Crawford about 1927. She learned the ropes and had an indefinable something on screen that gave her star quality. She credited this to paying attention, being dedicated and grasping each and every opportunity that presented itself. Early on she determined to become a good actress and credited doing so not only to actors and directors but to lighting technicians and grips.
As MGM screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas recalled, "No one decided to make Joan Crawford a star. Joan Crawford became a star because Joan Crawford decided to become a star." She began attending dances in the afternoons & evenings at hotels around Hollywood, where she often won dance competitions with her performances of the Charleston and the Black Bottom.
Joan Crawford in a late 1920s photo by the legendary Hollywood photographer Hurrell. He was the first portrait photographer to erase freckles etc. Joan Crawford had a lot of freckles. He made everyone flawless. I love her makeup. You could do the same makeup now. Biddy Craft