History Literature / MommieDearest

10th May '18 1:03:20 PM ironballs16
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** According to WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob, this is largely because Joan Crawford [[RealityIsUnrealistic actually behaved this way]], citing one quote in particular.
--->"I need sex for a clear complexion, but I'd rather do it for love."
7th May '18 6:34:43 PM ironballs16
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Faye Dunaway is now supposedly writing a tell-all memoir of the disastrous making of the film (which would make it [RecursiveAdaptation a book of the film of the book]]!). Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann, published her own diary of the shoot in 2016.

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Faye Dunaway is now supposedly writing a tell-all memoir of the disastrous making of the film (which would make it [RecursiveAdaptation [[RecursiveAdaptation a book of the film of the book]]!). Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann, published her own diary of the shoot in 2016.
7th May '18 6:34:35 PM ironballs16
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Faye Dunaway is now supposedly writing a tell-all memoir of the disastrous making of the film (which would make it a book of the film of the book!). Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann, published her own diary of the shoot in 2016.

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Faye Dunaway is now supposedly writing a tell-all memoir of the disastrous making of the film (which would make it [RecursiveAdaptation a book of the film of the book!).book]]!). Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann, published her own diary of the shoot in 2016.
20th Apr '18 2:15:43 AM CJO123
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The 1981 movie version of the book was an even bigger debacle: Faye Dunaway (who ironically had been praised by Crawford in print prior to her death and who even suggested that she should play her in the inevitable bio-film of Joan's life) was cast and Paramount mounted it as a serious bio-film. Sadly though, after numerous re-writes and a director (Frank Perry) who had a penchant for hammy melodramas, much of Joan Crawford's character development ended up missing, which turned her into a deranged cartoon character, and the abuse segments took on larger than life sadistic tones. By the end, even Christina Crawford (whose husband had a hand in producing the film) thought the film was too over-the-top. As such, Faye Dunaway came off as a LargeHam--her acting career never really recovered--and the film picked up a huge word-of-mouth regarding it as [[SoBadItsGood an unintentional comedy]]. This forced the studio to {{retool}} the marketing to focus on the over-the-top abuse. Sadly, it failed to save the box office take, though it secured itself as a CultClassic.

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The 1981 movie version of the book was an even bigger debacle: Faye Dunaway (who ironically had been praised by Crawford in print prior to her death and who even suggested that she should play her in the inevitable bio-film of Joan's life) was cast and Paramount mounted it as a serious bio-film. Sadly though, after numerous re-writes and a director (Frank Perry) who had a penchant for hammy melodramas, much of Joan Crawford's character development ended up missing, which turned her into a deranged cartoon character, and the abuse segments took on larger than life sadistic tones. By the end, even Christina Crawford (whose husband had a hand in producing the film) thought the film was too over-the-top. As such, Faye Dunaway came off as a LargeHam--her acting career never really recovered--and the film picked up a huge word-of-mouth regarding it as [[SoBadItsGood an unintentional comedy]]. This forced the studio to {{retool}} the marketing to focus on the over-the-top abuse. Sadly, it failed to save The film was a success at the box office take, though office, grossing $39 million worldwide on a $5 million budget, and it also secured itself as a CultClassic.
28th Mar '18 12:23:37 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: Everything about the book and TheMovieOfTheBook are all dedicated to make Joan Crawford despicable as possible. The movie brought this to UpToEleven though.

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* HateSink: Everything about the book and TheMovieOfTheBook are all dedicated to make Joan Crawford despicable as possible. The movie brought this to UpToEleven though.though, making it HateSink: The Movie.
26th Feb '18 3:01:44 PM CaptEquinox
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*** 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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*** Wire hangers can also leave permanent dents and even ''rust'' 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.
9th Feb '18 5:43:49 PM Brainbin
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* BlandNameProduct: A unique example regarding Joan's acting career. Since Paramount owned the rights to very few of her films, most of Joan's work is left intentionally vague.

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* BlandNameProduct: A unique example regarding Joan's acting career. Since Paramount owned the rights to very few of her films, films[[note]]In fact, Paramount had been the ''only'' studio Joan had never made a movie for[[/note]], most of Joan's work is left intentionally vague.
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!!!"
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