The Best of Everything

Letters Main


Celebrity Letters to Joan Crawford

Click on an alphabetically listed name immediately below to go directly to the letter(s) from that celeb.

Below the alpha list, letters are arranged chronologically, earliest to latest. (Letters from unknown years are at the very end.)


Robert Aldrich

Anne Bancroft

Anne Baxter

Cecil Beaton

Busby Berkeley

Shirley Booth

James M. Cain

Milton Caniff

Maurice Chevalier (2)

George Cukor



1976 (2)

Loletta Hebert Edwards (journalist)

Doug Fairbanks, Jr.

Lynn Fontanne



Paul Gallico






Helen Hayes




Katharine Hepburn


1979 to Joan's daughter

Cathy LaLonde

1995 to friend re MD

J. Edgar Hoover

George Hurrell

Glenda Jackson


unknown year

Leo Jaffe

Larry King

Anita Loos

1970 (2)


unknown year

Alfred Lunt

Kay Mulvey

George Murphy

David Niven

Jack Oakie

Carroll O'Connor

Laurence Olivier

Phil Regan

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller

Cesar Romero


1976 and unknown card

Barbara Stanwyck



1979 to Joan's daughter

Cathy LaLonde

Franchot Tone

Jerry Wald

Jack Warner

Lawrence Weingarten

White House (LBJ invitation)

Mrs. Earl Wilson

Mary Wilson (British Prime
Minister's Harold Wilson's wife

Tracey Wynn (Keenan
Wynn's son)

Loretta Young





Chronological List



From Rosemary Wilson (columnist Earl Wilson's wife), 2/1/46



From James M. Cain, 3/7/46




From Barbara Stanwyck, 3/8/46

March 8, 1946. Oscar congrats from Barbara Stanwyck.

...with an accompanying letter from Stanwyck's 13-year-old adopted son Tony.



From Jack Warner, 3/8/46

3/8/46. Oscar congrats from Jack Warner.



From producer Lawrence Weingarten, 3/11/46



From columnist Kay Mulvey, 3/13/46



From actor Phil Regan, 3/46



From Shirley Booth, 4/21/59

[From the Private Collection of Danny Rentz. May not be reproduced elsewhere without his permission.]



From journalist Loletta Hebert Edwards, 6/26/59



From producer Jerry Wald, 10/5/59



From director Robert Aldrich and his production company, 9/7/62





From Prime Minister Harold Wilson's wife Mary, 4/19/66



From New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, 8/30/66


From the White House, 1/17/67


From ex-husband Franchot Tone, 8/10/67



From writer Paul Gallico, 12/12/67


From Cecil Beaton, 5/3/69



From writer Paul Gallico, 9/13/69


From Anita Loos, 4/24/70


From Anita Loos, 5/8/70



From Anne Bancroft, 6/24/70


From Maurice Chevalier, 10/10/70

(See also Joan's response to this letter.)


From Maurice Chevalier, 10/27/70





From J. Edgar Hoover, 12/30/70





From writer Paul Gallico, 1/30/71


From Busby Berkeley, 1971, in response to Joan's telegram after the opening of "No, No, Nanette"


From David Niven, 3/8/72


From writer Paul Gallico, 3/22/72


From Lynn Fontanne, 7/11/72



From Helen Hayes, 10/20/72





From director George Cukor, 1/31/73





From cartoonist Milton Caniff, 3/21/73

(Caniff created the "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip, and his "Dragon Lady" character was based on Joan's 1930s look.

This letter is in reference to the recent retirement of George Wunder, who had taken over the "Pirates" strip in 1946.)


From Anita Loos, 4/27/73



From Cesar Romero, 11/12/73


From Laurence Olivier, 12/18/73


From Carroll O'Connor, 12/25/73


From George Cukor, 1/3/74


From Anne Baxter, 1/12/74


From Glenda Jackson, 2/18/74


From Glenda Jackson, unknown year


From Leo Jaffe, 4/25/74


From Tracey Wynn (writer/director and son of Keenan Wynn), 6/18/74


From Helen Hayes, 10/26/74


From Barbara Stanwyck, Christmas 1974


From Loretta Young ("Gretch"): April 25, 1975



From Katharine Hepburn, 6/25/75

...and below is a draft of a letter from Joan to Kate. Not clear if this letter was sent to Hepburn before or after the above.


From George Murphy, 7/9/75


From Jack Oakie, 11/10/75


From Lynn Fontanne, 12/30/75


From George Hurrell, 4/16/76

   1930 photo accompanying Hurrell's letter to left.


From George Cukor, 1/21/76 and 7/9/76



From Cesar Romero: 7/18/76, 12/18/76, and unknown




From Alfred Lunt, 8/27/76


From writer Paul Gallico's widow, 1976


From ex-husband Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1/26/77


From Barbara Stanwyck to Joan's daughter Cathy LaLonde, 7/25/79


From Katharine Hepburn to Joan's daughter Cathy LaLonde, 9/12/79


From Katharine Hepburn to friend re Mommie Dearest, 2/1/95


Unknown Year

From Larry King, 3/8 (year unknown)


Christmas card from Helen Hayes (year unknown)

Christmas card from Helen Hayes.  Cover of Christmas card.


From Anita Loos (year unknown)


The Best of Everything