Sunday, February 15, 2009

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane's Hair?

Hello there, Miss Joan Crawford! You are my retro celebrity of the week. I may not have one every week, but here you are.

And don't you look charming with that lovely "camera-ready" hair. Are you sure you didn't dunk your head in a vat of India ink? Oh...yes ma'am, I understand. Please don't get angry. It's Clairol all right. And you are divine! And, of course, camera-ready.

She may have used a little Clairol on those eyebrows, too, now that I think of it. But I am afraid to ask.

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Joan Crawford (1905-77), born Lucille LeSueur, started acting in the 1920s in silents and won an Oscar for her performance in Mildred Pierce (1945). One of her more notorious later films is the 1962 thriller Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? in which she co-stars with Bette Davis.

For more info on Joan Crawford, I recommend: Joan Crawford: The Best of Everything - a fabulous virtual encyclopedia; and also the ubiquitous Wikipedia bio.

Clairol ad from 1952 thanks to Duke University's Ad Access.

17 comments:

sassafrasjunction said...

No Wire Hangers were harmed in the filming of this ad.

Sharkbytes said...

DH and I have a personal favorite- "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte."

Dorothy said...

She had an unusual beauty about her..it was fun to rethink about her time.

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Tori Lennox said...

Yeah, I'd be kind of scared to ask about the eyebrows, too. She's liable to lock you in a closet after beating you with a wire hanger....

Lidian said...

sassafras - I read somewhere that the wire hanger story is somewhat in dispute, might be apocryphal. Don't really know, though!

Sharkbytes - Yes, that's a good one. She was in a lot of great movies.

Dorothy - Thank you for visiting!

Tori - Hangers or no, I would just be scared of her anyway. Although i do like diet Pepsi, and might mention this in order to assuage her.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh "Mommy Dearest" why do you sneer at me with those piercing eyes and painted brows?

Please pass the Joan Crawford Dip...

Shinade said...

She was an odd bird I think. At times and in some movies I really like her and think she was very lovely.

Then in other movies she simply drives me nuts and I wonder how in the world she ever became so famous?

I think her life was probably a sad one though. always seeking love and money and never ever being able to have either together and completely!!

Jude said...

Actually Davis was Baby Jane not Joan Crawford, but I'm sure you knew that.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Yes, we've come a long way in eyebrow styles. Thank God.

My mom was a big fan of Bette and Joan. I've seen all those movies--years ago.

Sometimes I feel sad my kids won't know these stars.

Bill said...

I got a kick out of Joan in The Women; and later, of course, she got a kick out of Bette in Baby Jane. Several, actually.

Apparently, Joan was also to appear in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte but dropped out and was replaced by Mary Astor. I liked that movie, too. They made some good over-the-top thrillers during that era.

Bill said...

I had to pop back in. I just remembered one of my favorite Paul Lynde quips from Hollywood Squares:

Question - You’re equipped with a pick, a sieve, and a shallow pan. What are you about to do?

Lynde: Joan Crawford's eyebrows.

Lidian said...

Louise - Joan Crawford Dip? Hmmm...I need to catch up with your blogs! Because I want to know what this dip is all about...

Shinade - She did have a sad life, I remember reading a bio of her many years ago (read Mommie Dearest too, but did not want to get into all of that).

Jude - I did at some point in the past, but had forgot - so I thank you! :)

Prefers Her Fantasy Life - The old moveis are my favorites. And I remember in the late 60s a lot of women had those eyebrows!

Bill - I like Mary Astor. And I think I have a celeb ad she was in, so I will put her on the list.

And that is a great joke! Was that from Hollywood Squares? Loved that show, and Paul Lynde was one of my faves. So funny.

Amy said...

She was an extraordinary actress that's for sure. Maybe this picture was taken after one of her coat hanger hitting incidents...

Lidian said...

Amy - Yeah, she does look a tad cranky!

Shay said...

Last month? Maybe December? TCM had a Joan Crawford retrospective. Oh, the clothes. She had a superb figure and the costumes for her pre 1940 movies (before she became "poison" at the box office) were to die for.

Lidian said...

Shay - Oh, I would have loved to have seen that! I don't believe we get TCM...I would love to see Joan C in some silents too, I might have a look on YouTube.

Robby Cress said...

One thing is for sure, no major star actresses have eyebrows quite like that anymore!