THE ROMANTIC COMEDY BLOGATHON: HOSTED BY CAROLE & CO, AND CO-HOSTED BY BACKLOTS.

 

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It’s time for another blogathon. This time Backlots will be co-hosting “The Romantic Comedy Blogathon” along with Carole & Co. All participants are required to write about a romantic comedy or screwball comedy of their choice. Lara Gabrielle ( Author of Backlots ) and Vincent Paterno ( Author of Carole & Co, ) are currently taking registrations. If there are any bloggers that are interested in participating in this blogathon, please contact Lara or Vincent with the title of the movie that you would like to blog about, and they would be more than happy to sign you up.

Once again I will be taking part in this blogathon. My contribution will be a detailed account on “Woman Of The Year” 1942, the first of the nine famous Tracy and Hepburn collaborations.

The blogathon will take place between May 1 and May 4th, 2014. With the success of the previous blogathons, this blogathon looks like it’s going to be a hit as well. Already Lara and Vincent has received an array of requests of other fellow bloggers, who are enthusiastic and wanting to partake in this current blogathon.

So light up those candles and spark up the romance for the “Romantic Comedy Blogathon”.

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REST IN PEACE SHIRLEY TEMPLE: 1928 – 2014

Today we mourn the loss of Shirley Temple, the quintessential and iconic child star, with the curly top hair and cute dimpled smile, who won the hearts of millions at such a young age. Today Shirley remains the brightest and most renowned child star to ever grace the silver screen

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Shirley Temple made her star studded debut in this world on April 23rd, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, to parents Gertrude Amelia Temple, who at the time of Shirley’s birth was a proficient home maker, and George Francis Temple, a qualified bank employee. Shirley was the youngest child. She had two older brothers, George Francis Jr, and John Stanley.

When Shirley was a few years old, her mother noticed her daughters extraordinary talent, so she encouraged Shirley’s abilities in singing, dancing and acting. In September 1931, Shirley was enrolled at Meglin’s Dance School.

After a few months at Meglin’s, Shirley began to shine. She was spotted by Charles Lamont, a casting director for Educational Pictures. He recognized Shirley’s incredible talent, and knew that this bright eyed little youngster will one day succeed. Realizing that she had a gift, Charles invited her to audition. In 1932, Educational Pictures signed Shirley Temple to a contract. They were about to launch their Baby Burlesks, which was a series of short films that required pre-school children in every role. Shirley Temple was the perfect candidate. When Educational Pictures went bust, Shirley and her fellow child co-stars appeared in a few commercials for breakfast cereals, and other products. In 1932, she was loaned to Tower Productions, where she made her debut in feature film, and landed a small part in “Red-Haired Alibi”. Even though her role was small, she was still a sensation, and Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. began calling for her for various bit parts.

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Educational Pictures finally declared bankruptcy in 1933. After appearing in several bit parts, Shirley signed a contract with Twentieth Century Fox in 1934. In April that year, she made her breakthrough role in “Stand Up And Cheer”. After the release of “Stand Up And Cheer” Shirley’s fame escalated to great heights. With a raise in her salary, Shirley Temple was now on her way. With the success of her first picture, she was loaned out to Paramount in June 1934  for “Little Miss Marker”.

Both films were highly achieved at the box office. Shirley then went on to portray the role of Shirley Blake in “Bright Eyes”. They wanted this vehicle especially for Temple, so “Bright Eyes” became the first film written and developed specifically to suit her talents. It was in this movie where she sang her signature song “On The Good Ship Lollipop”. “Bright Eyes” was released on December 28th, 1934. The film was widely acclaimed, and was a triumph. Shirley was now a household name. People would flock to the cinemas especially to see Shirley. Audiences couldn’t get enough of Shirley Temple. She was the definition of wholesome family entertainment.

In February 1935, Shirley became the first star to be honored with a Juvenile Oscar. A month later she put her hands and footprints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She was now the studios greatest asset, and the Shirley Temple Development team were now hard at work creating eleven original stories especially for her.

At the time the USA were facing a depression. Hollywood and the movie studios were ominous, and the rest of the country were grim, and many were in despair. However people looked up to Shirley Temple for hope. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated “It is a splendid thing that for just fifteen cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.”

After the depression era, Temple appeared in several more successful films, and still retained her superstar status. In 1939, it was in talks that Shirley was to play the role of Dorothy in the upcoming film “The Wizard Of Oz”, but Fox wouldn’t let her out of her contract, and the role as Dorothy went to Judy Garland, who was the original choice for Dorothy.

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On September 19th, 1945, Shirley married John Agar. The couple had their first child in 1948, a baby girl who they called Linda Susan. Appearing in two films together, their marriage became rocky, and they divorced in 1949. Temple married Charles Alden Black in 1950. It was with Charles that she gave birth to two other children, Charles Alden Black Jr, and Lori. The couple lived contentedly until Charles’s death in 2002.

With a career transformation, she became a prominent politician and diplomat. She was the 27th United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, and became active in the Republican Party Of California.

Shirley was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972, and underwent a radical mastectomy. Following the operation she became the first prominent woman to speak openly about breast cancer.

Sadly Shirley Temple passed away Monday at the age of 85, at her home in Woodside California. She is survived by her three children.

Shirley will forever be remembered as the cute little child star with the curly top hair, adorned in ringlets, and dimpled smile, who captivated the heart of millions worldwide.

Rest In Peace Dear Shirley. Thank you for a lifetime of endless entertainment, joy and laughter.

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Rest In Peace Joan Fontaine: October 22nd, 1917 – December 15th, 2013

Hello dear readers.

Today we farewell the legendary Oscar winning actress Joan Fontaine, who passed away yesterday, Sunday December 15th, at the age of 96, at her home Villa Fontana in Carmel California, from natural causes.

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Born on October 22nd, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan to parents Walter Augustus de Havilland & Lilian Augusta, who already had their daughter Olivia, who was born a year prior in July 1916.

As a child Fontaine suffered from various illnesses, and after consulting the doctor who suggested they vacate to a healthy environment in order to improve Joan’s health, Joan along with her mother and sister located to Saratoga, California, where Joan’s health rapidly progressed.

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In 1935, Joan followed in her sisters footsteps and pursued a career in acting. Appearing in several films including “The Women” 1939, starring Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. It wasn’t until she was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film “Rebecca” 1940, that Joan made her big break. After the release of “Rebecca” Joan became a screen sensation over night and was nominated for an Oscar for her famous portrayal of the Second Mrs. de Winter. Though she never attained the Oscar that year, luck came her way the following year when she took the Oscar home for her second Hitchcock film “Suspicion” starring Cary Grant.

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Joan continued starring in an array of successful films in the 1940’s. She acquired her third Oscar nomination in 1943 for her role in “The Constant Nymph” and went on to achieve high recognition in other films. In the 1950’s her status began to decline, so Joan tried her hand at other mediums including stage production and television, which grew efficacious acclaim and her popularity exacerbated to great heights.

Retiring in 1994, after a successful career in film, Joan resided in Carmel, California, where she looked after her four dogs and tended to her gardens. In October she celebrated her 96th Birthday, and gave her final interview to fellow blogger and friend Lara Gabrielle.

Sadly Joan Fontaine died yesterday at the age of 96. She is survived by her sister Olivia de Havilland, who the two shared a lifelong feud, which resulted in the two sisters to lose correspondence with each other.

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Rest In Peace dear Joan. I love you and miss you. Now you are a beautiful shining star in heaven. You’re memory will live on through your large spate of films and adoring legion of fans. Sleep well sweetheart.

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Written by Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

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Interview With Bette Davis Fan, Jennifer Johnson.

Hello readers.

I recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview on Bette Davis with long time fan Jennifer Johnson, who resides in Bakersfield, California. Jennifer is a highly noted and dedicated Bette fan. She is the host of the Facebook page titled “The Bette Davis Page”, which was created as a loving tribute in honor of Bette Davis. The page attracts thousands of Bette fans worldwide, and is the most recognized Bette page on Facebook. She is also the host of the website “Bette Davis Online”, which as well as the website also has a Facebook group, which has drawn popular acclaim in recent weeks. Jennifer explains in this interview how she has been enamored by Bette from a young age, and to this day she remains one of Bette’s most ardent supporters and is known within the Bette Davis community and estate.

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Q: You have been a Bette fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Bette and what made you become passionate about her?

A: I first discovered Bette when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I heard the song Bette Davis eyes and I was not sure who Kim Carnes was talking about so I asked my mom, I don’t get it, who is Bette Davis? My mom told me that she was an actress from the 40’s and that she was a legend. I asked her if she was still alive and she said yes. She said she was very outspoken and was a fantasic actress. She told me one night when she was on Carson to come check it out. I watched that interview and that is when I started to really like her. She was funny, and real. It was much later though, when I was a teenager when I would start to discover her movies thanks to my mother and my late grandmother. ; )

Q: Bette is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Bette?

A: What inspires me most about her is that she never gave up. She was incredibly strong. She stood up for what she believed in and worked very hard not only in her career as an actress, but in her personal life as well. I believe she inherited her work ethic from her mother Ruthie, which she later worked to take care of in life along with her sister Bobby. Her later years inspired me too, when she battled cancer and numerous strokes. She still worked, and travelled to recieve awards no matter how frail or sick she was. Also dealing with the nasty book her daughter B.D. came out with, My Mother’s Keeper, which hurt her very deeply. She still fought hard to keep going. It showed remarkable courage.

Q: Bette is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Bette and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Bette?

A: I think it is her overall appearance as an actress. Bette was larger than life. There was, and still is no one else like her. She was always very real. She didn’t care if her peers liked her. She was not about that. She was about being herself. I think she attracts a younger generation of people because so many entertainers of todays generation are so unrealistic in their demeanor and with their acting. There is so much phoniness in Hollywood today. Not as many entertainers work as hard as she did. Many of these entertainers today seek so much attention for their notoriety that Bette never seeked. She was a REAL actress from a generation that busted their ass to earn their legend. I think people of our current generation can really respect and appreciate that.

Q: Bette has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Bette has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Bette movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Bette movie?

A: I really do not have just one so I will name the favorites that I like most. They are listed in no order, because I just can’t list any in a particular order. ; ) Some may find my list surprising because not a lot of her big named movies are listed. I guess because some of her most memorable roles to me, were not always her biggest hits. A Stolen Life, Now, Voyager, Dark Victory, The Letter, Old Acquainteince, Of Human Bondage, All This and Heaven Too, and of course, All About Eve. ; )

Q: Bette has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Bette moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Bette moment?

A: The Dick Cavett Interview in 1971 was fantastic. She was always great on Carson and Letterman too in her later years. Another appearance that I loved with her was the Jack Parr Show from 1962. And another is Andy Williams where she sang Whatever Happend To Baby Jane?. She was just the ultimate star and was just so genuine in real in every appearance and interview she did. She was very professional, but yet, fun, witty, and extremely entertaining. You could tell the interviewers of these shows just enjoyed having her which was delightful to see.

Q: Bette passed away in October 1989. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: I was a teenager when she died, I was 15. I was very much saddened because although at that time, I was not as big of a fan of hers as I am now, I still appreciated her and admired her. I knew that we lost a legend that no one will ever fill the shoes of. It was a huge magnitude of a loss that will never be replaced.

Q: Bette has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Bette have on you?

A: Bette has a large impact on me. She shows me that you can have whatever you want in life if you work hard for it. If you believe in yourself, anything can become possible. She never gave up on her goals and her dreams. Also, by fighting hard in life, battling and illness, which I have myself, to show that still living life to the very fullest is the biggest blessing ever. Her spirit still lives very strongly on this earth. Her spirit still lives on, and for that it continues to inspire so many.

Q: No matter what decade, Bette always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Bette period. 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, 70′s or 80′s?

A: This is a hard one because she made so many great films during many of those periods. I would have to say the 30’s and 40’s. That is when she was in her strongest hayday as an actress and where some of her best work was born and vivid on the movie screens. Those two periods were when she was at her very best in her craft.

Q: Every fan has a certain Bette item that they cherish the most. What Bette possession do you most cherish?

A: I have a large collection, and there are so many things that I cherish. So it would be very hard to say what is my absolute favorite. One thing would be the AFI program, because only those who attended got to receive it, I bought it from one of the producers of the show. Also, the very many rare photographs I have obtained, and the movie press books are awesome as well. ; ) I have some of her owned items, like one of her scarves, a purse, a cig case and handkerchief. You just cant put a price tag on those kinds of things and you really cant choose a favorite from them either.

Q: Many people have had the rare opportunity to meet Bette, or others have written to her and have been fortunate enough to attain her autograph. Have you ever had any dealings with Bette. Have you ever sent her a fan letter & she replied, or have you been lucky enough to meet her? You have had correspondence with Michael and Kathryn Sermak?. Tell us about that experience?

A: I never had any chance to meet her when she was alive. I was a teenager when she passed and very young when she was in her later years. I never had the opportunity to write her. Although at that time in my life I spent it writing fan letters to soap stars. I never thought of writing her and if I would get a response from her. I have been in contact with Mike Merrill and Kathyrn Sermak. Both are very nice people and view Bette’s legacy as the highest of importance. They are both very grateful and amazed at the legions of adoring fans Bette still has throughout the world. ; )  

Q: If you had to introduce Bette to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: I have done this, actually. The movies I have recommended are Of Human Bondage, Now, Voyager, Dark Victory, and All About Eve. I believe those films are some of her most iconic, and some of her best work. These films are the ones I would recommend so any new fan I would recommend her to, could see her powerful nature as an actress and how she can portray so many different characters in various roles.

Q: Bette was a very beautiful person with unique attractiveness. She had the appeal, charm and charisma like any of the well noted Hollywood beauties. In which movie do you think Bette appears the most glamorous?

A: I would have to say All About Eve. She possessed herself as a big star. And she was. She just looked so radiant in that film. She demonstrated how a big star was to be portrayed and how one is to act.

Q: Bette is known for playing a lot of unsympathetic characters. Characters that are mean and evil. Out of all the characters that Bette has portrayed, which character do you think is the most evil?

A: I would have to say its a toss between Regina Giddens from The Little Foxes, and Mildred Rodgers from Of Human Bondage. Both of them were just so manipulative and nasty you just had no sympathy for them. Another would be Stanley Timberlake from In This Our Life, who was another rotten woman who you just despised and had no sympathy for.

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Bette Davis?

A: Bette was real. While many stars of her generation, and todays as well, possessed a certain amount of phoniness to protect an image, Bette didn’t much care about that. She said what was on her mind. She didn’t care what others thought of her. She worked extremely hard. She stood the test of time. No matter how old this world gets, or whenever it comes to an end, Bette Davis has made her mark for millions of lifetimes. Her footprints have left a permanent imprint that will never be removed or replaced.

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Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to be interviewed. It was a real delight being able to grant this interview with you.

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By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

Here’s the link to Jennifer’s Bette Davis Online Website.

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Interview With Joan Crawford Fan, Christopher Blankenship

Hello readers.

As I’m continuing on conducting interviews with fans of these four great ladies, yesterday I was delighted to grant an interview with Christopher Blankenship, an ardent Joan Crawford fan, who has resided in North Carolina for most of his life. At age twenty five, Christopher is one of the most loyal and devoted Joan followers I know. In this interview Chris explains that he became interested in Joan at a very young age after watching “Mommie Dearest” on the TV. At the time he didn’t really know anything about Joan and was intrigued by the movie. Later on as his passion for Joan increased, Chris decided to look through the lens of “Mommie Dearest” and discover Joan first hand by watching some of her movies with his grandmother, who enjoyed watching classic movies. While Joan Crawford is his favorite, Christopher also displays a strong interest in Marilyn Monroe.

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Q: You have been a Joan fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Joan and what made you become passionate about her?

A: Yes I have been a devoted fan of hers since I was a child. At that particular age I had only been able to see “Mommie Dearest” and being at the age I was, I was very interested with the appearance of her house in Brentwood. The pool, staircase and luxurious bed were all very eye catching to me and the appearance of Faye Dunaway in such beautiful outfits, really had my interest. But as with everyone else, from that period of time, I believe it came from my Nana, Anna Ruth Wright as she used to watch all kinds of older movies at night.

Q: Joan is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Joan?

A: Her way of life and how she lived it to not let anyone in her way, is what inspires me most. She has taught me so much on how to get what I really wanted out of my own life. She inspires me to have inner as well as outer beauty without having too much. And to let you in on a secret of mine most of my beauty trademarks came from Joan, the way I occasionally do my eyebrows or lips is all from Joan Crawford. And even the way she talked inspires me to better my own speech. Using word’s like “Lovely” and names like “Darling” and “Dear”. And she inspires me to embrace my own very broad exaggerated shoulders. And also she inspires me to always be on time and to always return each and every single one my letter’s and phone call’s in a polite manner.

Q: Joan is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Joan and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Joan?

A: Honestly, without sugar coating it…I think it’s “Mommie Dearest” most people of today love drama no matter how much of a lie it is they will feed off of it, along with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood from Joan’s time, not the Hollywood of today “they’re snobbish little geeks there, and you may have it.”

Q: Joan has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Joan has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Joan movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Joan movie?

A: Her first picture for Warner’s Brother‘s, “Mildred Pierce” that became not only a huge hit but earned Joan an Oscar for Best Actress of 1945.

Q: Joan has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Joan moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Joan moment?

A: From a movie…it would have to be from the 1955 movie titled “Queen Bee” when she said “I thought you were aware by this time that I’m not someone to be sent for like a kitchen maid” that was her character’s line I know, but she said it with such passion and so perfectly it was like she delivered the line from within herself, she was a risk taker in her line of work at the Studio as far as challenging herself to do more diverse roles and be outspoken.

Q: Joan passed away in May 1977. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: I was not even alive in 1977, I wasn’t born until the summer of 1988. But when I did learn of her passing and what caused it I felt a lot of deep sorrow and dark morbid depression, it was the end of an era for me. Almost like a Queen had died, the Queen of the silver screen.

Q: Joan has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Joan have on you?

A: The impact of not doing anything if I can’t do it right the first time. And by that I mean there is no sense in doing something, if I don’t do it the right way. Whether it be cleaning the floor’s of my house in Broadbay Heights or it be making a conversation at a party with a complete stranger, I must always do and be at my very best.

Q: No matter what decade, Joan always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Joan period. 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s or 70′s?

A: 40’s absolutely. The beginning of the 40’s for Miss Crawford was certainly her most challenging time at MGM, during the 40’s she made a break from the shop girl, cookie cutter love triangle, and society girl roles like she had done in the 30’s. In the 40’s Miss Crawford done more diverse work with more challenging risk taking roles. Especially 1941’s  “A Woman’s Face”, where her role was of a badly scarred proprietress.

Q: Every fan has a certain Joan item that they cherish the most. What Joan possession do you most cherish?

A: I don’t own as much as some, sadly. But of what I do own my favorite has to be a poster of her as Eva Phillips from “Queen Bee”.

Q: Many people have had the rare opportunity to meet Joan, or others have written to her and have been fortunate enough to attain her autograph. Have you ever had any dealings with Joan. Have you ever sent her a fan letter & she replied, or have you been lucky enough to meet her?

A: No, I have only dreamt of these things.

Q: If you had to introduce Joan to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: I would recommend them watching volumes 1 and 2 of the Joan Crawford Collection from Warner Video.

Q: Joan was a versatile actress. She has portrayed many different characters, and always delivered a fine performance. Some of the roles Joan has played have been heavy, solid roles that really shown her acting ability, roles that not all actresses could play to the same effect as Joan. In which movie do you feel Joan delivers her best performance?

A: I would say “Mildred Pierce” which is a lot like her own story of coming from rags to riches and really making a name for herself. I believe that is why I believe that she delivered her best performance, because she had already performed it once, in a sense, she already knew it and how to perform it.

Q: Joan has only won one Oscar, but has been nominated twice, but never won. Which movies do you strongly feel that Joan deserved to win an Oscar for?

A: I strongly feel in my heart Joan should have won an Oscar for “Queen Bee”, “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane”, “Rain”, “A Woman’s Face” and “Autumn Leaves”. It’s a long list I know, but that is what came to mind as being worthy of an Oscar because of such diverse roles and by far the most challenging.

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Joan Crawford?

A: Joan Crawford, the loyal to her fan’s Queen of Hollywood devoted to her work and family. A leader, certainly not a follower to actress’s from past to present. A beloved Mother to each of her four children and a polite friend to everyone she met.

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Thank you Christopher. It was a pleasure being able to conduct an interview with you.

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By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

 

 

 

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Interview With Joan Crawford Fan, Charles Truenski.

Hello readers.

While conducting interviews with Joan Crawford fans, yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Charles Truenski, a long time Joan fan, that resides in Bay Ridge, New York. Charles is a well noted blogger, and is the host of the blog “DJ Buddy Beaver Hausen”, a blog that mainly focuses on an array of different genres of music, but also covers articles on Joan Crawford. In this interview Charles explains that he was introduced to Joan through his grandmother, who was also an ardent follower of Joan. Watching Joan Crawford movies with his grandmother made a lasting impact on Charles, and he decided to go on his own Joan voyage himself. Today Charles remains a devoted Joan supporter, and was more than happy to be interviewed for this blog.

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Q: You have been a Joan fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Joan and what made you become passionate about her?

A: I’ve been a Joan fan since I was a kid. My grandmother was a young mom during the Depression and she loved going to the old movie palaces in those days, so I’ve been told, especially to see strong women stars like Crawford, Davis, Stanwyck, Myrna Loy, Claudette Colbert. But she especially loved Joan because Joan offered her hope for a better tomorrow and because Grandma had also been a flapper in her younger, wilder single days. I think she related to Joan’s tenacity and ability to overcome obstacles on screen. As a kid, she always sat me down beside her on the couch to watch these women’s movies on TV. It was an education I didn’t get in school.  especially liked Joan too. She was so beautiful — yet tough — like my grandmother herself.

Q: Joan is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Joan?

A: Absolutely her grace under pressure while staying strong.

Q: Joan is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Joan and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Joan?

A: Joan is timeless. Joan had beauty, poise and talent. You always know a Joan Crawford movie will be a stylish star vehicle but one filled with drama and a very singular type of star power that no one can touch. It could never be imitated nor can it today. It was a representational type of powerhouse acting that ended with Method acting, though even now it influences some of our better actresses from time to time.

Q: Joan has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Joan has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Joan movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Joan movie?

A: That’s a tough one. Probably “Mildred Pierce,” and I suspect many people would choose that as her best as well.

Q: Joan has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Joan moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Joan moment?

A: Another tough one! I think I might have to say the scene in “Sudden Fear” and the scene in which Joan’s listening to the recording accidentally left by Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame, who are plotting her demise. Joan learned well from Lon Chaney Jr when she learned to act in silents and it pays off in this silent sequence. What she can express with just her eyes and lips is amazing in a sequence without dialogue.

Q: Joan passed away in May 1977. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: Well, I was very upset, of course, but I think I knew she had been ill. There were, at least, rumors at the time. I always hoped she’d bounce back and do one last great part — even a cameo — in a major after she trifled in Trog. Fantasy: During the ’80s, I thought if she were alive, she’d be hot on “Dynasty” — as Alexis’ mother.

Q: Joan has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Joan have on you?

A: Well, I have to say, when I find myself in times of trouble, I ask “What would JC do?” And I do mean Joan! I’ve yet to slap anyone, however. [laughs]

Q: No matter what decade, Joan always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Joan period. 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s or 70′s?

A: Definitely her arch ’50s period though she really ruled the roost for a very long time and I admire all the different eras of her career.

Q: Every fan has a certain Joan item that they cherish the most. What Joan possession do you most cherish?

A: I think the Conversation with Joan Crawford book by Roy Newquist. My dear, late Mother found a copy for me in a Florida discount book bin. It’s a treasure.

Q: Many people have had the rare opportunity to meet Joan, or others have written to her and have been fortunate enough to attain her autograph. Have you ever had any dealings with Joan. Have you ever sent her a fan letter & she replied, or have you been lucky enough to meet her?

A: I haven’t. But I have an acquaintance, Bill Schoell, who co-wrote the book, Joan Crawford The Essential Biography. He gave me an autographed copy. He and his other half sat with Joan in NYC once for an interview I believe is incorporated in this book. Bill said she was just as gracious and sweet as you might imagine. And flirtatious with her two gay fans and interviewers at her penthouse. She even squeezed Bill’s leg.

Q: If you had to introduce Joan to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: I do all the time. Both movies titled Possessed, Mildred Pierce, Baby Jane, Rain, The Women, Humoresque, Sudden Fear, Johnny Guitar, Female on the Beach…. I could go on and on.

Q: Joan was a versatile actress. She has portrayed many different characters, and always delivered a fine performance. Some of the roles Joan has played have been heavy, solid roles that really shown her acting ability, roles that not all actresses could play to the same effect as Joan. In which movie do you feel Joan delivers her best performance?

A: Humoresque.

Q: Joan has only won one Oscar, but has been nominated twice, but never won. Which movies do you strongly feel that Joan deserved to win an Oscar for?

A: Humoresque, Sudden Fear and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Joan Crawford?

A: One of a kind. She was a beauty, a talent and a force to be reckoned with and appreciated for an eternity on-screen.

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Thank you Charles. It was a pleasure being able to grant this interview with you.

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By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

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Interview With Joan Crawford Fan, Victor Monterroso.

Hello readers.

I had the pleasure of conducting an interview on Joan Crawford with Victor Monterroso, who currently resides in California. Victor has been an ardent supporter of Joan for years. He explains in this interview that he discovered Joan by reading a book on Joan’s filmography, that his friend gave him permission to borrow. While Victor’s friend was a firm believer that Joan was a child abuser, Victor decided to look through the lens of “Mommie Dearest” and explore the woman that was known as Joan Crawford. Shortly after Victor began to realize the real truth, and to this day he remains an avid follower of Joan.

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Q: You have been a Joan fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Joan and what made you become passionate about her?

A: I first discovered Joan Crawford at my mother’s friend’s house back in 1995, he had a filmography book of all of Joan Crawford’s films. I asked if I could borrowed the book, he said that it was okay, and told me and my mother that she was an abusive mother, with the wire hangers. I was really not interested in that part, so I paid no attention. I was just amazed at such a beautiful woman, and how her image changed. Not decade by decade, but year by year. I never gave the book back since he died of AIDs in 1997, and I still have the book.

Q: Joan is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Joan?

A: Joan was a fighter, regardless of what she did or did not do, she was a fighter. She did it all on her own. Mommy and Daddy did not help her, she was self-sufficient, and reliable. She strive for perfection and perfected herself until her death. She was always open to learn and she did learn all in such a way, that it amazes me, since she had no formal education, so that was a big deal (at least to me).

Q: Joan is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Joan and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Joan?

A: She was a feminist way before that word was in vogue. She was talented, and her sincerity spilled over from the screen. A woman of strong convictions. In this day and age of many troubles, she speaks to the young that although many may say NO, there is always a YES!

Q: Joan has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Joan has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Joan movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Joan movie?

A: “The Damned Don’t Cry” The rawness of that film, the cry of a woman in pain, who no one heard…a woman who left it all behind to become someone of her own right.

Q: Joan has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Joan moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Joan moment?

A: “The Damned Don’t Cry” (1950)

Marty – You want me to be like them…A criminal?

Joan Crawford – You bet I want you to be like them…Smart.

Marty – But there’s such a thing as self-respect?

Joan Crawford – Don’t talked to me about self-respect.  That’s something you tell yourself you’ve got when you got nothing else. What kind of self-respect is there in living on Aspirin tablets, and chicken salad sandwiches? Look Marty the only thing that counts is that stuff you take to the Bank…that filthy buck that everyone sneers at but slugs to get. Oh I know how you feel, you’re a nice guy, but the world isn’t for nice guys. “You got to kick and punch, and belt your way up…because no one is gonna give you a lift…you got to do it yourself.  ‘Cause nobody cares about us, except ourselves.

Q: Joan passed away in May 1977. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: I was born in 1982, 5 years after her death. I regret never having met or glance at least for a second, a woman of such talent and strong character.

Q: Joan has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Joan have on you?

A: To be my own person. Even if life did not dealt me the right cards. I can work with the cards life gave to me. That the only person that can stand in my way is myself.

Q: No matter what decade, Joan always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Joan period. 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or 70’s?

A: The 1960s a very mature woman, who had the sophistication and demeanor of a real lady and actress. The films she made in the 60’s made one believe that she was that character, that there was no Joan but only that character she was playing.

Q: Every fan has a certain Joan item that they cherish the most. What Joan possession do you most cherish?

A: My favorite Joan Crawford possession is my huge film poster of the movie “Rain.”

Q: Many people have had the rare opportunity to meet Joan, or others have written to her and have been fortunate enough to attain her autograph. Have you ever had any dealings with Joan. Have you ever sent her a fan letter & she replied, or have you been lucky enough to meet her?

A: No only individuals on FB. But I think that is best, since they will not dilute my illusion of Joan Crawford.

Q: If you had to introduce Joan to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: “Possessed” , “The Damned Don’t Cry”, & “The Unknown (1927).”

Q: Joan was a versatile actress. She has portrayed many different characters, and always delivered a fine performance. Some of the roles Joan has played have been heavy, solid roles that really shown her acting ability, roles that not all actresses could play to the same effect as Joan. In which movie do you feel Joan delivers her best performance?

A: Possessed

Q: Joan has only won one Oscar, but has been nominated twice, but never won. Which movies do you strongly feel that Joan deserved to win an Oscar for?

A: “The Damned Don’t Cry”, and “The Unknown.” and of course “POSSESSED”

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Joan Crawford?

A: A true dame of character and untarnished charm. A woman who tried to give the best to her children (two of them turned out to be complete brats).
A woman who never got old, but aged like wine. A sincere and complete woman…

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Thank you Victor. It was a real pleasure being able to grant this interview with you.

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By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

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