Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor at the races, 1939
Okay to sum up
Once upon a time, Christina Crawford wrote a book called Mommie Dearest, in which she bashes her mother, Joan Crawford. The book even became a film, in which Joan’s character was played by Faye Dunnaway, who also hated the film.
Anyways, because of the book/film, some people have the wrong opinion about Joan, some people assume she was a horrible human being, a dredful mother, a monster who didn’t care for her children and only adopted them for publicity. Joan was indeed a strict mother who believed discipline was a good way to educate her children, she did beat them on certain ocasions but a lot of people did the same, it was a common practice that time and I’m afraid it still is. Also, it’s said she had drinking problems. However, Joan herself had a difficult childhood, her mother was quite abusive, she had to work since she was quite young, and stuff like that.. information that a lot of people are not aware of.
Many people associate Joan Crawford to that fucking “wire hanger” episode, because in the film, the character uses the wire hanger to beat her children - something Christina herself said that never even happened.
What credibility this woman is supposed to have, anyway?
I’m not saying Joan was the perfect mother.. She had flaws, but she always meant good. She did it all thinking about what she considered to be the best for her children, I wholeheartedly believe she had good intentions because Joan had a damn good heart. You know Disney’s It’s a Small World? Well, it probably wouldn’t exist without Joan, given the fact she was the one who asked Walt to create it and convinced the other Pepsi directors to go along with it.
Back to the history.
What Christina did was AWFUL. I mean, waiting for your mother to be dead so you can publish a book filled with disgusting lies about her?
In my opinion, Christina spent her whole life being jealous of Joan Crawford the cinema goddess and legend. She was/is jealous of her mother’s talent and beauty, jealous of everything Joan represented, everything Christina knew she would never achieve. She was/is ungrateful, coward and MEAN.
Also, where would she even be right now if it wasn’t for Joan? The money she uses to pay her bills every single month comes from Joan Crawford. Even though Joan is dead and Christina was left out of her will, she still earns money from the book, she still depends on that one person she talks so abominably about.
"I can no longer apologize to Joan, I hope my apology will mean something to those of you who love her most. Some of you may know me, or of me…I was one of Christina’s closest friends for over 25 years. I blindly went along with her nonsense, without question, or thought, or regard for what she did to defame one of the most talented actresses in the world, who worked her whole life to entertain people, and make them happy. I am no longer speaking to Christina, partly because of the person she has become. Yes, there was abuse in that house, but I honestly believe that Joan was at her wits end with what to do with this horrible, stubborn, ungrateful adopted child. I’m at my wits end with what to do with this horrible, stubborn, ungrateful 75 year old woman. Except that I can walk away. Joan couldn’t. My mother [Patty Andrews] was very famous too. She died last year, and though my life was not all sunshine and lolly pops either-I could have written a book-I chose to consider every show, song or movie that she did, as a badge of honor, and pride, that I was lucky enough to be a part of. I would no more write a book full of crap, and "poor me-s" now that she is dead, and deprive the world from knowing her as the legend that she and her sisters were. That is the chicken shit way. So Miss Joan Crawford- I have always loved your acting. I am sorry I did not defend you, when you were no longer here to defend yourself. I am sorry that I participated in Christina’s hateful attempt to destroy your legacy. And more than anything, I am sorry that your good deed caused you so much pain. Iva Bernice (Christina’s birth mother whom I tracked down for her about 20 years ago- pre computer) dodged a bullet. I’m sorry Miss Crawford that you didn’t."- Pam DuBois.
One of Audrey’s earliest onscreen lines was: “Who wants a ciggy?” She would go on to smoke in Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, How to Steal a Million, Paris When it Sizzles and Two for the Road.
The British brand Wills’ Gold Flake was her brand of choice (until they were taken off the market for high tar content) and later Kents. Audrey knew the dangers of smoking, so she often tried to cut down, but never managed to stop altogether. More often than not, her habit increased in times of stress.
In the evenings, Audrey was known to ask “Would you be very chocked if I poured myself a small whisky? It’s awfully early, I know, but it must be six o’clock somewhere in the world.” How could anyone deny her? Maybe that’s why the Rat Pack labeled her “The Princess.”
People magazine gave us a whole new perspective. “The day typically wound down with Heburn ambling around the house with a Kent cigarette and her nightly ‘two fingers’ of J&B Scotch.”
It was Elizabeth Taylor who said: “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” It’s no wonder she and Audrey were good friends.
Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s 8½ on the official poster for Cannes 2014, designed by Hervé Chigioni and Gilles Frappier.
8½ played in the Official Selection at Cannes in 1963.
Happy Birthday Elizabeth Montgomery!
(April 15, 1933 - May 18, 1995)
"She never thought she was funny, and everything came out of honesty." – Sandra Gould
"The minute someone says ‘Oh God, you could never do that; you can’t get that kind of stuff on the air’, that’s the kind of stuff I want to do."
Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Montgomery! (April 15, 1933 - May 18, 1995)
Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Montgomery!
(April 15, 1933 - May 18, 1995)
"Liz was always imaginative and dramatic. She told me at an early age that she wanted to be an actress and I encouraged her. I said that when she was ready to make her debut I wanted it to be with me." Robert Montgomery
"She was funny, and she used to have fun. I’ve had some of the best laughs of my life with her. [Elizabeth] never thought she was funny. And everything she did on screen came out of honest." Sandra Gould
"She was talented.. she was an actress, a fine actress. She left this world too young… she was so gifted. Such a divine person, so easygoing." Juanita Moore