Joan CrawfordJoan Crawford (March 23, 1905 - May 10, 1977)was born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actor, film, television and theater.
Starting as a dancer traveling theater companies, before its Broadway debut, Crawford was signed to a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the amount and quality of his plays, Crawford began a campaign of self-advertising and has become nationally known as a damper in the late 1920s. In the 1930 Crawford fame surpassed MGM colleagues Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow. Crawford has often played the young women who work hard to find romance and financial success. These "rags to riches" stories were well received by the depression experienced by the public and were popular with women. Crawford was one of the movie stars of Hollywood's most prominent and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but his films began to lose money, and in the late 1930s, she was labeled "box office poison" with any of these other actors Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn and Fred Astaire.