LeSueur, Lucille Fay
Born: Mar 23, 1908 AD
Died: 1977 AD, at 69 years of age.
1908 - Born on March 23rd in San Antonio, Texas. American motion-picture actress who made her initial impact as a vivacious Jazz Age flapper but later matured into a star of psychological melodramas. She developed a glamorous screen image, appearing often as a sumptuously gowned, fur-draped, successful career woman.
1924 - Crawford danced in nightclubs under the name Billie Cassin, and she was dancing in Broadway musicals.
1928-1941 - She danced her way through such popular films as Our Dancing Daughters, Dance, Fools, Dance, and Dancing Lady. Among her early successes as a dramatic actress were The Women, Susan and God, Strange Cargo, and A Woman's Face.
- Married to Douglas Fairbanks and Phillip Terry.
1945 - A major turning point in Crawford's career was her performance in Mildred Pierce, for which she won an Academy Award.
1947-1963 - The story of an emotional and ambitious woman who rises from waitress to owner of a restaurant chain, it was followed by such high-quality pictures as Humoresque, Sudden Fear, and The Story of Esther Costello. Later successful roles were in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and The Caretakers.
- Married to Alfred Steele, the chairman of the Pepsi-Cola Company. After his death, she became a director of the company and in that role hired her friend Dorothy Arzner to film several Pepsi commercials.
1977 - Died on May 10th in New York, New York.
1978 - Crawford's adopted daughter Christina published Mommie Dearest, an account of the harsh childhood that Christina and an adopted brother had at their mother's hands, and a film version was produced three years after.
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