People: Nov. 1, 1968

CBS was worried. Christina Crawford, one of the stars of the soap opera The Secret Storm, had been rushed off to the hospital for emergency surgery. Who would fill in for her? Mother, of course, for Mother is Dowager Screen Queen Joan Crawford. Price was no problem; Joan was happy with union minimum. But how could a 60-year-old woman pass for the 27-year-old she was to play? No problem either. A session with the makeup man and a youthful hairdo, plus her own well-preserved looks, turned the trick for the four segments Joan will...

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