Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe
Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Joan Crawford)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eve Arden); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ann Blyth); Best Screenplay (Ranald MacDougall); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.
Quotables: IDA: Personally, Veda’s convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This is an incredible movie. Joan Crawford and Ann Blyth perfectly portray a mother and daughter always at odds with each other. Mildred Pierce (Crawford) wants the very best for her two daughters, Veda (Blyth) and Kay (Jo Ann Marlowe). While Kay idolizes her mother’s work ethic and is grateful for everything she has, her elder daughter Veda is a spoiled princess who wants to lead a lavish life that her parents simply cannot provide for her.
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