Like the ambitious, upwardly mobile working women she became famous for portraying, Joan Crawford forged one of the longest-lasting and brightest-burning careers of Hollywood’s golden age through her fierce determination, dedication to her craft, and remarkable ability to continually reinvent herself. A commanding screen presence whose steely veneer and concentrated intensity could give way to tender vulnerability, Crawford endures as one of the most complex and endlessly fascinating icons of the studio era—a star in every sense of the word whose larger-than-life legend has only grown with time.
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See Crawford lead an all-female ensemble cast at the height of her first wave of fame in George Cukor’s The Women. Then watch her resuscitate her career in the noir-melodrama classic Mildred Pierce—and do it again opposite Bette Davis in the camp milestone What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?