With Love, Mommie Dearest

With Love, Mommie Dearest The Making of an Unintentional Camp Classic

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Publisher's Synopsis

When she died in 1977, Joan Crawford was remembered as an icon of Hollywood's Golden Age-until publication the following year of her daughter's memoir, Mommie Dearest.

Christina Crawford's book was an immediate bestseller, addressing the infrequently discussed topic of child abuse.

When Paramount Pictures released the film, starring Faye Dunaway as Crawford, it was critically panned, and remains one of the most legendary critical bombs in film history. The lavish, big-screen adaptation drew laughter in the scenes depicting young Christina's harrowing childhood. Rarely have such good intentions been met with such ridicule.

Despite this, the movie was a commercial success and remains, four decades later, immensely popular. With Love, Mommie Dearest details the writing and selling of Christina's book and the aftermath of its publication, as well as the filming of the motion picture, whose backstage drama almost surpassed what was viewed onscreen in the film.

Based on new interviews with people connected to the book and the film, Hollywood historian A. Ashley Hoff explores the phenomenon, the camp, and the very real social issues addressed by the book and film.

Book information

ISBN: 9781641607681
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 512g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 22mm