San Antonio, Texas
Died at age 73 in 1977
By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs. She was a good dancer, and before long, she was dancing chorus line in big cities. After almost two years, she packed her bags and moved to Hollywood. Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo.
Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1922 to 1939
"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"
"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"
1940s movie star
"The Love Goddess"
The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado
1950s movie star
"LuLu" or "Brooksie"
Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta
1940s iconic actress
The "It" Girl
"Billie" or "Cranberry"
1940s beautiful actress
"The British Open"
Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife
Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl
The Queen of Scream
"The Peek-a-boo Girl"
Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde
1920s film comedienne and philanthropist
"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"
"The First Lady of American Cinema"
"Hollywood's Number One party girl"
"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"
"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"
"Baby" or "The Look"
"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
1930s movie star
"Queen of the B's"
"The 'Ping' Girl"
The "Oomph" Girl
"The Hungarian Rhapsody"
1930s sexy wisecracker
"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"
1930s winsome blonde
The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma
1930s B-movie starlet
"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"
Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps
1930s comic cutie
1930s fashion star
1930s pale-eyed blonde
1930s "nice girl" actress
1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator
Queen of Warner Brothers
1920s silent film actress