SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST with Christina Crawford Set for St. Luke's Theatre, 11/20-22
CHRISTINA CRAWFORD: SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST, an award-winning documentary starring best-selling author, actress and activist Christina Crawford, who also hosts a live on stage conversation with the audience, will have a limited run of 3 performances: November 20th -22nd at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th St.).
CHRISTINA CRAWFORD: SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST is an empowering and inspirational look at100 years of show-biz history, the turbulent relationship between movie legend Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina and also features rarely seen 1940's home movies of the Crawford's. As the author of the 1978 best-selling autobiographical book "Mommie Dearest," Christina Crawford looks back at her childhood as the adopted daughter of Joan, recounts the abuse she endured and spotlights her subsequent efforts in the world of social justice, championing for victims of abuse for decades.
Crawford was born in Hollywood, California and adopted by film star Joan Crawford. From early childhood Christina was the focus of movie magazine photo shoots, press conference interviews and studio publicity. At ten years old she was sent to Chadwick School in Palos Verdes where she lived until she was fifteen and was transferred to Flintridge Sacred Heart in Pasadena, California from which she graduated at seventeen with honors. First to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh as a Drama major and then to Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, Ms. Crawford pursued her own acting career in theater. After an independent film in Miami, a small part with Elvis Presley in the film "Wild In The Country," summer and winter stock performances, she did a co-starring role in the Chicago company of "Barefoot In The Park" for which she won the Sarah Siddons award for Best Young Actress.
Ms. Crawford starred in the daytime soap opera "Secret Storm" in New York, in many nighttime TV shows in Los Angeles. After fourteen years as an actress, Christina returned to complete college, graduating Magna cum Laude from UCLA, and then a Masters Degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at University of California, after which she worked for the Getty Oil Company at their corporate headquarters.
Her first book "Mommie Dearest" created a worldwide sensation, was published in seven foreign languages and sold millions of copies. Since then, she has written: Black Widow (a novel), Survivor, No Safe Place and Daughters of the Inquisition, in addition to publishing first the 20th Anniversary and then the 30th Anniversary Editions of "Mommie Dearest," with updates and some revisions. The film of the same name was released in 1981 but without Ms. Crawford's participation in production or final approval. Neither has she received any royalty payment in the 30 years since the film was released.
Ms. Crawford was appointed to serve on the first Los Angeles County Children's Services Commission, and was elected Vice-Chair Person, and served for four years.
Since 1993, Christina has lived on over 100 acres in Northern Idaho where she initially owned a successful country inn, worked seven years as entertainment manager for the Coeur D'Alene Casino and produced her own regional weekly TV show, which won three Telly Awards. She also served one term as County Commissioner.
She is co-owner of the production "Surviving Mommie Dearest" with Producer, Jerry Rosenberg, which she wrote, co-directed and in which she is currently starring.
"Surviving Mommie Dearest" has won 4 Film Festivals, and A Telly Award. The New Hope, Pa. Film Festival presented Ms. Crawford with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2013.
Also featured in CHRISTINA CRAWFORD: SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST is actor George Riddle who recently starred in the film Blood Country, which was awarded best film at The Toronto Film Festival.
The runtime is approximately 90 minutes. Act 1 details 100 years of Joan and Christina Crawford's Hollywood glitz and glamour and is then followed by a Q. and A period along with a book signing!
Performances of CHRISTINA CRAWFORD: SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST are on 11/20 at 5PM, 11/21 at 9PM and 11/22 at 5PM.