All That Glitters is Not Gold is a series of brass multiples created to go with Casting Couch. In Casting Couch, fourteen Old Hollywood actresses are cited. In their heyday, their own thoughts and opinions were often silenced. These multiples were created to represent their voice and to encourage conversation.
The multiples are small works of art that can be displayed, but can also be worn as jewelry. Because of the two magnets, the sky is the limit.
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in 190?* in San Antonio, Texas. When Joan was still a baby, her father left the family. Joan’s stepfather ran the Ramsey Opera House, introducing her to diverse and noted performers. When her mother and stepfather separated, her mother couldn’t support the family financially, so Joan had to work her way through school — doing more work than actually going to school.
After a poverty-stricken childhood, Crawford started her career as a Charleston dancer. In 1925, she made her first film and got a contract with MGM, where she quickly gained star status. In 1938, her popularity suddenly declined and she was names box office poison. She left MGM and in 1943 signed a contract with Warner Bros.
At Warner’s she made Mildred Pierce in 1945, for which she earned her first and only Oscar. She received two more Oscar nominations for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952), after which Crawford’s career slowed.
Throughout the 1940s, Joan adopted five children, mostly as a single mother. However, her first child had to be given back to its biological mother. The biological mother had discovered that Joan had adopted her son, and wouldn’t stop harassing Joan. She developed problematic relationships with her second and third child. The daughter even wrote a tell-all book, accusing her adoptive mother of abuse. However, in 1947 she adopted twins, with whom she always continued to have a good relationship.
In 1955, she married the president of Pepsi Cola, where Crawford held a seat on the board of directors until 1973. From 1974, Crawford went into seclusion until her death in 1977.