In 1978, a year after actress Joan Crawford’s death, Christina Crawford released a memoir titled Mommie Dearest. In the tell-all book, Christina exposed her adoptive mother as an abusive alcoholic, and tarnished the socially-conscious actress reputation that the late actress had built during her lifetime.
In 1981, the book was turned into a movie (starring Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid) that left little to the imagination. Christina took advantage of her fame and went on to publish five subsequent books on the relationship with her mother. The latest one, Survivor, was released as an e-book in 2017.
More recently, Crawford’s life has once again become a topic of conversation after her portrayal in the FX TV series Fued.
Many people who were close to the actress, including her first husband, actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and her two youngest daughters, Cathy and Cindy, denied the allegations brought against Crawford.
Now, another family member has been speaking out about the actress in hopes to set the record straight.
Casey Lalonde, Crawford’s grandson from Cathy, has previously stated that while the TV show doesn’t paint his grandmother in the best light, it is still a much more favorable depiction than Mommie Dearest.
He claims that his grandmother, whom he called “JoJo,” was nothing like the monster that Christina wrote about and he has personal experiences to back it up.