Mommie Dearest

  • Film

    January 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Christina Crawford Improves Her Stage Act

    When I saw it recently, Christina Crawford's presentation Surviving Mommie Dearest (at the Snapple Theater Center) was a little bizarre because the bulk of it involved her showing a documentary that includes lots of her facing the camera and telling stories about mama, Joan Crawford. Christina saunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Christina Crawford: Mommie Dearest Killed Her Last Husband

    I've written about how at an event years ago, Christina Crawford suggested that mommie dearest Joan Crawford killed her last hubby, Pepsi head Alfred Steele, but Christina didn't get to elaborate as to just what she meant by that. When I cornered her after her talk to ask for some expansion on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Christina Crawford Has No Sympathy For Faye Dunaway

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Christina Crawford Has More Stories, And Will Tell Them In NYC

    In case you haven't heard (or maybe you did and blocked it out): Just in time for Mother's Day, Christina Crawford will descend upon the heart of Manhattan to tell even more harrowing stories about her late mama, the shoulder-padded menace Joan Crawford.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Moose Murders Author Is Bringing The Legendary Flop Back! Here's All The Dish!

    If Carrie the Musical can crawl back through the wreckage, why not Moose Murders? The 1983 Broadway flop was a door-slamming, bad-taste comedy set in a mountain lodge full of nefarious, low-level show biz types, and I actually sort of enjoyed it. But the critics went savage on the show and it clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Vampires And Howard Johnson's This Past Weekend

    My days and nights are so enchantingly surreal, I wish we could switch bodies sometime. Just this weekend I went to a special screening of Hotel Transylvania, the 3D animated film with Adam Sandler as Dracula trying to protect his 118-year-old daughter from humans, until realizing people are sort o ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    What Movies Should Be Turned Into Musicals? My Ideas!

    With Newsies, Leap of Faith, and Ghost all upon us this season, Broadway is more than ever turning to old flicks to transform into stage dollars. But which movies haven't been muscalized for Broadway yet? Not that many, actually, but I do have some ideas. Hey, Mr. producer, next season let's plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    How Much Do I Love The Ovation Channel?

    Ovation generally shows a lot of documentaries about creative artist types, which is a huge notch above reality shows and absolutely fine with me. But lately, every time I click on it, they're airing one of my all-time favorite camp movies. Mahogany! Sparkle! Gypsy! Mommie Dearest! A Choru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Joan Crawford Was Cut From Rosemary's Baby!

    ​Rutanya Alda--best known as Carol Ann in Mommie Dearest--just told me a remarkable story. Rutanya was Mia Farrow's stand-in for the 1968 suspense classic Rosemary's Baby.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    A Better Life Tackles Our Troubled Immigration Policy

    ​A Better Life is Chris Weitz's finely done neo-realistic film about a Mexican immigrant's poignant attempts to build a better life for his son in L.A. At a luncheon yesterday, Weitz (About a Boy) told me that nobdy wants to talk about the problems with the immigration system. Except the Rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    My Shocking Experience With Christina Dearest

    In 1998, Christina Crawford, renowned author of the legendary revenge memoir Mommie Dearest, came to Town Hall to sell copies of the new edition of her book after being interviewed onstage by critic Rex Reed. In that Q&A, she graciously reiterated all the awful things Mommie did to her as we wept i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Interactive Mommie Dearest Was A Scream

    ​ Mommie Dearest is the unwitting 1981 comedy about celebrity child abuse, but it was funnier than ever at last night's interactive version of the camp classic at the Ziegfeld. The event ballsily started with go-go boys running down the aisles with empty popcorn buckets that the audience was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Performances That Should Have Been Nominated For an Oscar

    There are hundreds of great performances through the years that the Academy Awards have strangely neglected, but I like them, I really, really like them! They simply got shafted because they were in the wrong category, they didn't get the right buzz, they didn't ham it up enough, or they didn't give ... More >>