Mom in the Movies

The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate)

By Richard Corliss; Debbie Reynolds (Foreword by); Carrie Fisher (Foreword by)
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476738260, 231pp.)

Publication Date: April 2014

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With a foreword written by Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, and sidebar essays by Eva Marie Saint, Illeana Douglas, Jane Powell, Sam Robards, and Tippi Hedren, this book is packed with an incredible collection of photographs and film stills. "Mom in the Movies" makes a great gift for any mom--and for anyone with a mother who oughta be in pictures
From the cozy All-American mom to the terrifying "Mommie Dearest" or the protective Sigourney Weaver in "Aliens," when it comes to mothers on the silver screen, it takes all kinds.
Turner Classic Movies and film historian Richard Corliss presents" Mom in the Movies," a definitive, fully illustrated book that shares the many ways Hollywood has celebrated, vilified and otherwise memorialized dear old Mom.
Here, you will meet the Criminal Moms, like Shelley Winters in "Bloody Mama," and the eccentric Showbiz Moms, including those from "Gypsy" and "Postcards from the Edge." You'll also find Great American Moms, as warm and nourishing as apple pie, in movies such as "I Remember Mama" and "Places in the Heart," along with Surrogate Moms, like Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother, Rosalind Russell in "Auntie Mame," Dianne Wiest in "Edward Scissorhands" and Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side." And who can forget the baddest mothers of all? No book on movie moms would be complete without Angela Lansbury in "The Manchurian Candidate."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

From Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich to Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, moms make the movies. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Corliss about his new book that looks at iconic screen mothers. More at

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