Just like in real life, parents in movies, books, and TV shows can change the path their kids take in a heartbeat. Just in time for Mother’s Day, here are a few examples from literature and pop culture of stories where the mothers don’t have such a positive influence on their kids.
Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest
One of the very first celebrity tell-all books, Mommie Dearest, was written by Christina Crawford, the adoptive daughter of star actress Joan Crawford. In the ensuing movie based on the book, the “character” of Joan Crawford was made famous by actress Faye Dunaway. In the book, Christina recounts that her mother often spoke about how she only adopted her and her brother Christopher as a press stunt. According to her daughter, Crawford had uncountable affairs with both men and women, and kept her children at arm’s length for most of their childhoods by sending them to boarding schools.