Mommie dearest

However, Christopher always staunchly defended Christina's claims, saying of their mother in"I honestly to this day do not believe that she ever cared for me.

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Reactions[ edit ] The book's publication in created an enormous amount of attention. In scene after scene, we are invited to watch as Joan Crawford screams at Christina, chops her hair with scissors, beats her with a wire coat hanger and, on an especially bad day, tackles her across an end table, hurls her to the carpet, bangs her head against the floor, and tries to choke her to death. Released by a smaller publishing company, the second edition included some unconventional promotional methods. This material is presented essentially as sensationalism. There's a loyal housekeeper, but never a scene where Crawford speaks personally with her. Mommie is a monster, that's all, and there's some mention of her unhappy childhood. Epilogue[ edit ] The last pages of Christina's book suggest that she was not about to let her mother have the "last word" by omitting her daughter from her will. There is a lover and a third husband, both enigmas. Christina reported that Joan's controlling and erratic behavior continued throughout Christina's adulthood. Another example: After an especially ugly fight, Joan sends Christina to a convent school. But to what end? In , the book was adapted as a movie , starring Faye Dunaway , at which the shocked Christina gave negative feedback about the film and lectures on the new edition of her book at screenings of the film.

In her autobiography, she only briefly mentions the film by stating that she wished that director Perry had had enough experience to see when actors needed to rein in their performances.

In securing the rights to the book, Christina's husband David Koontz was given an Executive Producer credit, though he had no experience producing films.

Mommie dearest

Christina suggests that Joan may have adopted children as a publicity stunt to sustain her career. Alda was hit hard in the chest and knocked over several times, while Jocelyn Brando, who was scripted to help Alda pull Dunaway off of Diana Scarwid, refused to get near her for fear of being injured. She asserts that Joan was jealous of her daughter's burgeoning acting career to the point of taking over Christina's role in the soap opera The Secret Storm while Christina was in the hospital recovering from an ovarian cyst. The movie doesn't even make narrative sense. There's a loyal housekeeper, but never a scene where Crawford speaks personally with her. However, Christopher always staunchly defended Christina's claims, saying of their mother in , "I honestly to this day do not believe that she ever cared for me. In scene after scene, we are invited to watch as Joan Crawford screams at Christina, chops her hair with scissors, beats her with a wire coat hanger and, on an especially bad day, tackles her across an end table, hurls her to the carpet, bangs her head against the floor, and tries to choke her to death. Released by a smaller publishing company, the second edition included some unconventional promotional methods. Joan also supposedly strapped Christina's younger adopted brother, Christopher, to his bed each night until he was twelve, ostensibly to control his sleepwalking. Christina reported that Joan's controlling and erratic behavior continued throughout Christina's adulthood. Often, the threatening or actually sending her to the schools was used to punish Christina for defying her mother or fighting back against abusive behavior. Christina recounts several evenings on which Joan's behavior was unbalanced, and at least one encounter with her mother where Joan attempted to strangle her. Who wants to watch this? She implies Joan had a long list of affairs with men, who Christina was required to call "Uncle" and on some occasions "Daddy", and that Joan also had many affairs with women. Another example: After an especially ugly fight, Joan sends Christina to a convent school.

Released by a smaller publishing company, the second edition included some unconventional promotional methods. Some of Joan's friends disputed the version of events presented in Mommie Dearest. She implies Joan had a long list of affairs with men, who Christina was required to call "Uncle" and on some occasions "Daddy", and that Joan also had many affairs with women.

Epilogue[ edit ] The last pages of Christina's book suggest that she was not about to let her mother have the "last word" by omitting her daughter from her will. Christina recounts several evenings on which Joan's behavior was unbalanced, and at least one encounter with her mother where Joan attempted to strangle her.

Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all. Success follows crisis without any pattern.

Reactions[ edit ] The book's publication in created an enormous amount of attention. Synopsis[ edit ] In the book, Christina contends that Joan used to hit her with objects because she didn't know how to raise children by herself, and that she was an alcoholic who placed more importance on being famous than on bringing up her children.

Mommie is a monster, that's all, and there's some mention of her unhappy childhood. No mention of what happened in the school, how it affected Christina, or whether the nun changed her opinion of the girl.

Often, the threatening or actually sending her to the schools was used to punish Christina for defying her mother or fighting back against abusive behavior.

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