12 Tough Movie Mothers, From Well-Meaning to Just Mean

By Suzanne Woolley, Nikhil Hutheesing and Ben Steverman - 2013-05-08T19:35:52Z

Photograph by Paramount/Everett Collection

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Just Mean: 'Mommie Dearest'

If your mother beat you with a wire hanger and hacked your hair off when you put on make-up and then -- as a final maternal dis -- cut you out of her will, you may just want to tell the world about it. That's what Joan Crawford's adopted daughter Christina did when she wrote the memoir "Mommie Dearest," which was made into a film in 1981, starring Faye Dunaway and directed by Frank Perry. Christina's revenge ensured at least one thing after her mother's final act: She had the last word.