I worked on the 2001 TCM documentary, “Joan Crawford, The Ultimate Movie Star”. All in all, I’m terribly proud to have been involved with it, and I think the director did a great job. We were, apparently, the first project that Christina ever cooperated with. We shot about 4 1/2 hours of interview tape with her one day and, let me say, you couldn’t beg or buy her to say one nice thing about her mother. The director asked many questions, some were phrased in such a way as to lead to a complimentary answer and, nothing doing!There is one clip (which got used) where she’s telling the wire hangers story and refers to ‘mother’. I assure you, this was an inadvertant slip of the tongue on her part, because everywhere else in the interviewing she always calls her either, “my adoptive mother” or “Crawford”.There was one kinda funny and very revealing thing that happened. We were shooting on a soundstage at the Raliegh Studios. We had interviewed someone else in the morning. No problem. But once we started with Christina random sounds started occurring in the building. A squeak in the wall, a rattle in the overhead catwalk, a bump in a dark corner. The director made the joke that ‘it’s called a soundstage because it’s where all the sounds come to live’. A couple of times they were so bad that we’d have to cut and ask her to repeat an answer. Finally, it got practically constant and loud. One of the crew said something about a ghost and the director laughed and said, “It’s Joan!” With that remark, Christina’s face drained of color, her fingers gripped the arms of the chair she was sitting in and she yelled, “NO!” My immediate thought was, ‘oh this has happened to you before’. Whatever their story was (and I’m in the I-don’t-believe-Christina camp) one thing is for certain: they were two very strong willed people locked in a battle royale that may, in fact, be still going on!