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JOAN CRAWFORD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/20/1974 - HFSID 65461

Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford signed this letter on her personalized stationery in 1974 to thank an author for putting her on the cover of his book. She also wrote about the death of fellow silent movie actor William Haines.

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JOAN CRAWFORD
Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford signed this letter on her personalized stationery in 1974 to thank an author for putting her on the cover of his book. She also wrote about the death of fellow silent movie actor William Haines.
Typed letter signed "Joan". 1 page, 6x7. Feb. 20, 1974.In full: "Larry dear, Thank you for your good letter of the eleventh, and the cover of your new book, 'The Great Romantic Films' - and what an impressive cover it is! And thank you - I feel very complimented that I am on the cover, Larry dear. I am looking forward to seeing the book in May. I didn't see Michael Moriarty in 'Find Your way Home', but did see him in Katharine Hepburn's 'The Glass Menagerie' on television, and I thought he was brilliant. Yes, William Haines' death was a great shock to me, but he suffered for many months, so I know it was a blessing. He was a rare and wonderful friend. I miss him very much. God bless - and my love, as ever." HAINES (1900-1973, born in Staunton, Virginia) was a leading man of the silent and early talkie era. He starred alongside Crawford in several movies before retiring in 1934 to become an interior designer, often to the stars. CRAWFORD (1904-1977, born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas) shot to stardom on the strength of 1928's Our Dancing Daughters, starring as Diana "Di" Medford, a role originally intended for Clara Bow. The film was hugely successful, and MGM soon doubled her salary and began featuring her name on marquees. Unlike so many stars of the period, Crawford successfully made the transformation from the silents to the sound era, although she preferred the silents. Crawford, originally a professional dancer, had made her film debut in 1925. She won a Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce (1945) and was nominated for Best Actress Oscars for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). A tell-all memoir, Mommie Dearest (1978, later made into a feature film), by her daughter Christina, portrayed Crawford as unfeeling and ruthlessly ambitious. However, Crawford was a faithful correspondent with her large fan base. Fine condition.

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