Sunday, May 8, 2011
Happy Movie Mothers Day, by Bill S.
Kate (Jo Van Fleet) in East of Eden (1955). What can you say about a mom who leaves her kids to operate a whorehouse? I guess it could be worse -- she could have taken them with her.
"Mrs. Bates" in Psycho (1960). If you've seen the movie, you know why. If you haven't, I ain't ruining it for you.
Rose-Ann D'Arcey (Shelly Winters) in A Patch of Blue (1965). Batting your child around and letting your "boyfriends" rape the kid would be bad enough. But when your daughter's also blind, well, that just makes you extra evil-er.
Margeret White (Piper Laurie) in Carrie (1976). "Your dirty pillows are showing." "They're called breasts, Mama. and every woman has them."
"Joan Crawford" (Faye Dunaway) in Mommie Dearest (1981). You knew I had to include her, didn't you? I'm not sure how much of Christina's claims are true (her siblings deny them), but the movie version of Joan is pretty ghastly.
Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) in The Grifters (1990). Faking her own death by killing her son's girlfriend would seem to be a low point. But later Lilly actually does sink lower.
Susan Aibelli (Alberta Watson) in Spanking the Monkey (1994). And you thought Jeremy Davis had a bad mom on Lost. This could be the origin of the term "MILF".
Diedre Burroughs (Annette Bening) in Running With Scissors (2006). "Augusten, don't take my cigarettes. You have your own."
Mary (Mo'Nique) in Precious (2009). Throwing a TV set at your daughter is mean. And makes it harder to watch "Wheel of Fortune".
(I'd also like to add that, in listing these classic Bad Moms, I wasn't knocking either the films, or the actresses' portrayals. Jo Van Fleet, Shelly Winters and Mo'Nique all won Oscars for their respective roles, and Piper Laurie really should have won for Carrie.)
Did I miss any? Who'd be on your list?
Scott adds: I would nominate Ma Jarrett (Margaret Wycherly) in White Heat (1949).