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Joan Crawford dancing Joan Crawford dances surprisingly well in the movie, Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). A young Clark Gable is briefly shown in this clip too!
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Added: 2nd October 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-10-02 
Ahh, one of my favorite drama queens. As a matter of fact Lava, her ambition was to be a dancer. She started her career as a dancer in a chorus line under the name Lucille LeSueur, eventually making her way to New York. In 1924, she signed a contract with MGM, and arrived in Culver City, California, in January of 1925.

She started out working in silent films. As Lucille LeSueur, her first film was Pretty Ladies in 1925, which starred ZaSu Pitts. Pretty Ladies was the first and only time Crawford used her birth name professionally. According to the book Stardust and Shadows: Canadians in Early Hollywood, features a quote from Crawford herself, claiming that it was Sam De Grasse who said that her name LeSueur sounded too much like 'sewer'. A contest in the fan magazine Movie Weekly became the source of her well-known stage name. The female contestant who entered the name Joan Crawford was awarded $500. Though Crawford reportedly detested the name at first, saying it sounded like crawfish, and called herself JoAnne for some time, she eventually became used to it. Her friend, actor William Haines, told her she was lucky, they could have called her cranberry and served her up with a turkey!
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