My Shocking Experience With Christina Dearest

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In 1998, Christina Crawford, renowned author of the legendary revenge memoir Mommie Dearest, came to Town Hall to sell copies of the new edition of her book after being interviewed onstage by critic Rex Reed.

In that Q&A, she graciously reiterated all the awful things Mommie did to her as we wept in sympathy one more time.

But the real shock came when Christina let slip something I'd never heard her say before:

"By the way, my mother was responsible for the death of Alfred Steele."

She was referring to Joan's last husband, the Pepsi guy.

A startled hush fell over the room.

Did she really just say that?

Could it really be true?

If so, this was surely even more horrible than the wire-hangers incident!

How could this horrifying piece of news have been kept quiet all these years?

And how did Joan do it -- by boring him to death with viewings of Daisy Kenyon?

We waited with bated breath for some elaboration, but strangely enough, Rex didn't pursue it at all!

He abruptly switched topics, either not having digested what Christina had said or not wanting to dignify it.

But I couldn't let it (and Joan) rest.

After the Q&A, I pantingly approached Christina as she was signing books and said, "Um, what exactly did you mean about Joan killing Alfred Steele? Can you elaborate, please?"

She fixed me with a glassy glaze.

"I'm doing this now," Tina chillingly said -- meaning selling books -- thereby brushing me, and the whole bombshell, away as I wished there was a nearby bed I could strap myself to.

"So you just want to accuse your mother of murder and not have to take two seconds to explain?" I screeched -- or I would have if I'd thought I was still talking to Christina at this point.

I was convinced I was actually talking to Joan, who had clearly risen back up to possess her daughter so she wouldn't spill any more half-baked beans.

I ran, not wanting to be killed.


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Joan Historian
Joan Historian

She made the same accusation on Larry King Live when she was promoting the 20th Anniversary edition of her tome. She blamed it on the highly polished floors and everyone having to take their shoes off when they entered the apartment. Xtina claims Joanie shoved him down the stairs and let him linger till he died a la Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes. Of course she wasn't there to see it, it is a "hunch".

Jonster
Jonster

I don't belive that for a minute.  I always wondered if Diana Scarwid worked with Christina to get her "right" in Mommie Dearest.  There were moments where Scarwid burned with a devil's glare at her mother, like Linda Blair before the exorcist walked in, and it was probably something the actress picked up that Christina didn't realize she was putting out there. 

Adam
Adam

So what if she killed him! I never knew him! Movie stars can do whatever they want! Who was he? some big nobody. she was a star!!! i would kill to be killed by joan crawford! he should bow down from heaven and thank her personally for caring enough to kill!

Michael Khalsa
Michael Khalsa

What a liar. JC said he was the love of her life. She was very lonely after he died.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Myrna Loy, after acting with Christina in a Chicago production of "Barefoot in the Park," said, "I felt like hitting her myself!"

Robert
Robert

Who cares anymore?

Iggy
Iggy

Obviously all the people who have commented here and on Facebook.

Keating3232
Keating3232

At least she didn't become a born-again preacher like Bette Davis's demon spawn. 

Jessie
Jessie

I've worked with Christina Crawsford and let me tell you, unequivocally and unimpeachably : She is an absolute pathological liar, she's desperate for attention of any kind and,I swear to you, a totally conniving bitch.

michelle
michelle

 I agree with you on Christina being a lying conniving BITCH !!! 

Jonster
Jonster

I've heard the same thing from several people who have come in contact with her.  She's the type who will nick you to death with car demands, flight demands, in other words, unwarranted "star" demands for personal appearances.  Now I'm starting to feel a little bit sorry for Joan.  Picture Christina as Baby Jane taking care of her mother in a wheelchair. 

Bombs
Bombs

Even if she just meant "mama ran him ragged to the point of a heart attack," she should have clarified that. Blaming someone for someone else's death is a pretty heavy bombshell to drop without any backup.

Matthew Rettenmund
Matthew Rettenmund

Interesting! I would have interpreted her remark not to mean murder so much as stressing him out so much he died. Didn't she spend him into oblivion?

Then again, people say Bette Davis was an actual murderer of one of her hubbies, too!

Rabbit
Rabbit

I don't doubt that Christina and her brother were abused (the twinsalways maintained that they themselves weren't) - but I always rememberthat Joan had lifelong gay friends, and in her book, one of Christina's"criticisms" of her mother was that she spent time in the company of"gay people." Too bad she didn't at least pick up one good characteristic from her mother.

Jonster
Jonster

It sounds like Tina could give her mama a run for the money when it comes to snippy retorts.  She probably just meant that Alfred Steele drove himself ragged, borrowing money from Pepsi, etc. to give Joan the movie star life in NYC she felt she deserved, until his heart gave out in the  process.  He was always kind to Tina, gave her the T-Bird and all that.  She portrayed him as a compassionate man whom she felt sorry for.

Guest
Guest

yeah but a statement like that could mean she put rat poison in his bran muffins too, and you know when a guy like that digs his own grave because he's supporting a Joan Crawford lifestyle, he's an adult, very shrewd businessman, and you can't blame her for being the more dominant personality.

Your explanation makes sense, though.

Midge
Midge

I guess Tina ran out of revelations to sell books with, so she had to come up with another one. I don't fault her, seeing as she's deeply damaged because of Joan's lack of mothering skills. It's all Joan's fault when you get down to it. Tina is very much her creation.

pennylaine775james
pennylaine775james

@MidgehOW DO YOU KNOW SHE WAS DAMAGED BECAUSE OF JOAN`S PARENTING SKILLS? DID YOU KNOW HER? JUST LIKE THEY SAID MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A CHILD MOLESTER! DO YOU KNOW THAT TOO?

Inkwell
Inkwell

She has racoon eyes. Never trust anyone with racoon eyes.

BamaGuy1024
BamaGuy1024

Incredible!  Very possible that she is delusional, just further demonizing her dead mother. Christina has made a career of it, so what would you expect? 

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