Joan Crawford liked cars.  And she liked publicity.

Above is Joan in the late 1920s with one of her favorite autos, her 1929 Ford Town Car. Of course she sat in the back while her chauffeur drove.  The sign of a true star.

Your classic movie guys, Joe Morella and Frank Segers, back with more photos and info on Stars and Their Cars.

By 1932, when Joan was TRULY a big star, and when the depression was on, so it wasn’t fashionable to be seen having a chauffeur, Joan drove herself in her new Cadillac Fleetwood.

What beauties! (And we’re not necessarily referring to Joan.)

It’s interesting to note that opulence of the autos reflected the changes in the career of the actress who was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas.  (You forget sometimes that the always stylish Crawford was a down home Texas girl.)

Anyway, Crawford was 24 when she was getting around in that Ford Town Car.  She had broken through as an actress, and was then getting costarring parts opposite William Haines (The Duke Steps Out), Robert Montgomery (Untamed) and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Our Modern Maidens).

By 1932, she had graduated to big starring roles in such familiar titles as MGM’s Grand Hotel with Greta Garbo and John Barrymore; and playing Sadie Thompson in director Lewis Milestone’s Rain, based on the W. Somerset Maugham story of a prostitute in the South pacific.

Bigger roles demanded a bigger car.  Thus that impressive Cadillac Fleetwood.

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