Christina Crawford

Christina Crawford

Gender: Female
Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1939-06-11 (82 years old)

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Christina Crawford is an American author and actress, best known for her 1978 memoir and exposé, Mommie Dearest, which described her turbulent relationship with her adoptive mother, film star Joan Crawford.

Personal Life

Crawford met Harvey Medlinsky, a director and Broadway stage manager, while she was appearing in the Chicago national company of Barefoot in the Park. They were married briefly in the late 1960s. She met her second husband, commercial producer David Koontz, while she was working on a car commercial.

Early Life

Christina Crawford was born in Los Angeles, California in 1939, to an unmarried teen. According to her personal interview with Larry King, her father was married to another woman and supposedly in the Navy; her mother was unmarried. Crawford was adopted from a baby broker in Nevada because Joan was formally denied an adoption by social services for being an unfit candidate in California in 1940 (due at least in part to her status as a two-time divorcee).Christina was one of five children adopted by Joan. Her siblings were Christopher (1942–2006), adopted in 1943, and twin girls Catherine (Cathy, 1947–2020) and Cynthia (Cindy, 1947–2007) — adopted in 1947. In 1942, another boy, who also had the name Christopher, had been adopted by Joan Crawford, but was reclaimed by his birth mother.Crawford has stated that her childhood was affected by her adoptive mother's alcoholism. At 10, Crawford was sent to Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California, which many other celebrity children attended. However, her mother sent her from Chadwick to graduate from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada (now the city of La Cañada Flintridge), California, and curtailed Crawford's outside contact until her graduation. After graduating from Flintridge, she moved from California to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and then to New York City, where she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan. After seven years, she gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. After 14 years as an actress, Crawford returned to college, graduating magna cum laude from UCLA and receiving her master's degree from the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. Then she worked in corporate communications at the Los Angeles headquarters of Getty Oil Company.



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1939-06-11 (82 years old)

Place of birth
Los Angeles, United States of America

David Koontz

United States of America

Christina Crawford
Christina Crawford

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