Married 57 years… They also owned most of Camarillo – the original place, the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation, is still there, and, I will not speak of the Kardashians here, or the outlet mall πŸ™

OK, my beguiling beloved just stopped me, being both shopping and TV impaired I had to explain to him where the Kardashian’s McMansion was, and also the the location of the the Gap outlet. Enough said.

Clear your minds, and…

Behold the arc of love:

maccreas on the beach.

Frances and Joel McCrea.

Frances and Joel McCrea

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  1. February 10, 2013

    The last photograph is amazing.

    • February 10, 2013

      Lovebirds, right? It’s beautiful to see.

  2. February 10, 2013

    Love those pictures. Such a beautiful twosome…

    haha! The Kardashian McMansion… Such tackiness.

    • February 10, 2013

      Reality TV is a genre I just don’t understand — and the house has about as much humanity as an airport Marriott. What’s neat about Camarillo is that the old timers there still talk about the McCreas and the ranch. It’s sweet.

  3. February 10, 2013

    Joel McCrea was one of the most underrated of actors. Great pix.

    • February 10, 2013

      I don’t know why he didn’t achieve the acclaim that others did, he certainly worked consistently and in every genre… maybe he was more focused on his family and the ranch and didn’t have time for PR…

  4. February 10, 2013

    57 years. How very lucky they were.

    • February 10, 2013

      I think she died at 96 (like Kate Hepburn) — if I remember correctly she was visiting one of her son’s on his ranch… and I think she was scheduled to speak at a museum? I might be embellishing, but I do know she was a very active gal all the way up to the end.

      • February 10, 2013

        That’s the way to be… on the ball to the end of the game.

      • February 10, 2013

        Did you get my email about Lane’s Parma Violets?

      • February 10, 2013

        I just wrote you back πŸ™‚

      • February 10, 2013

        LOL so did I!

  5. Michael D Jones
    April 27, 2018

    I had the privilege of assisting Mrs. Francis McCray at the age of, I believe 90 or maybe 91 as she was in our assisted living facility for rehab after falling at home. She was a bright and vibrant woman. Always poised and kind and absolutely would not come out of her room until she was immaculately dressed, hair just right and plenty of bling. Such a great story teller also. She had a very interesting life and loved reminiscing about it. From one of the first coca cola girls to her Hollywood success to her very proud and perhaps her best role, Mrs. McCray. She really loved Joel, her late husband. She always smiled when saying his name and she loved his ” big hands” she would say. She made going to work more enjoyable every day. God bless you Mrs. Francis. You are by your beloved Joels side again, where you always longed to be.

  6. Michael D Jones
    April 27, 2018

    Forgot to mention that my wonderful experience of knowing Mrs. Francis McCray
    Was in 2002 in Roswell New Mexico.

    • April 27, 2018

      Delighted to hear that, and thank you so much for sharing your story. A Coca Cola girl, I never knew that!

      • Michael D Jones
        May 4, 2018

        Yes. She got an offer from Coca Cola to go to California as a celebrity guest for an anniversary event they were having. She asked me to go and be her driver and to help her get around and one of the female aides was going to be her personal attendant. She was so excited to go but her doc said she shouldn’t travel so far due to her accident. We were all bummed. We had a real bond. I should have been fired for all the time I spent in her room talking with her and looking at pictures out of the book her son wrote about her and Joel. She was one in a million. Our birthdays were only 7 days apart. We got along like we knew each other our whole lives. She was a very awesome person. She left a big impression on me and everyone there.

  7. K
    October 22, 2018

    I’m not the only person to have noticed that “Vickie Lester” is the name that Judy Garland had thrust upon her as her stage name in “A Star is Born”….??

    • October 23, 2018

      Yes, and I haven’t seen the new version but the name this time around is Ally πŸ˜‰ .

  8. Narrvin Lee Jr.
    February 25, 2020


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