Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tune in to TCM: A Crawford Centennial

Leave it to our patron saint, Joan Crawford, to lie about her age. Her date of birth is tomorrow, March 23, but the actual year varies from 1904 to 1908, depending on which source you rely on.

Joan herself said it was that later date, so that's the one Turner Classic Movies is basing a 100th birthday celebration on, with 24 hours devoted to screenings of a dozen of the film legend's movies, including the TCM premiere of her rare silent comedy Spring Fever. Other favorites scheduled to air include Torch Song, Grand Hotel, The Women, Humoresque and her Oscar winning role as Mildred Pierce.

The whole shebang kicks off at 8:00 PM EST tomorrow night with the TCM original documentary, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star. Narrated by Angelica Huston, the tribute features interviews with Charles Busch, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Margaret O'Brien, Cliff Robertson and even daughter/Mommie Dearest author Christina Crawford.

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