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

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

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 'Let's-Take-Over-Central … » 12/21/07 3:00pm 12/21/07 3:00pm