In 1969, Joan Crawford starred in the pilot episode of "Night Gallery" (as a wealthy woman who will stop at nothing to find a donor for her eye transplant). The performance, among her last, was also hailed as one of her best. Her appreciative director? Steven Spielberg, who gave Crawford a lovely gift: A single red rose in a Pepsi bottle.
What "gift" did Crawford give Spielberg in return? She taught him how to belch!
[As Spielberg's career bloomed, Collins sent him many congratulatory letters. They remained good friends until her death in 1977.]
[Crawford once gave Henry Fonda a novel gift as well: a jockstrap decorated with rhinestones, sequins, and red beads.]