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Updated on December 11, 2016

The Art Of Joan Crawford

Some celebrities have 'one hit wonders,' others are the hardest working people in Hollywood. Joan Crawford was a workaholic, sincerely dedicated to her craft. While Hollywood was in its infancy, Joan Crawford was there just about from the very beginning. From silent to talkies, from black and white to color, from the stage to the big screen to television, for more than fifty years was not afraid of the camera, and appreciated her fans like no other star before or since.

Although dead for almost forty years, the legend of Joan Crawford lives on. There are websites and internet groups that are dedicated to her contributions to the film industry, the art of celebrity, and commercial appeal. There are artists who are inspired by her timeless 'look,' and authors inspired to write chapters about the character and human being known as Joan Crawford, and she lives through the stories still being written for her and about her today.

Personally, I consider the legend as a living work of art. This is one of my little online spots dedicated to the art of Joan Crawford.

I Live My Life

The Working Girl

Throughout her more than fifty year of employment in the film industry, Joan Crawford always took her name seriously, cared enormously for her fans, and understood where she stood in the scheme of life. She worked for everything she got. The movie, "I Live My Life," is one example of the art of Joan Crawford.

Looking back throughout Joan Crawford's public domain information and files, one can see the beauty of her brand as her name transcends from one product to another. In the beginning, it was not unusual for her to be working on three to six movies during the course of one year, plus public appearances, interviews, training, and more. Joan Crawford is one of the first celebrities to knit her way through the movies. There are articles about her sharing favorite recipes, latch hooking rugs, designing her own hats and dresses.

My Way Of Life

My Way of Life
My Way of Life

"My Way Of Life" was written by Joan Crawford, and provides her friends and fans with how she lived.

 

A Tribute To JC - Original Art by Tonie Cook

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My daily coffee is a shared cup that everyone is invited to.  This is "Coffee With Joan Crawford."Having grown up a 'purist' when it comes to black and white photos, digital colorization a challenge.  This one is titled:  "Joan In The Rain."Title:  "How To Reflect Color In A World Of Black & White"A teary eyed Joan Crawford is one of my first attempts at colorizing a black and white still.  Early Joan Untitled.This is something I came up with for a textile design on Spoonflower.My Facebook notes describe how I merged an old black and white photo with one of my oil paintings from 1973 to achieve this painting.A silent film with an incredible story.  This is a multi layered tint technique over black and white.A colorized version of "That Face."Joan Crawford loved her children, husbands, Pepsi, and pickles..Joan Crawford was serious about her figure.  When other stars were eating cake and expanding their waistlines, Joan Crawford ate pickles.Photo edit by Tonie Cook
My daily coffee is a shared cup that everyone is invited to.  This is "Coffee With Joan Crawford."
My daily coffee is a shared cup that everyone is invited to. This is "Coffee With Joan Crawford."
Having grown up a 'purist' when it comes to black and white photos, digital colorization a challenge.  This one is titled:  "Joan In The Rain."
Having grown up a 'purist' when it comes to black and white photos, digital colorization a challenge. This one is titled: "Joan In The Rain." | Source
Title:  "How To Reflect Color In A World Of Black & White"
Title: "How To Reflect Color In A World Of Black & White"
A teary eyed Joan Crawford is one of my first attempts at colorizing a black and white still.  Early Joan Untitled.
A teary eyed Joan Crawford is one of my first attempts at colorizing a black and white still. Early Joan Untitled.
This is something I came up with for a textile design on Spoonflower.
This is something I came up with for a textile design on Spoonflower.
My Facebook notes describe how I merged an old black and white photo with one of my oil paintings from 1973 to achieve this painting.
My Facebook notes describe how I merged an old black and white photo with one of my oil paintings from 1973 to achieve this painting.
A silent film with an incredible story.  This is a multi layered tint technique over black and white.
A silent film with an incredible story. This is a multi layered tint technique over black and white.
A colorized version of "That Face."
A colorized version of "That Face."
Joan Crawford loved her children, husbands, Pepsi, and pickles..
Joan Crawford loved her children, husbands, Pepsi, and pickles..
Joan Crawford was serious about her figure.  When other stars were eating cake and expanding their waistlines, Joan Crawford ate pickles.
Joan Crawford was serious about her figure. When other stars were eating cake and expanding their waistlines, Joan Crawford ate pickles.
Photo edit by Tonie Cook
Photo edit by Tonie Cook

Crawford On The Cover Of A Magazine

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Examples Of Joan Crawford In Advertisements

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Joan Crawford sold "Chesterfield" cigarettes.Joan Crawford sold the illusion of allure.Joan Crawford sold Makeup.She also sold mantle clocks.Joan Crawford had an appreciation for Rhingold Beer.Joan Crawford had a great appreciation for cleanliness.  Hence, she sold Lux Soap.Joan always had a sincere appretiation for Max Factor.Before Pepsi, Joan Crawford sold "Coca Cola."Joan Crawford also sold wavy hair.She had a taste for "Royal Crown" cola, too.
Joan Crawford sold "Chesterfield" cigarettes.
Joan Crawford sold "Chesterfield" cigarettes.
Joan Crawford sold the illusion of allure.
Joan Crawford sold the illusion of allure.
Joan Crawford sold Makeup.
Joan Crawford sold Makeup.
She also sold mantle clocks.
She also sold mantle clocks.
Joan Crawford had an appreciation for Rhingold Beer.
Joan Crawford had an appreciation for Rhingold Beer.
Joan Crawford had a great appreciation for cleanliness.  Hence, she sold Lux Soap.
Joan Crawford had a great appreciation for cleanliness. Hence, she sold Lux Soap.
Joan always had a sincere appretiation for Max Factor.
Joan always had a sincere appretiation for Max Factor.
Before Pepsi, Joan Crawford sold "Coca Cola."
Before Pepsi, Joan Crawford sold "Coca Cola."
Joan Crawford also sold wavy hair.
Joan Crawford also sold wavy hair.
She had a taste for "Royal Crown" cola, too.
She had a taste for "Royal Crown" cola, too.

About Joan Crawford

Turner Classic Movies is a nice place to begin with Joan Crawford's History In Pictures

Box Office Poison

"Box office poison!" This is what was quoted as MGM's Leo G. description of their beloved, Joan Crawford. Months later, Joan Crawford won an Acadamy Award.

RAIN The Original Movie - 1932

Classic Crawford

"Rain" was one of the most compelling tales - and one of the most difficult roles in Joan Crawford's career.

Rain Poster Movie 11x17 Joan Crawford Walter Huston William Gargan Guy Kibbee
Rain Poster Movie 11x17 Joan Crawford Walter Huston William Gargan Guy Kibbee

How about a little "Rain?" This has to be one of my favorite movies.

 

© 2013 Tonie Cook

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      One point that comes through is that she worked very hard. Thank you for publishing this lens. It's an inspiration.