The Night Belongs To Joan Crawford

Today would be the legendary Joan Crawford's 108th birthday. Crawford was one of the most famous movie stars — and highest paid women — in the late 1920s and 1930s, and F. Scott Fitzgerald once called her "the best example of the flapper, the girl you see in smart night clubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication,… » 3/23/12 6:50pm 3/23/12 6:50pm

Daughter To Show Joan Crawford's Naked Home Videos

Not content with simply making her mother's name synonymous with bad parenting, Christina Crawford is developing a one-woman show in which she she'll share new details about her family — including never-before-seen home videos of a nude Joan Crawford. The play, which is titled Surviving Mommie Dearest, is based on her… » 9/15/11 9:33pm 9/15/11 9:33pm

Child Abuse Is Not Funny, But Mommie Dearest Is

People always cite Mommie Dearest as the end of Fay Dunaway's career as a legitimate actress, which is unfortunate. Her performance is campy and over-the-top, sure, but it's also kind of spot-on, especially considering the source material is traumatic childhood memories. The other thing is that she is unintentionally… » 6/18/08 6:30pm 6/18/08 6:30pm

Susanna Sonnenberg Adds Another Chapter To The Unhinged Mother Canon

In today's New York Times, famously-scurrilous book critic Michiko Kakutani gives a rave review to Her Last Death, Susanna Sonnenberg's debut memoir about her totally batshit mother, "Daphne." While Sonnenberg's mom "possessed a magical charm and a contagious, manic enthusiasm, especially in...her… » 12/21/07 3:00pm 12/21/07 3:00pm