American motion picture actress.
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, April 30, 1953. On her address-imprinted stationery, to Mr. And Mrs. R. Roberts in Long Island, New York. With the original envelope.
“Another year has passed for me and my life is richer, fuller and happier because of the thoughtfulness of my wonderful friends. Your card was so clever and did bring a broad smile to my face. To say ‘Thank you’ for remembering me is only a small way to tell you how much I deeply appreciated it.
“My plans were changed somewhat and I have been at M.G.M. for the picture WHY SHOULD I CRY. It is not a complete musical, but a dramatic love story with music. I did enjoy rehearsing the dance routines although it meant many a long hour. We are now in production and will be finished in five weeks. I must be back at Paramount by June 1st for LISBON. This does keep me very busy from morning until night.
“My own TV show has been delayed due to my crowded picture schedule. Also we are still in the negotiating stages.
“Do have a wonderful summer. May each day hold only happiness for each of you.”
Joan Crawford was one of Hollywood’s most durable stars. While few of her films were momentous, she was always “box office,” especially with women fans, who liked to watch her suffering in mink.
Why Should I Cry was renamed Torch Song and was released by MGM in 1953. The film Lisbon, to which Joan Crawford refers in this letter, was never produced. Crawford was displeased with the preliminary script (supposedly because she was to lose the leading man to a bikini-clad younger girl), and Director Irving Rapper refused to alter the script. Because Paramount bought the picture specifically for Joan, it was postponed indefinitely.
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