Birth Name: Lucille Fay Le Sueur
Crawford's extraordinary career encompassed 45 years and some 80 films.
Spotted in a chorus line by MGM and signed in 1925, her portrayal of a
"flapper" in her 21st film, OUR DANCING
DAUGHTERS (1928), made her a star. Crawford maintained this status
throughout the remainder of her career, but not without setbacks. Despite
a mature and impressive performance in THE
WOMEN (1939), Crawford continued to be given less-than-challenging
roles by the studio.
Crawford was married to actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Franchot Tone and was portrayed as a cruel and calculating mother by Faye Dunaway in the 1981 film, MOMMIE DEAREST, based on a biography by her adopted daughter Christina. The film was made famous for this line