On Television, Mothers Are the Villains

Nice moms are over. If a writer wants to make good, timely television these days, looking to Faye Dunaway’s tour-de-force in Mommie Dearest is apropos. Long live the evil cinematic mom. » 5/13/14 12:20pm 5/13/14 12:20pm

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

Moms Lie To Other Moms

Feeling pressure to appear perfect, moms are apparently fibbing about everything from how much TV their kids watch to how much private time they spend with their partners. So they say, anyway. » 1/17/11 1:30pm 1/17/11 1:30pm

Courtney Love's Sad Mother's Day On Twitter

Courtney Love spent Mother's Day posting 60+ Tweets aimed at her estranged daughter Frances Bean, joking about being Joan Crawford, giving Frances feminist relationship advice, and telling her something many daughters hate to hear: "your just like me…" » 5/10/10 11:00am 5/10/10 11:00am

Kate Moss Earning Less Money; Tuleh Going Out Of Business?

Teen Mom Allegedly Assaulted By Mom

Farrah Abraham—one of the young mothers featured on MTV's Teen Mom—was allegedly assaulted on Saturday by her mother Debra Danielson, who was subsequently arrested. According to the police report, Farrah stated her mother choked and hit her. [TMZ] » 1/19/10 9:20am 1/19/10 9:20am

Things Not To Say In The Newspaper: Mom Doesn't Love Own Daughter

Crossing the line from honesty into bizarre callousness, 33-year-old Shelley Price has chosen to tell the Daily Mail that she's never loved her eleven-year-old daughter Catherine. » 1/22/09 2:20pm 1/22/09 2:20pm

Sometimes A Parent's Words Can Bear The Weight Of The World

When you're a child, your parent can seem like the earth, moon and sun. That's why an off-hand remark can inadvertently affect a child for life. In this month's O: Oprah Magazine, writer Lisa Dierbeck talks to comedian Margaret Cho, pro basketball player Tiffany Jackson, opera singer and controversial gastric bypass… » 7/08/08 4:30pm 7/08/08 4:30pm

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

The old adage that men marry their mothers has some truth to it, according to some scientists who study this sort of thing. Researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered that "If a man's mother is highly educated, chances are the woman he marries will have a similar education," Reuters reports. They surveyed… » 5/07/08 4:20pm 5/07/08 4:20pm

Who's The Wicked Mommy?

OMG! Juicy blind item. Which celebrity mother is making the other mommies paranoid? This question appears in the column of Dr. Joyce Brothers today: "Dear Dr. Brothers, I am up against a rather delicate situation as a new parent at a nursery school, and I've decided to ask your opinion... My child is an adorable… » 1/04/08 3:30pm 1/04/08 3:30pm

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