There is a darker side to the tale that prequels all of that. Through news sources and gossip columns, media reports of the way Joan Crawford obtained her children were once public knowledge.
The Chicago Tribune May 24, 1940 announces:
June 3 1941 Marcus Gary Kullberg born. Joan adopts him 10 days later, renaming him "Christopher Crawford."
Rebecca Kullberg was the birthmother of baby Marcus. Judging from here behavior, she never got over giving him away. The following was a newspaper clipping that appeared after her arrest in 1941.
The second Christopher
Phillip Terry Jr. was born on October 15, 1943 and was adopted by both Joan Crawford and her then husband Phillip Terry in 1943. After Joan divorced Terry in 1946, Crawford changed her sons name to Christopher Crawford. Christopher Crawford was a quiet child, but became defiant at home when he found out he was adopted. Christopher became difficult and defiant at home, he was labeled as a "problem child" by many schools that he was kicked out of. Christopher ran away from home on many occasions, searching for his "real" mother and father. Christopher admitted later in life he was a "brat" as a child and "difficult." At the young age of 16 he stole a car, Crawford could not control his wild behavior and Christopher left home before he was 18 years old. Christopher married a waitress and had his first child with her by the time he was 19 years old. In 1962, Christopher was living in Miami and working as a lifeguard. In 1962, Christopher visited his mother with his wife and baby. Crawford said, "It doesn't look like you. It's probably a bastard." That was the last time Christopher ever saw his mother, Joan Crawford.