Friday, August 30, 2013

AT HOME WITH JOAN CRAWFORD

Joan Crawford lived in many plush and huge mansions during her time as the queen of Hollywood. However, by the 1970s, she was living less and less like a movie star. She left her nine-room apartment at the Imperial house and downgraded to a 5-room apartment in 1973. This unit only cost her $85,000 a big difference from the $500,000 she paid for the nine-room unit. Joan kept her apartment very tidy just like all her other places. The plastic was all over ever piece of furniture to protect it from wear and tear. (Almost sounds like my own mother).

Joan loved to watch her old movies late at night when they would broadcast them on TV. It must have brought back a lot of good memories when she saw her old movies and her youthful beauty. Joan continued to have small parties and luncheons in her apartment and saw her twin on a regular basis. As Joan got older and her health declined she alienated several friends because of her drinking, her late night phone calls and her temperament. She had serious health problems by 1976 and had become very recluse and isolated. Joan had started out with nothing a long time ago in Oklahoma so it was fitting she would want to face death her own way. The last months of her life she withdrew from friends and was accompanied by a woman named Darinka Papich, a fan, and a fellow Christian Scientist named Mrs. Campbell. Joan's long time maid for many years, Mamacita, was away when Joan died. Joan Crawford died on May 10th 1977 in her apartment 22-G at the Imperial House. Below are photos of her last residence...





1 comment:

  1. An interesting post, David, because film fans often forget about the last days of the classic stars. At least, Joan had it better during her later years than folks like Veronica Lake. Fascinating photos of Joan's apartment.

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