Nominated three times for the best actress Academy Award, winning the award outright in 1946, Joan Crawford was one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. In life she defined what American culture considered ultimate glamour. In death, with the posthumous publication of her daughter’s tell-all biography Mommie Dearest (1978), Joan Crawford transcended traditional Hollywood stardom. While Crawford is rarely associated with Westerns, her 1954 Johnny Guitar, regarded as a mediocre film when produced, today is considered one of her finest films and, by many critics who usually scorn Westerns, one of the 1950s finest artistic Westerns.
   This early feminist Western pits a strong, independent businesswoman, Vienna (Crawford), against her rampaging community. She already owns most of the town and is poised to make a fortune when the railroad comes through, but her ambitions reach far beyond the town. She gets framed for a stage holdup, however, and the sister (Mercedes McCambridge) of a murder victim becomes a powerful enemy leading the town against Vienna. Both women dominate the town and the men in it. Thus, Joan Crawford’s Western reverses gender roles. “She’s more of a man than a woman,” one of the saloon gamesmen observes of her. Evidently Crawford’s jealous rivalry with McCambridge carried over beyond the script and, according to Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest, Crawford treated McCambridge cruelly throughout the filming.

Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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  • Crawford, Joan — • КРО УФОРД (Crawford) Джоан (наст. имя и фам. Люсиль Ле Сюэр, Le Sueur) (23.3.1908, по др. данным, 1904 10.5.1977)    амер. актриса. С 17 лет выступала как танцовщица. С 1925 в Голливуде. Начиная с ф. Оплачено (1930), передавала устремлённость… …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Crawford, Joan — orig. Lucille Fay LeSueur born March 23, 1908, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. died May 10, 1977, New York, N.Y. U.S. film actress. She was a dancer in a Broadway chorus line when she won her first Hollywood contract in the mid 1920s. After portraying… …   Universalium

  • Crawford, Joan — orig. Lucille Fay LeSueur (23 mar. 1908, San Antonio, Texas, EE.UU.–10 may. 1977, Nueva York, N.Y.). Actriz de cine estadounidense. A mediados de la década de 1920 era corista en Broadway, a la vez que obtuvo su primer contrato en Hollywood.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Crawford,Joan — Craw·ford (krôʹfərd), Joan. Originally Lucille Le Sueur. 1908 1977. American actress noted for her portrayals of tough minded, ambitious women in films such as The Women (1939) and Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she won an Academy Award. * * * …   Universalium

  • Crawford, Joan — pseud. di Le Sueur, Lucille Fay …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Joan Crawford — Joan Crawford, 1948, Foto von Yousuf Karsh Joan Crawford [ˌdʒɔʊn ˈkɹɔːfəd] (* 23. März 1905 in San Antonio, Texas, als Lucille Fay LeSueur; † 10. Mai 1977 in New York City) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Joan Crawford — en una imagen de estudio Nombre real Lucille Fay Le Sueur Nacimiento 23 de marzo de 1905 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Joan Crawford — For other people named Joan Crawford, see Joan Crawford (disambiguation). Joan Crawford Crawford photographed in 1948 Born Lucille Fay LeSueur March 23, 1905( …   Wikipedia

  • Joan Crawford — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Crawford. Joan Crawford …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Joan Crawford — noun United States film actress (1908 1977) • Syn: ↑Crawford • Instance Hypernyms: ↑actress * * * Joan Crawford [Joan Crawford] …   Useful english dictionary

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