Mom in the Movies

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 8, 2014

Turner Classic Movies and film historian Richard Corliss present "Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate)," the definitive, fully illustrated book that shares the many ways Hollywood has celebrated, vilified and otherwise memorialized dear old Mom.
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.
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."
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. With "Mom in the Movies," Richard Corliss and Turner Classic Movies bring those many moms vividly to life, in words and pictures.

About the Author
Turner Classic Movies, Inc., is the definitive movie channel offering the best in classic Hollywood films to have ever graced the silver screen. The channel is watched in more than 80 million homes and has one of the largest film libraries in the world.

Debbie Reynolds is an actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and author best known for her leading roles in Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and on TV as Bobbi Adler in Will & Grace. After more than sixty years in the entertainment industry, she is truly a Hollywood icon. Today, she performs her one-woman show around the world, making films and television appearances, and writing a weekly syndicated advice column.

Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars" trilogy. She starred in countless films, including Shampoo "and When Harry Met Sally". She is the author of Shockaholic;" Wishful Drinking" (which became a hit Broadway production); and four bestselling novels, Surrender the Pink", Delusions of Grandma", The Best Awful, " and Postcards from the Edge. "

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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