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June 14, 2022

35 Stunning Portraits of Joan Crawford Taken by George Hurrell in the 1930s

American actress Joan Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, her fame rivaled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. She became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled “box office poison”.

After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Crawford staged a comeback by starring in Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s, when her performances became fewer; after the release of the horror film Trog in 1970, Crawford retired from the screen. She became more and more reclusive until her death in 1977.

These stunning photos are part of George Hurrell’s work that he took portraits of Joan Crawford in the 1930s.


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