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 Motherâ€™s Day, here are a few examples from literature and pop culture of stories where the mothers donâ€™t have such a positive influence on their kids.
Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest Â
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 â€ścharacterâ€ť 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 armâ€™s length for most of their childhoods by sending them to boarding schools.