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|“||You'll never be anything more than a common frump!||„|
|~ Veda to her mother|
|“||Don't worry about me; I'll get by||„|
|~ Veda while being arrested|
Veda Pierce Forrester is the daughter of the protagonist Mildred Pierce, who is a single mother raising both Veda and her younger sister Kay. Veda wishes to be rich a high class, despite the fact that Mildred is having difficulty providing for her daughters. Because Veda has expensive tastes, Mildred is forced to get a job as a waitress to support her daughter.
Despite Mildred working hard and generously providing for her daughter, Veda despises her mother. Veda believes that a waitress is a lowly and embaressing line of work. Despite Veda's cruel behavior, Mildred still loves her daughter, and tries her best to please her.
Veda's younger sister, Kay, dies of Pneumonia, and Mildred decides to try and move up in the world. Mildred starts her own resteraunt called "Mildred's" and her resteraunt is a huge success. Veda, of course, is still not satified, and still thinks of her mother as poor trash. Despite this, Mildred tries to buy Veda's affection by giving her anything she wants. But Veda never appreciates it. Veda later marries a man her age, but soons gets a divorce. Before she does, however, she tells him she's pregnant in order to get $10,000 from him. She later reveals to her mother she was lying about the pregnancy.
When Mildred gets married to a new man named Monte Beragon, Beragon starts abusing Mildred's income. Veda ends up working with Beragon and wants him to divorce her mother and marry her. When Beragon refuses, Veda kills him. As Veda is arrested, Mildred, still loving her daugther, apologizes to her for not making her happy. Veda, naturally, brushes it off.