Interactive Mommie Dearest Comes To The Ziegfeld

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When Mommie Dearest first screened in 1981, I called friends squealing, "It's the greatest movie ever made!"

I sincerely felt the over-the-top flick -- an inside look at Joan Crawford's bad mothering skills -- worked on every level, from cautionary tale to fashion show to monster mash-up, and anyone who disagreed ran the risk of getting hit in the arched eyebrow with my wire hanger!

And anyway, I guess I was right because the movie has not only survived, it's being celebrated on June 23 in an interactive version at the Ziegfeld, hosted by drag star Hedda Lettuce.

Says Hedda ...


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Hedda Lettuce

"I encourage audience members to shout out the lines, wave their wire hangers, and tell the person sitting next to them: 'Don't fuck with me, fellas!'

"In all this bravado, I dress as Joan Crawford and offer commentary throughout this camp romp with some intriguing surprises along the way planned especially for the Ziegfeld."

So go, take part, and enjoy.

Just don't make a mess or they'll be mad at the dirt!



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13 comments
lameatman
lameatman

This is not anew idea - I live in LA, and they did this 10 years ago, at the Royal Theater, on Santa Monica Blvd., in West LA, with Christina Crawford as a special guest afterward, doing Q & A, and Eric Preminger, as host (Gypsy Rose Lee's son, by Otto Preminger) -they were old friends. Everyone shouted out the lines all through the film. It was a blast !!!

Melinda9
Melinda9

I think she claims the role hurt her career, but the movie wouldn't be remembered if not for her batshit crazy performance.

jonster
jonster

I don't know why but this picture reminds me of Stockard Channing's first role, in a Joan Rivers' movie.  Can't recall the name "The Girl Most Likely to?" or something like that.  She was ugly, got in a car crash, and had plastic surgery which made her beautiful.  Then she went around and killed all the pretty ones who made fun of her.   

Midge
Midge

 Yes, she's greeting guests at the door.

Rabbit
Rabbit

The really scary thing about that photo of Faye as Joan, is that that was Joan's "company" face. 

hot for harry
hot for harry

 Why didn't I think of this. Do drag queens have all the fun?

Susan Hannaford
Susan Hannaford

Its about time. That Rocky Horror midnight  romp was rather lame.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Maybe Faye Dunaway is a diva, but the way she looks in that picture - unflattering is an understatement - indicates to me a lack of vanity. (But why didn't somebody tell her to dial it down a little)

Musto
Musto

 Also, that Joan Crawford herself loved Faye Dunaway and considered her a real movie star.

And that Faye and Bette Davis worked together and hated each other, much like Joan and Bette.

j
j

What's most interesting is the fact that Faye Dunaway's rude and diva-like public behavior (frequently--might I say obsessively--chronicled in this column) resembles that of her onscreen portrayal of Joan Crawford.

Jvporter
Jvporter

 But you cant Blance,  you cant!

Wiite
Wiite

 My favorite scene is the reading of the will at the end because then you find out why Christina wrote the book! Revenge!

Musto
Musto

PS: Hedda's favorite scene from the movie?

"It is without question when the old Tina is removed from boarding school after being caught canoodling with a classmate.

"Joan and Tina are driving back home to Joan's estate, and Joan pulls a flask out of the glove compartment to take a swig, but the flask is empty. To which Tina replies, 'There's a liquor store to the right.'

"Joan stops the car, with fire in her eyes, and says to Tina, 'I should have known you know where to find the boys and the booze.' It was as if it was ripped out from the pages of my diary."

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