Joan Crawford with her twin daughters in Miami Florida circa 1959

Joan Crawford with her twin daughters in Miami Florida circa 1959

Legendary Hollywood actress Joan Crawford (pictured with her adopted twin daughters Cathy and Cindy in 1957) was redefined as a sadistic control freak by the movie Mommie Dearest – an abusive drunk who forced her children to eat raw steak, almost killed her eldest daughter and had an strange hatred for wire hangers

Legendary Hollywood actress Joan Crawford (pictured with her adopted twin daughters Cathy and Cindy in 1957) was redefined as a sadistic control freak by the movie Mommie Dearest – an abusive drunk who forced her children to eat raw steak, almost killed her eldest daughter and had an strange hatred for wire hangers

Joan Crawford (center), having completed work on Autumn Leaves (1956), posing with her adopted children, top, from left: Christopher Crawford, Christina Crawford, bottom, from left: Cynthia Crawford, Cathy Crawford.

Joan Crawford (center), having completed work on Autumn Leaves (1956), posing with her adopted children, top, from left: Christopher Crawford, Christina Crawford, bottom, from left: Cynthia Crawford, Cathy Crawford.

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.

Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina who penned "Mommy Dearest" after Crawford died...........Let's just say Christina got the last word.

Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina who penned "Mommy Dearest" after Crawford died...........Let's just say Christina got the last word.

Joan Crawford hugging her two adopted children, Christina and Christopher, while sitting on beach, 1945.

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Joan Crawford hugging her two adopted children, Christina and Christopher, while sitting on beach, 1945.

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