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Lucille Fay Steele (LeSueur)

Also Known As: "Billie Cassin", "Cranberry", "Billie", "Tone"
Birthplace: San Antonio, Brexar County, Texas, United States
Death: May 10, 1977 (72)
New York, New York County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas E. LeSueur and Anna Crawford
Wife of Alfred Nu Steele
Ex-wife of Franchot Tone; Phillip Terry and Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr.
Mother of Christopher Crawford (adopted); Cindy Crawford (adopted twin); Private and Private
Sister of Daisy LeSueur and Hal LeSueur

Occupation: Actress, Movie Star
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About Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur) was an American actress in film, television and theatre. Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These "rags-to-riches" stories were well-received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled "box office poison".

After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Crawford staged a comeback by starring in Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company, through her marriage to company president Alfred Steele. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s, when her performances became fewer; after the release of the British horror film Trog in 1970, Crawford retired from the screen. Following a public appearance in 1974, after which unflattering photographs were published, Crawford withdrew from public life and became more and more reclusive until her death in 1977.

Crawford married four times. Her first three marriages ended in divorce; the last ended with the death of husband Al Steele. She adopted five children, one of whom was reclaimed by his birth mother. Crawford's relationships with her two older children, Christina and Christopher, were acrimonious. Crawford disinherited the two and, after Crawford's death, Christina wrote a "tell-all" memoir, Mommie Dearest, in which she alleged a lifelong pattern of physical and emotional abuse perpetrated by Crawford.

Crawford's hand and footprints are immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street. In 1999, Playboy listed Crawford as one of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 20th century," ranking her #84.

Main Mausoleum, Unit 8, Alcove E, Crypt 42

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Joan Crawford's Timeline

March 23, 1905
San Antonio, Brexar County, Texas, United States
October 15, 1943