Tough Movie Mothers, From Well-Meaning to Just Mean

By Nikhil Hutheesing, Suzanne Woolley and Ben Steverman - 2012-05-08T21:17:08Z

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Just Mean: 'A Patch of Blue'

"Where's my supper?" is just about the nicest thing Rose-Ann says to her blind daughter, Selina, in the 1965 movie, "A Patch of Blue." Shelley Winters won a best supporting actress Oscar for playing Rose-Ann, a hotel maid and part-time prostitute who keeps Selina locked up in their tiny apartment. She gives Selina occasional beatings and tells her her "face is a mess" because of the accident that blinded her -- an accident Rose-Ann caused. Just as it looks as if Selina will be recruited into prostitution herself, she escapes, falling in love with Gordon (Sidney Poitier), who helps her enter a school for the blind.

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