Кристина (The Christina Piercing)

Joan Crawford’s Daughter Exposed Her Sadistic Behavior — But How Truthful Were Those Claims?

Christina Crawford claimed that her mother was a sadistic parent. But those closest to Joan Crawford disagreed.

Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Actress Joan Crawford fixing her adopted daughter Christina Crawford’s hair.

Joan Crawford was one of the biggest American movie stars of all time, but her daughter Christina Crawford claimed that the glamorous facade hid a cruel and sadistic personality. Where does the truth lay?

Joan Crawford In Hollywood

Wikimedia Commons Joan Crawford was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the movie industry’s Golden Age.

Joan Crawford’s New York Times obituary stated that, “Miss Crawford was a quintessential superstar—an epitome of timeless glamour who personified for decades the dreams and disappointments of American women.”

Indeed, during her nearly five-decade career, Joan Crawford starred in some of the most widely-praised films of her time. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1946 for her portrayal as a hardworking mother trying to provide for an ungrateful daughter in Mildred Pierce.

30 years later, Christina Crawford revealed how Joan’s life had imitated art in ways her legions of fans could never have envisioned.

Christina Crawford And Her Childhood

Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images Christina, Christopher, and identical twins, Cindy and Cathy, circa 1949.

Christina Crawford was the eldest of Joan’s adopted children. Unable to have any children of her own, the actress adopted Christina in 1939, followed by Christopher in 1943, and two twin daughters, Catherine and Cynthia, in 1947. Joan had attempted to adopt a child prior to Christina, but he was reclaimed by his birth mother.

Although five children saved from abandonment and brought in by one of the world’s biggest actresses may have seemed like a real-life fairytale, Christina Crawford claimed it was nothing less than a nightmare.

Gene Lester/Getty Images Christina Crawford and her adopted mother in matching outfits, June 1944.

In Christina Crawford’s 1978 autobiography Mommie Dearest (which would later be turned into a film starring Faye Dunaway), Christina revealed that far from being a generous and caring maternal figure, Joan was an alcoholic who physically and emotionally abused her adopted children.

Christina described how she and Christopher bore the brunt of the abuse, with Christopher being strapped down into his bed with a harness each night so that he couldn’t get up to go to the bathroom.

In one chapter of the book (which would become the most famous scene in the movie), Christina recalled how Joan went into a blind rage after discovering a forbidden wire hanger in her daughter’s closet one night. The Oscar-winning actress “ripped the clothes off their hangers” and flung them all onto the floor before seizing Christina by the hair.

Christina Crawford recalled how “with one hand she pulled me by the hair and with the other she cuffed my ears until they rang” all the while screaming “no wire hangers!” before proceeding to destroy Christina’s part of the room and then ordering her to “clean up your mess.”

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The autobiography became an immediate best-seller and “no more wire hangers” has since been a pop culture staple. For many people, Joan Crawford will forever be associated as a deranged mother instead of a sophisticated star.

The book and film became so popular that the stories of Joan Crawford’s cruelty were in some ways accepted as fact. But many of the people closest to her were quick to jump to her defense and upend the stories of Christina Crawford.

Getty Joan and Christina Crawford at the About Mrs. Leslie premier.

The Aftermath Of Mommie Dearest

One of Joan Crawford’s staunchest defenders against the claims of Christian Crawford was actually her biggest rival: Bette Davis.

The famous rivalry was often capitalized on for classic movie roles, like What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, which featured Crawford and Davis as bickering sisters. But even Davis, who “was not Miss Crawford’s biggest fan,” dismissed Christina Crawford’s expose.

She said that the book as “trash” and declared it was a “terrible, terrible thing” for Christina to have done to “someone who saved you from the orphanage, foster homes.”

Douglas Fairbank’s junior, Joan’s former husband and movie star in his own right, also wholeheartedly dismissed Christina’s accusations by stating that Joan beating her children “would not only have been out of character, but she only used covered padded hangers.”

Keystone/Getty Images Christina Crawford in 1978.

It wasn’t only other Hollywood stars who came to Joan’s defense, but also her other children.

Catherine and Cynthia, Joan’s adopted twin daughters, were heartbroken about their adopted sister’s portrayal of their mother. Catherine stated that Christina “lived in her own reality” and that “Our Mommie was the best mother anyone ever had.”

Catherine remembers Joan as an affectionate and caring mother, who once rushed off a set in the middle of filming upon getting a call from Catherine’s school that she had broken her wrist on the playground. Joan drove her daughter to the doctor herself, still in her full movie makeup, a far cry from Dunaway’s portrayal of a violent and vain star.

Joan herself never read the biography of Christina Crawford as it was published after she died, although she knew Christina had been writing it. A year before her death in 1976, she rewrote her will to exclude both Christina and Christopher, “for reasons which are well known to them.”

Next up in the secret lives of Hollywood stars, read about five of the earliest Hollywood scandals. Then, check out these pictures of vintage Hollywood.

Christina

The Marked

Christina Lyrics

You’re always walking around
With your head in the clouds
My little jealous game
Sent you clutching again
We were wrapped up inside
Inside of you every day
But i’ll never get out

Because of cristina
Because of cristina
Because of cristina
Because of cristina

You say i’m different now
’cause you know i’m the same
Like a dirty swimming pool
Where the water is drained
We were wrapped up inside
Inside of you every day
Now i’m shaking all over
On the floor in the rain

Because of cristina
Because of cristina
Because of cristina
Because of cristina

I’ve seen your eyes
And i know that you’re lying
Walking the streets
And it’s you i’m denying

Because of cristina
Because of cristina
Because of cristina
Because of cristina

Availability
The Marked Demo Recordings Mar 85 — Jan 87
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Перевод песни Christina the Astonishing (Nick Cave)

Christina the Astonishing

Кристина Поразительная

Christina the Astonishing
Lived a long time ago
She was stricken with a seizure
At the age of twenty-two

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They took her body in a coffin
To a tiny church in Liege
Where she sprang up from the coffin
Just after the Agnus Dei

She soared up to the rafters
Perched on a beam up there
Cried «The stink of human sin
Is more that I can bear»

Christina the Astonishing
Was the most astonishing of all
She prayed balanced on a hurdle
Or curled up into a ball

She fled to remote places
Climbed towers and trees and walls
To escape the stench of human corruption
Into an oven she did crawl

O Christina the Astonishing
Behaved in a terrifying way
She would run wildly through the streets
Jump in the Meusse and swim away

O Christina the Astonishing
Behaved in terrifying manner
Died at the age of seventy-four
In the convent of St Anna

Кристина Поразительная
Жила много лет назад
У нее случился припадок
В возрасте двадцати двух.

Они положили ее тело в гроб
В крошечной церкви в Льеже,
Где она восстала из гроба
После мессы в честь Агнца Божьего.

Она воспарила над стропилами
Возвышалась над той перекладиной
Кричала: «Зловоние человеческого греха
Нестерпимо для меня!»

Кристина Поразительная
Была самой поразительной
Она молилась, сохраняя равновесие на изгороди
Или сворачивалась клубком.

Она летала в далекие места
Взбиралась на башни, деревья и стены,
Чтобы избежать зловоние человеческого разложения
В печь она заползла.

О Кристина Поразительная!
Вела себя ужасно
Она могла бежать безумно по улицам,
Прыгнуть в Маас и уплыть.

О Кристина Поразительная!
Вела себя ужасно
Умерла в возрасте семидесяти четырех
В женском монастыре Святой Анны.

Перевод песни Nick Cave — Christina the Astonishing

Данный перевод песни на русском языке является художественным, т.е. перевод недословный. Чтобы узнать дословный перевод песни, можете наводить мышкой на английские слова.

Christina the Astonishing

Christina the Astonishing
Lived a long time ago
She was stricken with a seizure
At the age of twenty-two

They took her body in a coffin
To a tiny church in Liege
Where she sprang up from the coffin
Just after the Agnus Dei

She soared up to the rafters
Perched on a beam up there
Cried «The stink of human sin
Is more that I can bear»

Christina the Astonishing
Was the most astonishing of all
She prayed balanced on a hurdle
Or curled up into a ball

She fled to remote places
Climbed towers and trees and walls
To escape the stench of human corruption
Into an oven she did crawl

O Christina the Astonishing
Behaved in a terrifying way
She would run wildly through the streets
Jump in the Meusse and swim away

O Christina the Astonishing
Behaved in terrifying manner
Died at the age of seventy-four
In the convent of St Anna

Кристина Поразительная

Кристина Поразительная
Жила много лет назад
У нее случился припадок
В возрасте двадцати двух.

Они положили ее тело в гроб
В крошечной церкви в Льеже,
Где она восстала из гроба
После мессы в честь Агнца Божьего.

Она воспарила над стропилами
Возвышалась над той перекладиной
Кричала: «Зловоние человеческого греха
Нестерпимо для меня!»

Кристина Поразительная
Была самой поразительной
Она молилась, сохраняя равновесие на изгороди
Или сворачивалась клубком.

Она летала в далекие места
Взбиралась на башни, деревья и стены,
Чтобы избежать зловоние человеческого разложения
В печь она заползла.

О Кристина Поразительная!
Вела себя ужасно
Она могла бежать безумно по улицам,
Прыгнуть в Маас и уплыть.

Contestant Biography

Age: 24

Occupation: Dental Hygienist

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Height: 5’2″

Tattoos? No.

Who do you admire most in the world and why? My parents. It takes courage to open your heart and home to four orphans and give them a life otherwise unobtainable.

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If you could be someone else for just one day, who would it be and why? My biological mother. I’d like to know what she was going through when I was young and if choosing alcohol over kids was worth it.

Who is your favorite actor and why? Meryl Streep. She can adapt to any character assigned and do a wonderful job fulfilling that role.

What is your favorite television show and why? Ninja Warrior. I am amazed by what a human body is capable of and it motivates me to work out.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be and why? Fiona from Shrek. She’s got some serious karate moves and she’s feisty and darling.

Do you have a fear of aging and are you going anything to prevent it? No I don’t fear aging. I think it’s a beautiful thing. Aging represents life’s milestones and memories

Who is your favorite clothes designer? Myself. Sometimes if I can’t find an outfit for an event, I would end up making my own.

Genital Piercing 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Christina

NOTE: The following page contains content and materials of a sexual nature which may be inappropriate for children and may be offensive to some adults. Please use this page responsibly.

The Christina is not a very popular piercing, due to its lengthy healing time and high rejection rate. The Christina is a vertical piercing through the V-shaped junction at the top of the outer labia which comes out slightly above in the pubic area.

The Christina also requires specific anatomic criteria in order to be suitable for the wearer. The thickness of the skin the piercing goes through is responsible for requiring a longer healing time than most other piercings. Natural body movements can also cause the jewelry to twist and bind, which can make it very uncomfortable and just not practical.

Recommended jewelry for the Christina is a 12 to 10 gauge curved barbell. Captive bead rings are not recommended, especially for the initial piercing, although it can be used once the piercing is healed.

Estimated healing time: 12-16 weeks (or longer)

Christina Anstead Biography

Christina Anstead is an American real estate investor and TV personality who is best known for appearing on the HGTV series ‘Flip or Flop’. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Also Known As: Christina Meursinge Haac

Born in: Anaheim, California, United States

Famous as: Real Estate Investor

children: Brayden El Moussa, Taylor El Moussa

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Christina Anstead is an American real estate investor and TV personality who is best known for appearing on the HGTV series ‘Flip or Flop’ alongside her ex-husband Tarek El Moussa. She has appeared in over a hundred episodes of the show which is running its eighth season currently. She also stars in her own spinoff series titled ‘Christina on the Coast’ which showcases her house flipping skills. She holds training sessions with Tarek through their real estate investment program, Real Estate Elevated, and has co-wrote with him the companion ebooks ’24 Ways to Profit on Real Estate in 2020′ and ’50 Ways to Find Your Next Flip’. While working together with Tarek, she primarily handles the design aspect of the job and is responsible for keeping everything on schedule.

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