Mom­mie Dear­est

film / 6.25pm / TCM

TV Times - - Film Guide -

With the 1978 pub­li­ca­tion of Christina Craw­ford’s book about her sadis­tic, al­co­holic film-star mother Joan, a new genre was born – the tell-all celebrity mem­oir. This movie ver­sion fol­lowed in 1981, with Faye Du­n­away mirac­u­lously trans­formed in the lead role as un­hinged neu­rotic (‘No wire hang­ers!’) Joan. With Feud – about Joan’s rivalry with Bette Davis – a big hit in the US, this camp clas­sic sets the bar high. ‘Tina! Bring me the axe!’

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