Show Business: Hollywood's Once and Only Star

The customs of stardom clung to her even after death. In the obituaries of Joan Crawford, who died of a heart attack last week, some newspapers felt compelled to note a certain confusion about her age. Officially it was listed as 69, but she may have been several years older. It was characteristic of her that at a time of life when two or three years no longer make any difference to most people, Joan Crawford insisted on the smallest believable number.

Small, image-enhancing fibs like that are a habit of the profession...

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