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Book Title: Mommie Dearest|
The author of the book: Christina Crawford
Edition: William Morrow & Co
Date of issue: October 1978
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.34 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.4
ISBN 13: 9780688033866
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3 "poorly written but utterly fascinating" stars !!
Barely 2 stars for the writing but 4 stars in a fascinating character study of Christina Crawford !!
Christina Crawford was a celebrity poster child for alleged abuse done to her and siblings by film actress Joan Crawford who was her adoptive mother.
This film terrified me when I was a child and I had nightmares for several weeks after a babysitter let me watch this with her on a friday night. Here is a clip of my 10 year old self's nightmare scene !!
I am not going to focus on the allegations of Christina Crawford as if what she describes is completely true then Joan Crawford is one of the most disturbed women ever.
I found the character study of Christina as she writes about her life fascinating. She comes across as both extremely naive and extremely rageful. The book is completely regressed and Ms. Crawford was likely dissociating while writing it. Here is a sample of very strange and immature writing:
"Mommie dearest got her feelings hurt. Mommie dearest became distressed. Mommie dearest became enraged when she perceived that all was not well in mannequin-land. The children, the babies were in a state of mutiny! Mommie dearest has to punish bad babies...mommie dearest doesn't want to have anything more to do with bad babies...mommie dearest put bad babies away from her....mommie dearest found a prison for bad babies and locked them up to punish them for being such bad babies...."
In fact, Christina Crawford comes across as an eleven year old throughout the book and her emotional immaturity is both her charm and a great cause of her difficulties with both herself and society in general. She is clearly fairly bright with a master's degree but she has a tendency to externalize all her difficulties on her mother as well as fate. She has completed a communications degree as well as having an estimated net worth of 5 million due likely to both her books and film.
She also has done some TV and film acting work.
She is an unreliable narrator either because of trauma or capitalizing on alleged traumas and it is very difficult to tease out. I feel that the truth lies somewhere in between and that Christina had a very challenging if privileged upbringing with a mother that was extremely personality disordered. Likely this has led to a more benign personality disorder in Christina herself. She appears to have overcome many of her obstacles and is able to enjoy life and be in a loving relationship. Good for her and I am glad the she has healed many of the hurts and traumas inflicted on her whether they were as terrible as she makes them out or more moderate in nature.
Joan Crawford was one of the stars in one of my favorite movies with her nemesis Bette Davis and here is a brief clip of that film:
Twisted sisters all the way around huh ??
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Read information about the authorChristina Crawford (born June 11, 1939) is an American writer and actress, best known as the author of Mommie Dearest, an autobiographical account of alleged child abuse by her adoptive mother, famous Hollywood actress Joan Crawford. She is also known for small roles in various television and film projects, such as Joan Borman Kane in the soap opera The Secret Storm and Monica George in the Elvis Presley vehicle Wild in the Country.
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