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Crawford, Joanlocked

(23 March 1904–10 May 1977)
  • Ellis Nassour

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Crawford, Joan (23 March 1904–10 May 1977), actress, was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of French-Canadian Thomas LeSueur, a laborer, and Irish-Scandinavian Anna Bell Johnson, a waitress. Crawford was fond of saying, “We can skip my childhood. I didn’t have any. Everything I have in life, Hollywood gave me. I never went beyond the fifth grade. Pictures gave me all my education.” Her father deserted the family before she was born. Her mother then married Henry Cassin, a hotel and theater operator, and Lucille changed her name to Billie Cassin. When Crawford was eleven, Henry Cassin left the family after having been accused of theft....

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