AMERICAN MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, April 23, 1955. On her address-imprinted stationary, to Sally and Bob Roberts in Forest Hills, New York. With the original envelope.
“Thank you so much for your lovely birthday card. I am so deeply grateful to each of you for remembering.
“I did enjoy your last letter and hope you’ll forgive the tardy delay in my answering. I am mailing, under separate cover, an autograph picture. I hope it’s one you’ll like.
“I have been working like mad. ‘Female on the Beach’ overlapped ‘Queen Bee’, so production schedules were a bit hectic. I love working so hard and making three pictures in a row is wonderful.
“I’m rushing to rehearsal, so know you’ll forgive the brevity of my note. God bless each of us for your sweet thoughtfulness.”
Both Queen Bee and Female on the Beach were both released in 1955. In 1954, Joan Crawford was dating Milton Rackmil, president of Universal Studios. He offered her the lead in Female on the Beach (based on the play The Besieged Heart by Robert Hill), as well as the co-star she requested (Jeff Chandler). In this film (released August 20), Joan Crawford played Lynn Markham, a widow who moves into her husband’s beach house only to find that her new neighbors are of the scheming kind.
In Queen Bee, Crawford played Eva Phillips, a Southern socialite who manipulation and ruthlessness ruins the lives of everyone around her. The film, based on the novel by Edna Lee, was released on November 23, 1955.
Joan Crawford celebrated her 47th birthday exactly one month before this letter was written.