Cathy and Cynthia Crawford were born on January 13, 1947 in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Cathy and Cynthia's mother died a week after they were born from kidney failure and their skittish father abandoned the mother and children. Joan adopted the twin girls in June of 1947 from the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Cathy and Cynthia had an enjoyable childhood.
Joan Crawford (center), having completed work on Autumn Leaves (1956), posing with her adopted children, top, from left: Christopher Crawford, Christina Crawford, bottom, from left: Cynthia Crawford, Cathy Crawford.