversial article called “Box Office Poison” said that Greta Garbo, Mae West, and Joan Crawford should be let out of their contracts with big movie studios because their movies weren’t selling tickets. It was talked about in the movie industry, and “Box Office Poison” lists became popular because of it.
Crawford signed a $500,000 deal with Warner Bros. for three movies in 1943. Her first movie, “Hollywood Canteen,” was nominated for three Oscars. The movie “Mildred Pierce,” which she made in 1945, was a big hit at the box office and with critics. This helped her get out of her slump. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress, even though the director didn’t want her to be in the role and was critical of her the whole time. She kept making successful movies for Warner Bros. until 1952, when she asked to be let go because she thought they were giving her bad movies. After she left, she made the movie “Sudden Fear,” which was a big hit and got her a nomination for an Academy Award in 1953. For the rest of the decade, her career was steady but not very interesting. She was nominated for a BAFTA for the film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” in 1962, but it was her last big hit.
Life at home:
Crawford married four times with each marriage being four years long. In 1940, she adopted a daughter. When she married Phillip Terry in 1943, she adopted a son. In 1947, she adopted twins. In 1960, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joan Crawford died of a heart attack on May 10, 1977. She famously cut Christina and Christopher out of her will, citing “reasons that are well known to them.” They went to court and won a total of $55,000 from the estate.