Joan Crawford fondly recalls affair with her stepfather

  • Joan Crawford reportedly lost her virginity at the age of 11 to her stepfather Henry Cassin, who was 38 at the time
  • Cassin married Crawford's mother Anna Bell Johnson when she was still a baby, and the actress and her older brother Hal called him 'Daddy' 
  • In the latest episode of Feud, Crawford reminisces about her relationship with the 'kind' and 'gentle' man, and makes a point of stating it was not incest
  • 'In the desert that was my childhood I was grateful for any sort of genuine affection to feel cherished,' Crawford tells 'Baby Jane' co-star Bette Davis
  • Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in 1905, with her father Thomas reportedly never marrying Anna and leaving before her birth
  • The actress was sent off to a covent after her mother learned of the affair between her daughter and husband

There have long been rumors of a sexual relationship between actress Joan Crawford and one of her mother's husbands, and that alleged affair took center stage on Sunday night's episode of 'Feud.'

After another day on the set of 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane' Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) get together for a few after-work drinks, which quickly turns into a devastating trip down memory lane.

It is while talking about her mother's decision to kick her out of the house and send her to a convent when she was 12 that Crawford reveals she lost her virginity at the age of 11, a statement that delights a smiling Davis.

'Who was the lucky cub scout,' asks a gleeful Davis.

 Susan Sarandon as Bette DavisJessica Lange as Joan Crawford
There have been rumors of a sexual relationship between actress Joan Crawford and one of her mother's husbands, and that alleged affair took center stage on Sunday night's episode of 'Feud,' which stars Susan Sarandon (left) as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange (right) as Crawford

'My mother's second husband Henry Cassin,' Crawford coolly replies, while taking a drag on her cigarette.

'He was a lovely man. Meant the world to me. We called him "Daddy Chasen, but he really wasn't my daddy,' Crawford goes on to say of Cassin, who was 38 at the time of the alleged affair.

'And we weren't blood relatives, so it wasn't incest, but he was kind and gentle and he loved me.'

Crawford then looks directly at Davis and tells her: 'I led him into it.'

Prior to revealing that the man who took her virginity was her stepfather, Crawford explains to Davis why she was so sexually active at such a young age.

'In the desert that was my childhood I was grateful for any sort of genuine affection to feel cherished,' says Crawford.

And after Crawford has finished sharing her story, an emotional Davis looks at her frequent foe and tells her while fighting back tears: 'You were just a child. Your father should have kicked him out.'

 Joan Crawford (seen in the above photo from circa 1944) reportedly lost her virginity at the age of 11 to her stepfather Henry Cassin, who was 38 at the time

Joan Crawford (seen in the above photo from circa 1944) reportedly lost her virginity at the age of 11 to her stepfather Henry Cassin, who was 38 at the time

Crawford's father had already left her mother months before she was born Lucille Fay LeSueur, and she was still a baby when her mother married Cassin and moved the actress and her brother to Lawton, Oklahoma.

Cassin ran an opera house in the area, and Crawford's birth name was eventually changed to Billie Cassin.

The Cassin family packed up and left Lawton in 1916 however after Cassin was accused of embezzlement.

He as acquitted of all charges in the case but blacklisted by members of the community it was claimed over the years, and that is still believed to be the reason behind the move by almost all of Crawford's biographers and those who have written about Hollywood's Glen Age.

There are a few however who believe the inappropriate relationship between Cassin and his stepdaughter also played a part in the relocation to Kansas City, Missouri, where Crawford was enrolled at St. Agnes Academy.

Soon after, her mother and Cassin split and Crawford enrolled as a work student, picking up jobs at the school to pay for her own education.

 Cassin married Crawford's mother Anna Bell Johnson when she was still a baby, and the actress and her older brother Hal called him 'Daddy'

Cassin married Crawford's mother Anna Bell Johnson when she was still a baby, and the actress and her older brother Hal called him 'Daddy'

Crawford would never return home again for any extended period of time, and at 19 made her stage debut in the chorus line of the musical revue 'Innocent Eyes' in Detroit.

There have also long been rumors of Crawford staring in a few soft-core pornographic films while still in Detroit.

That very same year she was offered a contract with MGM for $75-a-week after arranging a screen test, getting the news while at her mother's home on Christmas Eve.

She accepted and after borrowing $400 from her mother for travel set out for Hollywood, and never looked back.  

 

 

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