Publisher description for Mom in the movies : the iconic screen mothers you love (and a few you love to hate) / by Richard Corliss ; foreword by Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher; [with editorial assistance from Turner Classic Movies].

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From Time movie critic Richard Corliss and Turner Classic Movies: The definitive, comprehensive guide to mothers in film—the good, the fierce, and the complicated—featuring more than 100 photographs and stills.

Whether she’s the cozy All-American Mom, the terrifying Mommie Dearest, or the protective Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, when it comes to mothers on the silver screen, it takes all kinds. Now Turner Classic Movies teams up with film historian and critic Richard Corliss to bring you Mom in the Movies, the definitive, fully illustrated guide to the many ways that Hollywood has celebrated, vilified, and poked good fun at dear old Mom.

You’ll meet the Sad Moms, like Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People, and the eccentric Showbiz Moms, including those from Frances and Postcards from the Edge. You’ll also find All-American moms, who are as warm and nourishing as apple pie, in movies such as I Remember Mama and Places in the Heart, along with Battling Mothers who’ll do anything to protect their kids, like Cher in The Mask and Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much. There are even cartoon Disney moms and stepmoms, from Dumbo to Snow White to Tangled. And who can forget the baddest mothers of all? No book on movie moms would be complete without Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate.

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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Mothers in motion pictures.