Texas Boasts Of Lucille Fay Leseur

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Lucille Fay Leseur was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 23, 1906. Her father deserted the family before she was born, and Lucille spent much of her young life in poverty.

By the time she was ten, Lucille Fay Leseur was dancing in her stepfather’s music hall, and soon she was working at menial jobs until finally landing work as a dancer. After winning a Charleston contest, Lucille moved to Chicago with the dream of making the big time.

Eventually catching the eye of a Hollywood talent scout, Lucille took a screen test, passed it, and signed a six month contract with MGM Studios.

MGM was so pleased with Lucille that the head of the studio launched a fan magazine contest to choose a stage name for the new sensation. Joan Crawford, the name that would soon become synonymous with the golden girls of Hollywood and the silver screen, was born as a direct result of that contest, a name that Lucille Fay Leseur claimed to have disliked immensely.

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Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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