Many people today dismiss Joan Crawford as simply a star of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. And although she was nominated for Oscars three times, and won once, few considered her as good an actress as her contemporaries, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Olivia deHavilland.

But let’s take a brief look at Crawford’s career and ask you, our readers, to comment. Certainly, though she stopped performing at 66, she had a long and varied run.

What are your thoughts on this chameleon, who was able to transform herself from flapper, to glamourous femme fatale, to middle aged siren to horror queen?

Each time it seemed her career was over she reinvented herself. She married four times. Our pal, Donald Gordon, posed with Joan and her third husband actor Philip Terry, in 1944.

Then there were the Pepsi Cola years with her last husband, Alfred Steele.

Let’s hear it for Joan Crawford — the artiste.

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