History Literature / MommieDearest

13th Jan '18 2:28:30 AM VicGeorge2011
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* BerserkButton: Wire hangers strangely sets Joan Crawford off in the movie adaptation. A few explanations could exist:

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Wire hangers strangely sets Joan Crawford off in the movie adaptation. A few explanations could exist:
12th Jan '18 7:11:24 PM GarrulousTiger
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In the movie at least. Joan is turned down by adoption agencies for being a single woman with a career, so she enlists lawyers to "bend the law" to allow her to adopt.
22nd Dec '17 8:30:20 PM GarrulousTiger
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* HormoneAddledTeenager: Gets Christina in trouble in the film, when she gets caught making out with a male classmate by the boy's girlfriend, who tattles on them. Joan's response is to yank Christina out of school.

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* HormoneAddledTeenager: Gets Christina in trouble in the film, when she gets caught making out with a male classmate by the boy's girlfriend, who tattles on them. Joan's response is to yank Christina out of school. school, and then insist (despite the fact that the headmistress was willing to let it blow over) that Christina was "expelled."


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** "CHRISTINAAAAA, CHRISTOPHERRRR! DAMMIT!!!"
22nd Dec '17 8:27:09 PM GarrulousTiger
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* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Joan Crawford flies into a [[BerserkButton]] hysterical rage, because she discovers some wire hangers in her closet, which lead to the infamous yell: "No... wire hangers... ever!" Even more disturbing: this anecdote was taken directly from her daughter's autobiography about the famous actress!
** Indeed, any instance of defiance or misbehavior from Christina, no matter how insignificant, is license for Joan to fly into blind rage - whether that be chopping off all of Christina's hair to punish her for preening in the mirror, pulling Christina out of school for making out with a male classmate and then insisting Christina was expelled even though the headmistress was willing to let it blow over, or nearly choking Christina to death for attempting to call her out on her bullshit.

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* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Joan Crawford flies into a [[BerserkButton]] [[BerserkButton hysterical rage, rage]], because she discovers some wire hangers in her closet, which lead to the infamous yell: "No... wire hangers... ever!" Even more disturbing: this anecdote was taken directly from her daughter's autobiography about the famous actress!
** Indeed, any instance of defiance or misbehavior from Christina, no matter how insignificant, is license for Joan to fly into blind rage - whether that be chopping off all of Christina's hair to punish her for preening in the mirror, pulling Christina out of school for making out with a male classmate and then insisting Christina was expelled even though the headmistress was willing to let it blow over, or nearly choking Christina to death for attempting to call her out on her bullshit.
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22nd Dec '17 8:26:22 PM GarrulousTiger
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* DisproportionateRetribution: So many instances of Joan flying into blind rage at the tiniest hint of defiance or misbehavior from Christina. Including: chopping off all of Christina's hair as punishment for preening in the mirror; pulling Christina out of school after Christina is caught making out with a male classmate and then telling everyone Christina was expelled (even though the headmistress was willing to let it blow over); and, of course, a savage beating for the cardinal sin of having wire hangers in the closet.



** Earlier in the film, Christina lends a sympathetic ear when her mother pours out her sorrow regarding her financial situation - she had to fire the maid, she can't pay Christina's tuition so Christina will have to go on a work scholarship - only to learn that Joan still has money to spend on alcohol and countless pairs of shoes.

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** Earlier in the film, Christina lends a sympathetic ear when her mother pours out her sorrow regarding her financial situation - she had to fire the maid, she can't pay Christina's tuition so Christina will have to go on a work scholarship - only to learn that Joan still has money to spend on alcohol booze and countless pairs of shoes.



* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Joan Crawford flies into a hysterical rage, because she discovers some wire hangers in her closet, which lead to the infamous yell: "No... wire hangers... ever!" Even more disturbing: this anecdote was taken directly from her daughter's autobiography about the famous actress!

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* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Joan Crawford flies into a [[BerserkButton]] hysterical rage, because she discovers some wire hangers in her closet, which lead to the infamous yell: "No... wire hangers... ever!" Even more disturbing: this anecdote was taken directly from her daughter's autobiography about the famous actress! actress!
** Indeed, any instance of defiance or misbehavior from Christina, no matter how insignificant, is license for Joan to fly into blind rage - whether that be chopping off all of Christina's hair to punish her for preening in the mirror, pulling Christina out of school for making out with a male classmate and then insisting Christina was expelled even though the headmistress was willing to let it blow over, or nearly choking Christina to death for attempting to call her out on her bullshit.
22nd Dec '17 8:16:58 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Earlier in the film, Christina lends a sympathetic ear when her mother pours out her sorrow regarding her financial situation - she had to fire the maid, she can't pay Christina's tuition so Christina will have to go on a work scholarship - only to learn that Joan still has money to spend on alcohol and countless pairs of shoes.
22nd Dec '17 8:11:26 PM GarrulousTiger
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* DisproportionateRetribution: So many instances of Joan flying into blind rage at the tiniest hint of defiance or misbehavior from Christina. Including: chopping off all of Christina's hair as punishment for preening in the mirror; pulling Christina out of school after Christina is caught making out with a male classmate and then telling everyone Christina was expelled (even though the headmistress was willing to let it blow over); and, of course, a savage beating for the cardinal sin of having wire hangers in the closet.


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* HormoneAddledTeenager: Gets Christina in trouble in the film, when she gets caught making out with a male classmate by the boy's girlfriend, who tattles on them. Joan's response is to yank Christina out of school.
22nd Dec '17 7:58:52 PM GarrulousTiger
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* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Played absolutely straight in the movie, as a drunken Joan begs her lover Greg not to leave her after a particularly nasty argument. It fails.
27th Nov '17 6:45:04 PM GarrulousTiger
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** The root of her hatred for wire hangers is most likely the fact that Joan Crawford grew up dirt poor, and wire coat hangers were a reminder of the past and her struggles being poor.
** Joan also had to do menial work in her youth at the dry cleaner's behind her house, making the hangers an especially physical reminder of her rough past.
** Wire hangers can also leave permanent dents in delicate fabrics, which is what expensive clothes are often made of. Her anger could have derived from the fact that she was angry her daughter was 'ruining' the clothes she spent a lot of money on. Indeed, during her tirade Joan mentions that the dress in question cost $300.

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** *** The root of her hatred for wire hangers is most likely the fact that Joan Crawford grew up dirt poor, and wire coat hangers were a reminder of the past and her struggles being poor.
** *** Joan also had to do menial work in her youth at the dry cleaner's behind her house, making the hangers an especially physical reminder of her rough past.
** *** Wire hangers can also leave permanent dents in delicate fabrics, which is what expensive clothes are often made of. Her anger could have derived from the fact that she was angry her daughter was 'ruining' the clothes she spent a lot of money on. Indeed, during her tirade Joan mentions that the dress in question cost $300.
** In the movie at least, any hint of defiance or mischief on Christina's part is a cue for Joan to fly into a blind rage. Her reaction to Christina's telling her, "I am not one of your fans!" is to nearly choke her to death.



* LargeHam: And how. TruthInTelevision too, as the real Crawford was said to be one in Real Life. Also, Faye Dunaway as Crawford in the film version.

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* LargeHam: And how. TruthInTelevision too, as the real Crawford was said to be one in Real Life. Also, Faye Dunaway as Crawford in the film version.version (and Diana Scarwid as teenage/adult Christina in certain scenes).



* ThePrimaDonna: Joan is portrayed as this.

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* ThePrimaDonna: Joan is portrayed as this. Joan, on the other hand, would suggest that this describes ''Christina'' more accurately.
--> '''Joan:''' She negotiates everything like a goddamned Hollywood agent!
22nd Sep '17 2:16:06 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* BigBadParent: Joan Crawford, she was even ranked #41 Villain on AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains.

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* BigBadParent: BigBad: [[ArchnemesisMom Joan Crawford, Crawford]], she was even ranked #41 Villain on AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains.
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