Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Crawford, Joan

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Head and shoulders portrait of Joan Crawford. She inscribes on the photo, "To Frank Britt, Best Wishes from Joan Crawford."

Dory DeAngelo

Joan Crawford, often called Hollywood’s most durable star, was born Lucille LaSueur to divorced parents in 1908 in San Antonio, Texas. When her mother married Henry Cassin, she was renamed Billie Cassin. Around 1917 her family moved to Kansas City, where Billie attended Scarritt Elementary School before she enrolled in St. Agnes Academy as a work student.