I had always been interested in pop culture while growing up; loving television shows like Entertainment Tonight and completing People crossword puzzles in my spare time. Not being much of a bookworm other than for academic purposes, I did not discover the joy of celebrity biographies and autobiographies until I was in my late teens. It was fun learning about these people in more complete detail as well as soaking up the sometimes very salacious bits of gossip that were spilled.
The first classic star who made a profound impact on me was Joan Crawford and I ended up scouring the internet for information about her in addition to buying any books that were available. I was in awe of this beautiful, talented woman who fought hard to remove herself from an upbringing of destitution and neglect in order to fulfill her dream of being an actress. Perhaps not coincidentally, she often played characters whose own lives resembled her own. Though this formula of “girl from the wrong side of the tracks finds a better life” was recycled in various films, it never got old seeing her in these types of roles. Joan is the epitome of a strong woman: driven, focused, professional yet also loving and down-to-earth. She was the hardest working actress of her time.
It is my distinct privilege to co-host the Queen of the Silver Screen Blogathon with my dear friend Gabriela (Pale Writer), another classic film lover who adores “Billie” as much as I do. This year will mark the 42nd anniversary of Joan’s passing on 10 May 1977 and is a moment when we can come together to remember and celebrate her legacy.
- Joan had a very long career and so her filmography is very impressive. Because of this, we will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as we won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
- You can write about anything you like pertaining to Joan’s film career, television appearances she made, books she wrote and her friendships and relationships with her fellow classic film stars etc.
- Gabriela and I will not be allowing any entries about the book, Mommie Dearest, written by her adoptive daughter Christina, nor any posts about the film based on the book starring Faye Dunaway. This blogathon is dedicated to Joan’s life and work and we want to celebrate her, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about her.
- Just to reiterate: the blogathon is being held on the 10th, 11th and 12th of May, 2019. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, please let Gabriela or I know.
- Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. We’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
- And most importantly, please let Gabriela and I know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post or Gabriela’s post announcing the event, or by contacting me or Gabriela on Twitter @ThePoppity or @noir_or_never respectively. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as we don’t really want to act as amateur sleuths and hunt for you! Please tell us your Twitter handle as well so we can promote everything on there. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto one of us and we’ll post it for you.
- Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.
We very much hope that you will join us and that you will enjoy writing all about our wonderful Joan!
The Poppity: Spring Fever; Featurette on MGM costume designer Adrian and his relationship with Joan
Pale Writer: Joan’s Four Essential Later Performances; and The Perfect Double Bill: The Unknown and Berserk!
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Sudden Fear
Musings of A Classic Film Addict: Johnny Guitar
Dubsism: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Overture Books and Film: Goodbye, My Fancy
Caftan Woman: Grand Hotel
Realweegiemidget Reviews: The Karate Killers
The Midnite Drive-In: “Eyes” from The Night Gallery tv series
The Stop Button: Rain
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Joan’s marriages; The Story of Esther Costello
Lifeisabanqvet: Sadie McKee
GwendaY: Joan and Clarence Brown’s collaborations
Silver Screenings: Daisy Kenyon
Margot Shelby: Mildred Pierce
Critica Retro: A Woman’s Face
Marsha Collock: Our Dancing Daughters