Shooting to stardom as a flapper in the 1920s, Joan Crawford went on to star in a series of 'rags-to-riches' films. In real life, she was often cast as the underdog too, fighting to 'make good' in a man's world. It's an idea that appealed to many women of the Depression. Not only was she beautiful, but she was tough! This was a woman with real charisma, who carried herself with panache. It's really no wonder she became a Hollywood icon. I mean, just look at those 'knock-em'-dead' eyes!