I just wanted to say that I absolutely love what you have done with this site, and answering the questions of Joan's still
As a child (I'm only 20...sad, I know...) I watched Mommie Dearest numerous times, and to be honest, until I came across
your site, I thought it was 100% reality. I wasn't even aware that Joan had other children besides Christina and Christopher.
After visiting your site, I have to question the movie and the book as well. If your grandmother was "sooo terrible"
toward Christina and Christopher, why was she not the same toward Cathy and Cynthia? I don't buy it. Once an abuser, always
I think that what Christina did is terrible. Joan adopted her and her brother and gave them both lives that were beyond
anything they could have ever imagined, out of the kindness of her heart - and they repay her by being defiant and tearing
down her image when she is gone, and not here to defend herself? Unbelievable.
I also noticed on the site that your family is in Allentown, PA! I'm just near there! I would love it if you could e-mail
me, I'd like to give you my number - it would be AMAZING to be able to meet you and see actual Joan Crawford memorabilia!
:) Congratulations on the success of your site, I see that there are A LOT of fans for your grandmother out there - they will
keep her alive in their hearts and their faith - even Christina can't take that away! :)
Thanks for the great letter! Welcome to the world's greatest Joan Crawford website!
Many thanks for the nice comments on the site. I contribute a small portion of the content. Neil Maciejewski is the
website's author and deserves 100% of the credit for creating this fantastic site. Neil has created a comprehensive and creative
look at the life and career of my grandmother, Joan Crawford.
Now back to your letter . . .
You are one of the countless fans who found Joan through Mommie Dearest. I am thrilled that you have looked past my Aunt
Christina's venomous book and campy film to find the real Joan Crawford. She was a woman of substance, dedicated to her family,
friends and fans and above all a Hollywood legend.
I have been asked these questions about Christina many times. I concede obviously that I wasn't present during the time
when Christina, Christopher and my mother and aunt lived with Joan. However, I can only go by the fond and loving memories
of my mother and Aunt Cindy.
Mommie Dearest, due to the potential litigation of showing my mother or aunt in the film, only represents Christina's
perspective. Mind you, by the time Mommie Dearest was released as a motion picture, my grandmother had been deceased for
several years. My grandmother had no other family to defend her, save for my mother and Aunt Cindy.
As for geography, I am the last member of the family to live in southeast Pennsylvania. My mother recently retired to
a nicer, warmer climate. I don't know how much longer I will last here either, as I can't stand the cold weather and snow!
Thanks for the wonderful letter and please write again!
I HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN TO LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF JOAN CRAWFORD I RECENTLY WATCHED THE MOVIE MOMMIE DEAREST WITH MY OWN
MOTHER HOW IS A JOAN CRAWFORD FAN. CAN YOU TELL ME WHY JOAN LEFT CHRISTINA AND CHRISTOPHER OUT OF THE WILL IN THE MOVIE? IT
STATED FOR REASON THEY BOTH NO WHY CAN YOU TELL ME WHY?
THANKYOU FOR YOU RESPONCE
Thanks for the letter and welcome!
First, I would strongly suggest that you look past Mommie Dearest and watch some REAL Joan Crawford films like Mildred
Pierce, A Woman's Face and The Women. You will see an astonishingly beautiful and professional actress. Aside from her legendary
Hollywood roles, she was a loving and caring mother and friend.
Second, given she was a very complex woman, I suggest you read and watch everything you can get your hands on. There
are more than a few perspectives on Joan's life. Don't take my Aunt Christina at face value. Read some other biographies,
Joan's own autobiographies and make up your own mind.
Thanks for letter and please write again! Happy Holidays!
Well I don't really have a question.
I'm kind of stuck on one to ask but I just wanted to say that your grandmother was such a beautiful woman. No actress
can compare to her. I've been watching your grandmother's films since I was a 5 and I'm 19 now and still watch them. The ones
I love the most are Dancing Lady, No More Ladies, Mildred Pierce, A Woman's Face and Grand Hotel. She is like a hero to me
and a lot of people don't understand why probably because of this Mommie Dearest idea but she will always be a hero to me
what she did or didn't do.
I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to listen to what I had to say I'm also really sorry to hear about your
aunt Cindy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thanks for the fabulous letter! Happy Holidays!
Your favorite Joan films are some of my favorites too. I am so glad you look beyond the Mommie Dearest hype and see just
how special she was as an actress and person. I am very proud to have you consider my grandmother as one of your heroes.
It makes my day!
Thanks for the wonderful letter and please write again!
Hello Casey LaLonde,
I often wonder how your grandmother kept up with all of these writing letters to thousands of fans every day?
Thanks for the delightful letter and Happy Holidays!
My grandmother worked tirelessly all day and into the night to correspond with her legion of fans. Also ever-present
was her incredibly talented assistants, including her confidential secretary Betty Barker. Betty worked full-time for my
grandmother from 1955 to Joan's death in 1977. Betty also worked part-time and on a volunteer "fan" basis for many
years prior to 1955. I visit Betty when I can get to Los Angeles. She has crystal clear memories of working with Joan over
the years and it is always a delight to ask questions about Hollywood's golden age.
Above all, I would suggest my grandmother was very well organized, efficient and dedicated to her family, friends and
fans. Joan was famous for writing thank you notes to thank you notes. It was just her way of keeping in touch with everyone
in the typewriter / pen and paper age. If she were a star today, I bet she would have a wonderful website with a full staff
to correspond with her fans.
Thanks for the letter and Happy Holidays!
What was Joan's cause of death?
Did Joan have any female lovers?
Charmica K. Edwards
Thanks for the letters and welcome!
Oh Memphis! One of my favorite cities! Jazz on Beale Street and delicious ribs at Corky's BBQ!
It is an interesting coincidence you are writing from Memphis, as I spent some time there in the early 1990's trying to
find my mother and Aunt Cindy's birth family. We were successful soon after going to court to open their adoption records
with the wonderful assistance from Denny Glad, who at the time was the president of Tennessee - The Right to Know, an adoption
rights advocacy group. Denny was so much help finding a lawyer and pursuing the right information.
The courts finally order my mother's birth and adoption records opened and we later met the entire family. J.W. Jordan,
their biological father, was a retiree living in Friendship, Tennessee. My mother and aunt were born in Dyersburg, a small
city north of Memphis. I still remember the little shops and restaurants there and have great memories of meeting the family.
One of the funny things that happened when my mother and I were poking around Dyersburg was stopping to ask a local where
the "hospital" was located. My mother and aunt were born in 1947 and they were born in the "old" hospital.
I got a funny look from the gas station attendant when I asked where the hospital was located, as the "new" hospital
was built many years later!
As for my grandmother's "official" cause of death, it is listed on her death certificate from the City of New
York Medical Examiner's Office as "Cardiac Arrest." It is widely noted that my grandmother had cancer. It was
even apparent to me as a young kid that she was wasting away from something. I believe she probably had a heart attack from
her illness, not as a separate cause of death. I remember her being so thin and frail towards the end.
You may view a scanned image of her death certificate at my friend Scott Michael's website www.findadeath.com. I consider
Scott's to be the best deceased celebrity site in existence. Please check it out!
As for your last question, information surfaced about two years ago when Marilyn Monroe's deceased psychiatrist's, Dr.
Ralph Greenson, tape recorded sessions with Marilyn were released. In those tapes, Marilyn claimed she and my grandmother
had a one-night stand. Marilyn apparently didn't enjoy the experience very much and told Joan so, causing my grandmother
just a little heartburn.
Thanks for the letter and please write again!
Your grandmother was a very beautiful and envied star! But what I don't understand, is if all these years Christina has
been trashing her mother why hasn't someone from the family counter sued yet? Whether or not the allegations be true or false,
it clearly shows she was after the money.
Also has anyone ever tried to buy some of your grandmother's things from you?
Thanks for the letter and welcome to the best Joan Crawford site on the Internet!
I too have been asking similar questions for much of my adult life. Why hasn't anyone from the family sued to stop Christina?
Simply put, American law does not allow defamation / slander / libel suits filed on behalf of those deceased. Although Christina
single handed ruined my grandmother's reputation for decades, there is or was no legal means to stop her.
By eliminating any reference to my mother, Aunt Cindy or even us grandchildren and focusing solely on Joan, Christina
could have literally said anything (and she did) about her without any legal recourse by the family. As a comparison, libel
/ slander / defamation law is more broad in the United Kingdom. The UK allows suits filed by family members of those deceased.
The UK laws make a for a more restricted biography selection, but more honorable nonetheless.
My mother did sue Christina back in 1998 for defamation. Christina once again claimed that my mother and Aunt Cindy were
not in fact twins but complete unrelated. My mother and Aunt Cindy were proven to be blood-related fraternal twins back in
the early 1990's through our efforts in the Tennessee courts to get their adoption records released. Christina and my mother
settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
As for your last question, no one has offered to buy any of my grandmother's things from me. To be honest, I wouldn't
even entertain an offer!
Thanks for the letter and please write again!
I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt. I was very excited to hear that there will be another DVD set
and another book coming out in Feb. 2008 about your grandmother. Do you think that there could possibly be a third DVD set?(No
doubt the second set will sell just as well as the first one!) And also do you know anything of the other two books that are
supposed to be released later in 2008?
Your response will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for the letter and welcome!
Thanks also for the condolences about Cindy.
2008 will be another exciting year for Joan fans as the second Warner Bros. DVD box set will be released, as well as Daisy
Kenyon from Fox Studio. The Warners box set will include A Woman's Face, Flamingo Road, Sadie McKee, Strange Cargo and Torch
Song. The box set is available beginning on February 12, 2008 and you can pre-order with your favorite online merchant.
My two film favorites from this box set are A Woman's Face and Flamingo Road. With so much fan interest in my grandmother's
films, a third box set is a sure bet. The first box set sold very well, and the second set will no doubt be as popular.
Given that only a fraction of my grandmother's films are currently available on DVD, there will be continued interest in future
years for additional box sets.
The Daisy Kenyon DVD release is scheduled for March 11, 2008. I am proud to have been included in the DVD extras with
an interview I did earlier this year in New York City. Hope you like it!
Several books are slated for release in 2008 also, including Charlotte Chandler's Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford,
a Personal Biography. Ms. Chandler has written other star biographies about Groucho Marx, Ingrid Bergman, director Billy
Wilder and Bette Davis. The book is scheduled to be available on February 5, 2008. I haven't seen any press on the book
as of today, but I am hoping for a genuine, positive look at Joan's life.
Thanks for the letter Linda and please write again!