Trivia: Mommie Dearest

  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Heroes And Villains:
    • #41 Villain, Joan Crawford
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Movie Quotes:
    • #72, "No wire hangers, ever!"
  • Creator Backlash: Faye Dunaway regrets having played Joan Crawford in the movie version and doesn't like to talk about it, either. Christina Crawford also regretted it being made.
  • Genre-Killer: While the book spawned a slew of nasty tell-all "memoirs" by children of famous celebrity parents that continues to this day, this film seemed have killed the idea of turning those books into major motion pictures, save for a television movie every now and then.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Alfred Steele later took a job as the captain of Sealab.
  • Parody: MAD Magazine referenced Mommie Dearest in their After the End satire of Who Framed Roger Rabbit from issue #284. With Roger's career already in decline, his daughter adds to his problems by publishing a tell-all book called "Bunny Dearest: A Hare-Raising Shocker".
    • Robin Williams also parodied this in one of his stand-up comedy routines that he called "Daddy Dearest", in which his hypothetical child berates his father's performance in the movie version of Popeye.
  • Parody Retcon: The movie started being advertised as a parody a few weeks after its release. Posters were changed to read, "Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all!"
  • Star-Derailing Role: Faye Dunaway, considering nobody could take her seriously after this role.
    • In a roundabout sort of way, Joan Crawford herself, who died years before the film came out. Nowadays, more people associate her with this campy movie about how she abused her daughter then the films that made her famous.
  • Truth in Television: Some modern audiences are confused at the film where Christina's soap opera seems to be both performed live and being recorded at the same time. This was a technique called "live tape" where television shows were performed as if live, including timed pauses for commercial breaks, but recorded for later broadcast.