'Mommie Dearest' author to appear on local radio show

Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of famed actress Joan Crawford, will appear on a local radio station on Sunday evening.

Crawford is well known for her book “Mommie Dearest,” which depicts her turbulent life and relationship with her movie legend mother. The book was turned into a feature film.

She will be interviewed on the radio show “Backstage Buzz “ by co-hosts Dolly Curtis and Leo Meyer on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. on WPKN, 89.5 FM.

Leo Meyer and Christina Crawford once worked together on a film and have remained friends ever since.

A best-selling book

In her 1978 best-selling autobiographical book “Mommie Dearest,” Christina Crawford recounts the abuse she endured along with her siblings. She describes subsequent efforts she has made to champion awareness of childhood abuse.

The subsequent feature film came out in 1981 and starred Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.

Publicity material for the radio program called Christina Crawford “an interesting woman who has lived a difficult life in the spotlight, and has come through much hardship with personal strength and a strong message for victims of abuse.”

Crawford recently appeared as part of Sacred Heart University’s American Legends series. At this event, she showed her documentary “Surviving Mommie Dearest” and talked in person about her troubled upbringing.

Pursued her own acting career

Crawford graduated from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh as a drama major and received training at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. She pursued her own acting career in theater, TV and film.

Crawford eventually moved to northern Idaho to re-evaluate and re-create her career aspirations.

She wrote, co-directed and stars in the documentary “Surviving Mommie Dearest,” which is winning recognition at film festivals and also is shown at presentations as she tours the country.

Radio show is broadcast monthly

“Backstage Buzz” airs on WPKN-FM on the third Sunday of each month at 10 p.m. Past interviews are archived on the website, www.backstagebuzz.org. The program is co-hosted by Dolly Curtis and Leo Meyer and engineered by David Schwartz.

WPKN is a listener-supported radio station based on the campus of the University of Bridgeport.