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Christina Crawford


In her famous memoir Mommie Dearest, she details her alleged abuse as a result of her adoptive mother, display screen actress Joan Crawford. Mommie Dearest, released in 1978, motivated the favorite 1981 film from the same name. After schooling at both New York’s Community Playhouse and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Play, she gained a bachelor’s level from the School of California, LA, and continued to do something in Off-Broadway and local theatre productions of In Color on Sundays and Dark from the Moon. She made an appearance in several movies and television group of the 1960s and ’70s, including Drive of Impulse (1961) and Marcus Welby, M.D. (1971). The natural little girl of unwed teenage parents, she was one of the children followed by Joan Crawford, and she was raised with youthful siblings called Christopher, Cynthia, and Cathy. Pursuing brief relationships to Harvey Medlinsky and David Koontz, Christina Crawford wedded her third hubby, Michael Brazzel. In the film edition of Mommie Dearest, celebrity Diana Scarwid has Christina Crawford and Faye Dunaway superstars as Joan Crawford.

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Full Name Christina Crawford
Date Of Birth June 11, 1939
Place Of Birth California
Profession Memoirist
Education University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Nationality American
Spouse Michael Brazzel, David Koontz, Harvey Medlinsky
Parents Joan Crawford, Phillip Terry
Siblings Christopher Crawford, Cathy Crawford, Cynthia Crawford
Awards Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Documentary
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies Boys Life 3, Mommie Dearest, Faces, Wild in the Country, Force of Impulse, Surviving Mommie Dearest
Star Sign Gemini

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1Preparing to publish her 5th book, "Daughters of the Inquisition: Medieval Madness-Origin & Aftermath". [March 2003]
2Currently owns and operates a bed & breakfast in Idaho. She sometimes rents it out to film production crews for motion pictures.
3Employed as a food manager for an Indian casino near Worley, Idaho. [January 2005]
4Her adopted brother, Christopher Crawford (October 15, 1943 - September 22, 2006) died of cancer. Chris did not take part in the publicity of the "Mommy Dearest" book but largely supported his sister's account of their controversial childhood.
5Is portrayed by Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid in Mommie Dearest (1981)
6She is referenced in the song "Joan Crawford" by Blue Öyster Cult.
7When Christina began her acting career, her mother asked her to change her last name so it wouldn't look like she was using the name to her advantage. Christina refused.
8Ex-stepdaughter of Phillip Terry.
9Stepdaughter of the late Pepsi-Cola Company President & CEO Alfred Steele.
10Neice of actor Hal Le Sueur
11Owns a 150-acre farm in Northern Idaho
12Received her BA degree from UCLA and her Masters Degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, after which she worked in the corporate communications department at the headquarters of Getty Oil Company where she produced company films and videos, including one on founder, J. Paul Getty.
13Suffered from an ovarian cyst in 1968 while appearing on The Secret Storm (1954). While she was recovering from surgery, her mother, Joan Crawford, 63 years old at the time, temporarily took over Christina's role as a 28-year-old on the show. Christina wrote in her book "Mommie Dearest" that when she watched her mother's scenes on the telecast, it was obvious to her that Joan Crawford had been drinking before the taping.
14Has written five books: A fictional novel called 'Black Widow', and four non-fiction books, 'Mommie Dearest', 'Survivor' (the sequel to Mommie Dearest), 'No Safe Place: the Legacy of Family Violence' and the upcoming 'Daughters of the Inquisition'.
15Formed her own publishing company in 1998, Seven Springs Press, to publish the 20th Anniversary Edition of 'Mommie Dearest' from the original manuscript.
16Was born to teenage parents; her father was in the Navy at the time. It was later revealed that Christina was adopted by Joan Crawford through a black market baby ring.
17The movie, Mommie Dearest (1981) is based on her best-selling book about her allegedly abused childhood with adoptive mother, Joan Crawford. Faye Dunaway portrayed Joan Crawford. Mara Hobel portrayed Christina as a child, and Diana Scarwid played her as a teenager and young adult.
18Adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. Adopted sister of Christopher Crawford, Cynthia Crawford and Cathy Crawford. Niece of actor Hal Le Sueur. Ex-stepdaughter of Phillip Terry. Stepdaughter of the late President & CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Company, Alfred Steele.
19Suffered a major stroke in 1981, from which she has fully recovered.



The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesBetty Blake
Ironside1971TV SeriesEdie
Marcus Welby, M.D.1971TV SeriesSister Mary Eileen Kirkpatrick
Medical Center1970TV SeriesDr. Myle
Matt Lincoln1970TV Series
The Cliff1970TV Movie
Faces1968/IWoman Scattering Coins on Bar
Force of Impulse1961Ann
Wild in the Country1961Monica George
The Secret Storm1954TV SeriesJoan Borman Kane (1968-1969)



Mommie Dearest1981book



Crawford at Warners2008Video documentary shortHerself
Gable and Crawford2008Video documentary shortHerself
Tough Baby: Torch Song2008Video documentary shortHerself
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star2002TV Movie documentaryHerself - Daughter / Author, 'Mommie Dearest'
Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines2001DocumentaryHerself
Boys Life 32000Herself (segment "Inside Out")
Inside Out1997ShortHerself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself

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1[Interview after the release of Mommie Dearest (1981), 1981] Faye Dunaway's portrayal was absolutely ludicrous. I've read she's saying that she has been haunted by the ghost of Joan Crawford and after watching her performance, I can see why.

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