Joan Crawford Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career and Awards.
Joan Crawford Net Worth 2020 – Joan Crawford was an American film and television actress counted amongst the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
One of the topmost actresses of the 1930s, she is best remembered for her films ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ and ‘Mildred Pierce,’ for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She was born as Lucille Fay LeSueur on 23 March, in San Antonio, Texas, to Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer, and Anna Bell Johnson.
The year of her birth is disputed; she is believed to have been born sometime between 1903 and 1908.
Her father abandoned the family either before her birth or soon after. Her mother subsequently married Henry J. Cassin, a minor impresario who ran the Ramsey Opera House.
Her childhood was a troubled one and she was unable to focus on her formal education. The break-up of her mother and stepfather further added to the young girl’s miseries.
After attending a Catholic boarding school, St. Agnes, Lucille moved to the Rockingham Academy as a working student. Life at the academy was harsh; she was physically and emotionally abused by her headmistress.
In 1922, she entered Stephens College, a girls’ school in Columbia, again as a working student. However, she dropped out after a few months.
- She started her show business career as a dancer in the choruses of traveling revues. Soon she got spotted for her beauty and talent which led to her Broadway debut. She ventured into films in the mid-1920s and adopted the screen name “Joan Crawford.”
- Initially, she was offered only minor roles, but the ambitious young lady tried her best to promote herself and was successful in bagging lead roles for herself. She received her major breakthrough playing Lon Chaney’s love interest in the 1927 horror film, ‘The Unknown.’
- More popular films followed and she effortlessly made the transition to the talkies with her first sound film, ‘Untamed’ (1929), which was a critical and box office success. Her string of successes continued and she became one of the topmost female stars in the 1930s.
- She gained much fame for starring in a number of “rags-to-riches” films that were extremely popular during the Depression-era. Her portrayal of poor but hard-working women who achieve financial success through their determination struck a chord with the female audiences in the Depression-era.
- During the 1930s she often shared the screen with some of the leading men in Hollywood and appeared in eight movies with Clark Gable, including romantic drama ‘Possessed’ (1931), musical film ‘Dancing Lady’ (1933), romantic comedy ‘Love on the Run’ (1936), and romantic drama ‘Strange Cargo’ (1940).
- In the late 1930s, she went through a low period when most of her films flopped and she was labeled “Box Office Poison.” Not someone to accept defeat so easily, she struggled hard to re-invent her career and was successful in doing so.
- She appeared in one of her best films, ‘Mildred Pierce’, in 1945 in which she played the title role. The film was a resounding success and earned Crawford the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
- During the latter half of the 1940s, she appeared in a number of melodramas including ‘Humoresque’ (1946), ‘Possessed ‘(1947), ‘Daisy Kenyon’ (1947), and ‘Flamingo Road ‘ (1949).
- She worked steadily throughout the 1950s and in 1962 she starred along with Bette Davis in the highly successful psychological thriller ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ (1962). She retired from the screen in 1970.
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce Beragon in the drama film ‘Mildred Pierce’ (1945).
Crawford was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by John Wayne at the Golden Globes in 1970.
Joan Crawford Net Worth
Joan Crawford was an American actress who had a net worth equal to $8 million at the time of her death in 1977