Joan Crawford with two of her adopted children, Christina  Christopher.  After Joan's death Christina would write a damning account of their life together.

Joan Crawford with two of her adopted children, Christina Christopher. After Joan's death Christina would write a damning account of their life together.

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Christina Crawford’s book Mommie Dearest. If this doesn't give you that 2 sec. violent shiver, you did grow up with MY mother!

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Bette Davis & Joan Crawford in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." A darkly funny movie!

Bette Davis & Joan Crawford in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." A darkly funny movie!

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Great legs, really bitchy one-liners, technicolor & a really awful garish final musical number, make this a camp classic. Joan Crawford tried her hardest to sing, but was eventually dubbed. Hear her own voice on countless outtakes on the DVD extras. TORCH SONG 1953 original vintage still (detail) (minkshmink collection)

Great legs, really bitchy one-liners, technicolor & a really awful garish final musical number, make this a camp classic. Joan Crawford tried her hardest to sing, but was eventually dubbed. Hear her own voice on countless outtakes on the DVD extras. TORCH SONG 1953 original vintage still (detail) (minkshmink collection)

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“A House of Gingerbread and Bells!” Or, the Night Joan Crawford Hypnotized America with a Fully-Orchestrated, Utterly Unintelligible, Six-Minute Dramatic Reading About “Little Children.” Or—Really, About Being Joan Crawford!

“A House of Gingerbread and Bells!” Or, the Night Joan Crawford Hypnotized America with a Fully-Orchestrated, Utterly Unintelligible, Six-Minute Dramatic Reading About “Little Children.” Or—Really, About Being Joan Crawford!

Joan Crawford and her then-husband, Philip Terry, have a picnic with their children and dog, 1945.

Joan Crawford and her then-husband, Philip Terry, have a picnic with their children and dog, 1945.

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