1. Dans 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Crawford tenth on their list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
2. Beginning her career as a dancer in travelling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway, Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925.
3. Crawford often played hard-working young women who find romance and success.
4. These stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women.
5. But her career gradually improved in the early 1940s, and she made a major comeback in 1945 by starring in Mildred Pierce, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
6. She would go on to receive Best Actress nominations for Possessed .
7. Dans 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele.
8. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973.
9. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s, when her performances became fewer; after the release of the British horror film Trog in 1970, Crawford retired from the screen.
10. Following a public appearance in 1974, after which unflattering photographs were published, Crawford withdrew from public life and became increasingly reclusive until her death in 1977.
11. Her first three marriages ended in divorce; the last ended with the death of husband Alfred Steele.
12. She adopted five children, one of whom was reclaimed by his birth mother.
13. Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23; the year is disputed, with 1904, 1905, and 1906 the most likely estimates, all cited in varying sources, the third child of Thomas E. LeSueur , neither of whose years of birth can be conclusively established.
14. Anna Bell Johnson was of English, French Huguenot, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Ses frères et sœurs aînés étaient Daisy LeSueur et Hal LeSueur.
15. However, after his death on January 1, 1938, his age was given as 71.
16. The family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, where Cassin, a minor impresario, ran the Ramsey Opera House.