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This scum Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
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Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. This Joan Crawford occupies slot #41 in the AFI's 50 Villains list.

This Oscar-winning actress was Hollywood royalty when she adopted a baby girl in 1939. Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) was nearing the end of her career, however; the plum roles were less frequent and her publicity was waning. Perhaps to boost her press coverage a little bit, she adopted a little girl whom she named Christina and became a mother after a number of miscarriages.

The little blonde with curls certainly took after her mother, showing a rebellious spirit at an early age. It was then that she discovered just how controlling her mother could be. Joan demanded nothing but perfection from her daughter, as well as the title of "Mommie Dearest" (sincerely). She yelled her daughter into submission, ordering her to swim laps in the pool, but Christina lost again, and Joan won again, angering her by laughing at her, while Christina scolded her by not playing with her again, causing Joan to berate her and lock her in the pool room. Also, one day later, Joan found out Christina tried to find a way to make people look at her and she looked around herself in the mirror, and Joan tried to pry the lotion off Christina's hair, but she inappropriately cut Christina's hair and gave Christina a bad haircut, causing both her daughter and herself to cry. Joan was inappropriate to Christina by yelling at her to eat bloody steak.

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The defining moment of their abusive relationship took place one late night when Joan entered Christina's bedroom, rummaged through her closet, and discovered one of her little dresses on a wire hanger. "NO WIRE HANGERS!" she screamed with rage. But while throwing out the clothes and wire hangers, Joan hated Christina. Rousing her daughter out of her bed, Joan berated the frightened child and even beat her with the offending hanger. Also, after believing that the perfectly clean floor was dirty, she yelled at her and beat her up when there was a little spot in the bathroom, yelling at her to clean up this mess and hating her. Soon after, Joan sent Christina to live at a private school. Joan gave Christina to Mrs. Chadwick. Christina stated the word "understand" and befriended Tony and Vera.

Christina found Joan drunk, but she and Carol Ann helped her to get in her bed. Christina made love to Tony and had sex with her but was watched by Vera, and Joan was furious towards to Christina first, and then was furious towards Mrs. Chadwick. After having heard that Mrs. Chadwick was going to revoke Christina's and Tony's privileges, Joan took Christina home with her, not allowing Mrs. Chadwick to revoke Christina's privilege. Years later, Joan first lied about Christina being expelled from school, and when Christina told the truth about her mother's lies, she got slapped twice by her own mother Joan. Joan asked Christina to treat her like a stranger would treat her because Christina was never one of her mother's fans. Joan inappropriately tried to strangle Christina to death, but was pushed away and beat up by Christina, whom she told to get out of the house. A day later, Joan locked Christina away to a convent.

Perhaps the most insulting maneuver by her mother occurred years later when Christina, who had always been a natural actress and studied at school, got work on a soap opera in New York City. Laid up in the hospital with a sudden illness, Christina watched as her mother insisted on replacing her on the show during her sickness. The fact she was supposed to be playing a woman half her age only made it more embarrassing, for Joan and Christina.

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Based on the book by Christina, Mommie Dearest depicted Joan Crawford as an obsessive, controlling, drunk maniac who could never bear not being the center of attention. Even after Joan tried choking Christina to death, she came to accept her mother's actions to be driven by a self-imposed condition more than by hatred. At the end of her mother's life, she was happy her mother's pain was finally over. And then Christina discovered she was left absolutely nothing in her mother's will. Even beyond the grave, her mom was one major bitch.