Adopted son Christopher died in 2006, and adopted daughter Cynthia died in 2007.
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 11, 04:34:45pm
In reply to:
She wrote book, "Mommie Dearest".
's message, "This leaves Christina Crawford, 80, as Joan's sole surviving adoptive child." on Saturday, January 11, 04:22:30pm
Joan Crawford adopted twin daughters, Cindy and Cathy. Their birthmother of Cindy and her twin Cathy died of kidney failure, just days following their birth. Crawford acquired them from the Tennessee Children's Home Society shortly thereafter. (The organization was later closed under suspicion of being a "baby market".) She described her early childhood as a happy one. She attended boarding school from age 8 and received her superior education at Dubuque University, Iowa. There she met and married her only husband, ultimately divorcing in 1976 after 9 years. They had 2 children. In the years following Crawford's death, she worked and lived on her inheritance. In 1984, she moved to Mississippi. After discovering the whereabouts of her biological father, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee. (He died in 1993.) Her remaining years were spent working for her biological mother's family business. She consistently denied that Crawford was abusive in any way and disputed the account of her adoptive sister Christina, published as Mommie Dearest. After suffering from hepatitis, she passed away at Baylor Family Medical Center, while awaiting a liver transplant.
On May 6, 1977, Crawford gave away her Shih Tzu, Princess Lotus Blossom, because she was too weak to continue to care for her. Crawford died on May 10, 1977 at her New York apartment of a myocardial infarction. A funeral was held at Campbell Funeral Home, New York, on May 13, 1977. In her will, which was signed on October 28, 1976, Crawford bequeathed to her two youngest children, Cindy and Cathy, $77,500 each from her $2 million estate.
She explicitly disinherited the two eldest, Christina and Christopher: "It is my intention to make no provision herein for my son, Christopher, or my daughter, Christina, for reasons which are well known to them." Both of them challenged the will and received a $55,000 settlement. She also bequeathed nothing to her niece, Joan Lowe (1933–1999; born Joan Crawford LeSueur, the only child of her estranged brother, Hal). Crawford left money to her favorite charities: the USO of New York, the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Heart Association, and the Wiltwyck School for Boys. During World War II, she was a member of American Women's Voluntary Services.
A memorial service was held for Crawford at All Souls' Unitarian Church on Lexington Avenue in New York on May 16, 1977, and was attended by, among others, her long-time Hollywood friend Myrna Loy. Also attending were Crawford's co-stars Geraldine Brooks and Cliff Robertson, who gave eulogies, and Pearl Bailey sang "He'll Understand". Another memorial service, organized by George Cukor, was held on June 24 in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. Crawford was cremated, and her ashes were placed in a crypt with her fourth and final husband, Alfred Steele, in Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York.
Joan Crawford, seen here with her daughters (L-R) Cindy, mother Joan, & Cathy Crawford on the Queen Mary for her last voyage in 1966. ...