Christina Crawford


American author and child abuse campaigner

Crawford is the adopted daughter of the American movie star Joan Crawford. According to her biography of her mother, made into a movie in 1981, her childhood was bizarre, abusive and unhappy, and ended with her and her adoptive brother being cut out of their mother's will.

As an adult she has become an advocate for women's and children's rights, helping to make child abuse an issue of national concern. She was Commissioner for Children's Services of Los Angeles county, and has a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California.


Crawford, Christina. Mommie Dearest. (New York: W. Morrow, 1978) Crawford, Christina. Survivor. (New York: Donald I. Fine, 1988) Watson, Mike. "Mommie Dearest" [film review]. Available at: [1] "Station Hill Authors: Christina Crawford." [Includes portrait]. Available at: [2]