Christina Crawford is a now 77 year old woman who wrote a book called “Mommy Dearest” in 1978. Of course I’d heard of it, but I never read it (duh, I’ve only read 5 books for pleasure in my whole life #TrueStory) and I’ve never seen the movie.
So, I’ve got 2 things to say… Firstly, I never saw the movie because when I was a teenager my friends and some adults used to make (harmless) jokes about my (birth) mother being “Mommy Dearest”. They told me what the movie was about and it reminded them of my child-self and my (birth) mother. So obviously, I wasn’t going to run out and rent the DVD. But just now I’m watching an interview of her with Bill Boggs (BillBoggsYouTube) and I’m fascinated by how well mannered and genuine she comes across. People don’t interview like that anymore. And then before clicking away from YouTube, I watched a clip from the movie and I was kind of grossed out. It was made in the early 1980’s and took place in the 1940’s and 1950’s… and it was just so powerful. I was reading reviews and the film was panned as a dud and even a comedy, becoming a cult classic for all the wrong reasons. That saddens me. Here is this woman who writes a deeply emotional memoir about a terribly abusive childhood, and people make fun of it. Was it the acting in the film? What was it? Gosh, as a people, we are so damn critical. We LOVE the negative.
OK, so the second thing is that just watching the clips of the movie based on the book, now I understand why my friends, teachers and parents of friends told me that my (birth) mother was like Mommy Dearest.
So, in closing, I give this now adult woman in her golden years, a ton of credit for writing this book. And given the era, she was very brave to do so.
Thank You Cristina Crawford.