Joan Crawford (1904 – 1977).
Publicity photo, 1940s. Via: www.listal.com
Joan Crawford is Crystal Allen and perfume is her deadliest weapon.
In The Women by George Cukor, Joan Crawford plays one of her rare comic roles: the predatory perfume counter girl Crystal Allen who is in search for a rich husband. Her working place in a fancy department store in Manhattan seems to be the perfect hunting ground for this and soon she has her eyes set on Stephen Haines, the respectable husband of Norma Shearer who plays the cheerful, contented wife and mother of Little Mary.
The entire cast of this 1939 screwball comedy with its 130 speaking roles was female. Even several animals which appeared as pets were also female. Set in the glamorous Manhattan apartments of high society, the movie is full of cracking one liners and has been listed at the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.
Joan Crawford’s favorite perfume during the 1930s was Jungle Gardenia by Tuvaché. Later she said in an interview the three scents she “would never want to live without” were: Youth Dew by Estée Lauder; Royall Lyme, a man’s cologne by Royall Fragrances; and Spanish Geranium by Lanvin.
George Cukor’s The Women: The Confrontation
This perfume story was brought to you in collaboration with Elements Showcase New York, 2014.