From poverty to abuse
From humiliation to rejection
A strong will to succeed was born
A girl from Kansas City in the 20's
Dreamed of being a dancer

Her fate was not sealed as a dancer
But as a motion picture actress
It was on the silver screen
That another part of her was born
The movie star
A very unique one!

No obstacle would undermine her determination
And there were plenty of them along her career
Especially the ones from her childhood
That kept haunted her all her life
Fears she turned into strength
She challenged her ghosts
She was a self-made winner
By building her own ideal image
Her own ideal self
She became her own dream come true
It took a lot of discipline and professionalism

She was adored and admired by lots and lots of people
Even the ones who did not like her
Could not stop acknowledging her
Her charisma was undeniable
Her personality was bigger than life
A person of extremes and eccentricities
Strong opinions
An innate fighter

She had a very intriguing beauty
Inquisitive eyes
Mesmerizing expression
Fragility and tenacity blended
The camera got bewitched by her face
She had such a formidable force within her core

On the silver screen
She paraded her versatility as an artist
First as a dancer
Then as a comedian
But it was in her dramatic roles
That she proved her case as a truly skilled professional
She portrayed many times women much close to who she was
Hard working ones with unshakable determination
Women hurt by life vicissitudes
Which never gave up a better life
Always pushed by their strong ambitious

In other roles she make people fearful of her
As domineering and controlling characters
To the level of insanity
She was always suspicious of men
Sharp and self-sufficient
Sometimes manipulative and blindly obsessive
Even characters which seemed cold and selfish
Got the sympathy of the audience
As they were always victimized by a hard past
That could justify their harsh attitudes latter in life

For 50 years
Joan Crawford
Never lost her fighting spirit
When she became a middle aged woman
And critics thought it was the end of her career
Against all odds
She got her Oscar in a leading role for "Mildred Pierce"
In 1945

At the end of her life
Her roles started hurting her image
As they became very derogatory, even bizarre
But she never lost her dignity as an actress
No matter role, she gave the best of herself
She always did the extra mile

She excelled in everything she did
In spite of her insecurities and feelings of inadequacy
She worked extremely hard to reach her goals in life
Above all, she did everything she could
To be loved, admired, wanted, accepted
And remain a star for eternity

I think she got her wish!


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