Christina Crawford Has No Sympathy For Faye Dunaway

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At her Surviving Mommie Dearest show last night, Christina Crawford took questions from the audience, so I raised my little hand and said, "Faye Dunaway was always embarrassed by Mommie Dearest..."

"She should," interjected Christina, sharply.

"Is it possible that Faye didn't care for the movie's editing or marketing?" I continued, playing devil's advocate. "Maybe some things were taken out of her hands."

"Nothing was taken out of her hands," said Christina, sternly.

Ouch. Don't mess with a Crawford woman.

By the way, in the documentary she'd shown the audience just before that, Tina had talked about how Anne Bancroft was supposed to play Joan in the movie, but the scripts coming in were awful, so she backed out (something Joan herself should have probably done on occasion towards the end of her run.)

Once Faye decided she wanted the role, she dressed uncannily like Joan from head to toe and went to the house of producer Frank Yablans, aiming to impress him. When Yablans saw what looked like back-from-the-dead Joan standing before his eyes, he almost had a heart attack and plotzed. Faye was Possessed. And Mr. Producer felt Sudden Fear.

And I bet Faye wishes she'd never done that and gotten the part.

Still, whether it was taken out of her lacquered hands or not, I feel she should embrace the thing already. Or at least go with Christina's new mantra: "I feel nothing."


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kennyracerx
kennyracerx

Anybody who watched that movie with an open mind should read a book that Susanne Sommers wrote about child abuse called Wednsday's Childeren.  Not that I was abused as a child but it woke me up to some fears I had as a child. The book hit on Hollywood kids growing up in a supposedly wellbeing household, which in turn was completely oppososite of what we would think. Bing Crosby had no business being a parent. He beat the living daylights out of his children, few which commited suicide. And, in short, the part that really ground me to no end was the statement he made to the pubic that in his second marriage he let his wife handle the disapline because he thought he may have been to hard on his older kids. What a bunch of bullshit !!!!! I should;nt think like this, but, if he;s rotting in hell, he deserves it! My heart goes out to Gary Crosby, Whom I don't know if he;s even alive today to talk about it. Lots of celebrity accounts are written in "Wednsdays Childeren". Please read it and understand what these kids went through. P.S. I am a Wednsdays child, born on Wednsday, December 2nd, 1959.

srbarth
srbarth

The late actress Helen Hayes, whose son played with Christopher, wrote in her autobiography that Joan was 'cruel' to her children and that her Hollywood contemporaries were 'worried to death' about them. 'It would have been futile for me or anyone else to protest,' she wrote. 'Joan would only get angry and probably vent her rage on the kids. 

Obviously Christina had issues she still carries to this day, but her brother stated Mommie dearest was true. Yes she got back by telling the truth, but Joan exploited her children for publicity all the time, pay back is a b**ch. 

rosemarynae
rosemarynae

Another hollywood brat. Christina was spoiled and made her living exploiting her mother because of her inability to make it in the real world. 


I really do love this movie, Faye was just amazing as Crawford. 

dependableone
dependableone

I believe the little girl was a little brat. She spoke out of place and she did get a lot. She did not get it as a child or an adult.

crynoescuro
crynoescuro

Joan Crawford ruined Strait-Jacket by demanding an addtional final scene, just because she wanted the audience to have a last impression of her, instead of Diana Barker... Maybe Faye Dunway didn't act very well, but I think she really caught the essence of Joan Crawford.

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fffghyhjmnnm

The film itself is great. I think it's interesting to consider that this is not really a portrayal of  Joan Crawford but a portrayal of Joan Crawford as a character in a book. I'm sure these stories are as old as history but this book did seem to inspire a whole new style of celebrity biography. It feels like a comic book and a soap opera but it's not junk. Everything is perfect and totally memorable.

logan
logan

Faye now retweets anytime one of her followers talks about Mommie Dearest, so I think she is softening. Also, I don't think saying Faye was embarrassed by the film is accurate. I expected better from you, Musto.

jl641
jl641

It is my favorite movie of all time!

savagenyc
savagenyc

Dunaway's performance, in 'Mommie Dearest', was not only described as "operatic" by PAULINE KAEL writing for the NEW YORKER...but the film also garnered paragraphs of praise from ANDY WARHOL in the artist's posthumously published diaries...AND the whole reason SCORCESE was late for his speech one year at the Golden Globe Awards was, according to him, due to the fact he couldn't tear himself away from the film 'Mommie Dearest', which he said was playing on his hotel's movie channel...


victoria157
victoria157

Dude!  That movie is a cult classic.  Maybe there was a phase of time that people snuffed it, but now she has the upper hand of being in a cult classic movie that still shows regularly.  That's better then most movies get after 20+ years.

LesFleurs
LesFleurs

But that's a performance of genius bordering on a religious experience. Not only does she give a great performance, she gives a great performance of a great performer giving a great performance, in a period style, not knowing sometimes where the performing begins or ends, for character or performer, Joan or for Faye; the mask that eats the face! 

In Buddhist terms it's one big Faye Dunaway/Joan Crawford Samsara of birth and rebirth. 

Nam Fayeho Renge Joan.

lameatman
lameatman

Comic Michael McDonald ("Mad TV") has a great bit about getting a call from Dunaway, when she was going to be auditioning for a role in a comedy film. It's priceless. It's clear the woman is bi-polar, or just plain mentally ill. Look, I love Faye's performances, be it " Bonnie And Clyde", "Network", "Chinatown", "MD",  etc. But at the same time, they are all tinged with a slight 'offness'.  Little bit looney. I think her mental illness comes through, in every role. Lets be honest - it's what makes her interesting.



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RobertAllenFirth
RobertAllenFirth

This woman is a one-trick train wreck...er, pony.  Sorry.  I always thought the movie version of "Mommie Dearest" made for a great Midnight Movie.  Free admission with coat hanger and Old Dutch Cleanser!

albertrg43
albertrg43

dude, faye's performance was amazing! anyone who thinks different needs to be strapped to their bed.

normadesmond
normadesmond

tuned into joy behar last night to watch daughter meerest. joy did a shitty job with the interview...she hit her with the same questions that were answered 40 years ago.

THANK GOD WE HAVE MICHAEL MUSTO TO GIVE US SOME T!

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

Christina should be thrilled with the two talented actresses who played her: Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid.

I've seen the grown-up Mara Hobel on "Law & Order." Does anyone know what Ms .Scarwid has been up to?

tampontammy
tampontammy

Best movie ever and Faye is the best actress ever!

williamHK
williamHK

I think Faye's is a great performance and I'm glad the director didn't reign her in!

Gregorama
Gregorama

Maybe Faye will come around at some point...though I'm not betting on it.  Look how long it took Patty Duke to embrace "DOLLS"?  But now, Patty seems to really be enjoying its place in the all-time camp firmament.  Faye's seriously got to get a sense of humor.  In truth, her performance was startlingly effective...if only she'd had a director with balls enough to rein her in, for Christ's sake!  She ran rampant because no one was strong enough to say "no" to her.  Like when she went cross-eyed on "YOU FIGURE IT OUT!"  What was that about?  Why didn't someone stop her?  If the film had had a real director and a better script, we probably wouldn't be having this discussion.  It wasn't Faye's fault that the film was a disaster, in my opinion.

srbarth
srbarth

@rosemarynae The late actress Helen Hayes, whose son played with Christopher, wrote in her autobiography that Joan was 'cruel' to her children and that her Hollywood contemporaries were 'worried to death' about them. 'It would have been futile for me or anyone else to protest,' she wrote. 'Joan would only get angry and probably vent her rage on the kids. 

Obviously Christina had issues she still carries to this day, but her brother stated Mommie dearest was true. Yes she got back by telling the truth, but Joan exploited her children for publicity all the time, pay back is a b**ch. 

MSpeer
MSpeer

@Gregorama I agree with you on all points.

Recall that Fay Wray eventually came around about her role in King Kong and perhaps even Jack Haley softened a little about his role in the Wizard of Oz. 

About the creative direction of Mommie Dearest, do you think they they set out to make a camp classic? Can't be sure. I'd have loved to have seen Anne Bancroft in that role--with that better script. But that's the way it goes.


azraels_grave
azraels_grave

@ozma696 @logan Its odd how people can take something spoken and not get what she meant. Let me recap for the sheep. She was not embarrassed about the film. Moreover she felt she did some amazing roles that were positive. And wanted to have those reflected. Had nothing to do with she hated her role in the film. Simply a interest that shes done some other great roles with a more positive outlook. If people can't get that then they are beyond lost.

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