History Literature / MommieDearest

10th May '16 8:36:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality, because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.

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The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality, because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.



* BerserkButton: Wire hangers strangely sets Joan Crawford off in the movie adaptation.

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* BerserkButton: Wire hangers strangely sets Joan Crawford off in the movie adaptation. A few explanations could exist:



*** 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.

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*** ** 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.



* ChewingTheScenery: Faye Dunaway mowing down the sets, props and co-stars in every scene she's in.
** To quote ''Variety'''s famous review: "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."

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* ChewingTheScenery: Faye Dunaway mowing down the sets, props and co-stars in every scene she's in.
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in. To quote ''Variety'''s famous review: "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."



* {{Determinator}}: Joan Crawford comes off as one in the film, however, thanks to all the shit ''she'' has to put up with as a WhiteDwarfStarlet.



** {{Determinator}}: She comes off as one in the film, however, thanks to all the shit ''she'' has to put up with as a WhiteDwarfStarlet.



* GenrePopularizer: As mentioned, Christina Crawford's book started a slew of mean-spirited books written by children of famous actors about their parents' alleged abusive and loose behavior. Lampshaded in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls,'' in a bookstore Sophia says she's going to go browse in the "Bitter children of celebrities" section.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "NO! WIRE! HANGERS! EVEEEEEER!!!"

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"NO! WIRE! HANGERS! EVEEEEEER!!!"



*** "Oh Joan, stop 'acting'." "IIIIII'MM! NOOT! ACTINNNNNNNGGGG!!!"

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*** ** "Oh Joan, stop 'acting'." "IIIIII'MM! NOOT! ACTINNNNNNNGGGG!!!"
29th Apr '15 10:23:59 AM PrincessGwen
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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality, because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.

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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: ArtisticLicenseHistory: The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality, because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.
3rd Apr '15 11:43:13 AM PurpleWarrior13
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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!).
5th Jan '15 1:17:44 PM VicGeorge2011
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The book can be seen as one of the first (and arguably most successful) of the genre of nasty tell-all biographies of stars, mostly from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, told by their children. The kids of Marlene Dietrich, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/HenryFonda, Loretta Young, Music/BingCrosby, BetteDavis, and Creator/PeterSellers all tried to replicate its success with varying results (the Bette Davis book flopped and was debunked, for example, but the books that Marlene Dietrich's and Bing Crosby's respective broods wrote did quite well).

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The book can be seen as one of the first (and arguably most successful) of the genre of nasty tell-all biographies of stars, mostly from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, told by their children. The kids of Marlene Dietrich, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/HenryFonda, Loretta Young, Music/BingCrosby, BetteDavis, Creator/BetteDavis, and Creator/PeterSellers all tried to replicate its success with varying results (the Bette Davis book flopped and was debunked, for example, but the books that Marlene Dietrich's and Bing Crosby's respective broods wrote did quite well).
5th Jan '15 12:30:30 PM nombretomado
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The book can be seen as one of the first (and arguably most successful) of the genre of nasty tell-all biographies of stars, mostly from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, told by their children. The kids of Marlene Dietrich, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/HenryFonda, Loretta Young, Music/BingCrosby, BetteDavis, and PeterSellers all tried to replicate its success with varying results (the Bette Davis book flopped and was debunked, for example, but the books that Marlene Dietrich's and Bing Crosby's respective broods wrote did quite well).

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The book can be seen as one of the first (and arguably most successful) of the genre of nasty tell-all biographies of stars, mostly from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, told by their children. The kids of Marlene Dietrich, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/HenryFonda, Loretta Young, Music/BingCrosby, BetteDavis, and PeterSellers Creator/PeterSellers all tried to replicate its success with varying results (the Bette Davis book flopped and was debunked, for example, but the books that Marlene Dietrich's and Bing Crosby's respective broods wrote did quite well).
1st Jan '15 7:53:42 AM VicGeorge2011
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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.

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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality reality, because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.
1st Jan '15 7:23:22 AM blueranger
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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: The film shows Joan's role on the soap opera ''The Secret Storm'' being taped live. In reality because of how drunk she was on set, they often had to rely on editing to make it watchable.
** Joan also had four husbands, though she was on her third by the time she became a mother. The movie combines them all into one character Greg.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Many assume Dunaway's performance is campy and over the top, when drunk abusive people have acted that way in reality. Not to mention how over the top the real life Joan Crawford was.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Many assume Dunaway's performance is campy and over the top, when drunk abusive people have acted that way in reality. Not to mention how over the top the real life Joan Crawford was. In fact Barry Norman's book ''The Hollywood Greats'' claims that the real Joan often spoke as if she were reading lines from a script.
22nd Dec '14 12:09:55 PM Conradus
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** To quote ''Variety'''s famous review: "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."
20th Nov '14 5:46:55 PM essentialyetappealed
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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.
20th Nov '14 1:57:08 PM cococrisp
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* ThePrimaDonna: Joan is portrayed as this.
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