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JOAN CRAWFORD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/14/1951 - HFSID 298096

JOAN CRAWFORD Warm, chatty reply to a birthday greeting, mentioning her "marvelous day with the children" Typed Letter signed: "Joan Crawford", 1 page, 6¼x10. Los Angeles, California, 1951 April 14.

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JOAN CRAWFORD
Warm, chatty reply to a birthday greeting, mentioning her "marvelous day with the children"
Typed Letter signed: "Joan Crawford", 1 page, 6¼x10. Los Angeles, California, 1951 April 14. On personal letterhead to Katherine LeBlanc, Corona, New York, in full: "It is with a deep feeling of gratefulness that I wish to thank you for the beautiful birthday card. Each year I find this day so full of happiness because of the thoughtfulness of my many friends. It was so sweet of you to remember me as you always do on all special occasions. The friendly greeting and your personal note gave me joy. I spent part of the day opening gifts, cards and letters. Being so near to Easter, and having had such a marvelous day with the children, I found myself left with the most pleasant memories of two wonderful days. I have found that one's life is enriched by the loyalty and sincerity of friends. I feel I am most fortunate in sharing so much richness with so many true and wonderful friendships. Best wishes and good luck to you always. Sincerely yours". Joan 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). When she wrote this letter, unmarried at the time, had four young children, three of them adopted. A tell-all memoir, Mommie Dearest (1978, later made into a feature film), by her eldest daughter Christina (b. 1939), portrayed Crawford as unfeeling and ruthlessly ambitious. However, Crawford was a faithful correspondent with her large fan base. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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