Portrait of Joan Crawford

Portrait of Joan Crawford
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17514
Building: 
Current Location: 
Vault Level
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
The image seen here is a sepia toned reproduction photographic print of Joan Crawford.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inches
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Joan Crawford's journey to screen stardom began with a poor childhood moving from Texas to Oklahoma and finally Kansas City where she worked to help support her family while attending school. She won a Charleston contest at a local café in her early teens. Later, Crawford moved to Detroit where she danced under the stage name Billie Cassin. Coincidently, Billie Casssin is the name she was using at the time this photo was taken. It is in Detroit, that she caught the eye of a Hollywood talent scout. Crawford had an extraordinary career that included more than 80 films and a best-actress Oscar for 1945's "Mildred Pierce." In this image, Crawford looks directly at the camera from behind her shoulder, simultaneously withholding and revealing a nude upper body. The blurred focus and illumination of her figure emphasize her gaze and captivates the viewer.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes