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Mommie Dearest

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  5,743 ratings  ·  249 reviews
With the 20th Anniversary Edition of Mommie Dearest, Christina Crawford becomes one of the only authors in publishing history to re-issue a number one best-seller. "The new edition is published as I intended it. More than 100 pages - mostly that delve into my adult relationship with Mother - that were left out of the original version are back in," said Ms. Crawford. "I've ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 1978)
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I bought this for .50 cents at a thrift store. It's dirty and dog-eared physically and metaphysically and metaphorically and all others.

Christina Crawford is as cuntastic as they come. This is a sloppy 5th grade essay on Mommie's bad moods that miraculously made me sympathize more with Joan "The Craw Craw" than anything else (I too have a fondness for bleaching powders). It's not written for therapy, it's nowhere near "A Child Called It," and the selling point is all of the nasty little tidbits
Ok reading the reviews had me so upset. Not because people didnt like the book. Thats a matter of preference. But because the nerve of some people to choose sides as if they know either parties. That concerns me. People are abused everyday and they have so much support, but the second someone is abused by someone rich, famous, and beautiful; everyone wants to debate it and take the side of the popular. I dont know if Christina is telling the whole truth about her childhoold. But even if she fabr ...more
Kimberly Rahi

First let me start off by saying that I do not under any circumstances condone child abuse. With that being said,there are several contradictory statements in Christina Crawford's story.

For those unfamiliar with this book. It is a tell all from Joan Crawford's eldest adopted child, Christina. Christina speaks in depth about her mother's strict discipline which included: harsh chores, seclusion, and "being nearly beaten to death." Does anyone remember the cult classic movie "Mommie Dearest?" "NO
Nov 06, 2008 Colleen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love crybaby stories
Recommended to Colleen by: No one
Written by a grown woman, the first of Joan Crawford's adopted children, the book reads like one big whine-a** 13yr old journal entry. Christina Crawford complains about how her mean mommie had loads of cash and didn't spoil her and her equally bratty brother, Chistopher, even more rotten than they already were. Funny how out of four adopted children growing up in the same house, two were bitter and two have happy memories of their childhood. I read this with an objective eye, what I saw was con ...more
What a ride! This book is completely insane. Which doesn't mean I don't believe Christina. I do. I have friends whose parents are drunks and I have friends whose parents are just plain nuts. This kind of crap really does happen. The emotional manipulation especially -- the child constantly reaching, constantly feeling that if she does one more thing or something a little better that longed-for love and acceptance from mom will finally come, and the shattering that occurs when one realizes it nev ...more
This book taught me to never, ever, use wire hangers! o.O

I believe Christina's story. She was emotionally and physically abused by Joan Crawford. No doubt in my mind. The only reason Joan's twin daughters didn't talk was because they had "hush" money.

SurvivorSurvivor No Safe Place: The Legacy of Family Violence
I grew up in the 80's and was irrationally obsessed with the movie Mommie Dearest; to this day, if I see it on TV, I have to stop what I'm doing and watch. Why the obsession about a pretty tragic story of a little girl who was abused? I have no idea, but I know I'm not alone.

As an adult, who loves bios of old Hollywood, I don't know why it took me a while to actually read the book, but I just did and I enjoyed (? - not sure if that's the right word) it. It delved deeper into Joan Crawford and Ch
Good movie, not so good book.

I don't doubt that even some of the more severe abuse took place, but that really isn't the issue. The real abuse is buried under chapters and chapters of boring whining. It's harder to take the real abuse seriously when the author is complaining about every single thing her mother ever said and did for the duration of her life.

At one point she says her mother is treating her brother "hatefully" because he isn't allowed to trample the flowers in the flower beds while
Joan Crawford like many stars of her day had a carefully crafted image. I don't doubt much of this book, especially while reading "Not The Girl Nextdoor". What amazed me the most about this book was that Christina still came across as loving her mother very much even after enduring horrific abuse. Most children who are abused still love their parents which is something that puzzles me. I can understand the anger and outrage Joan's public felt after this unflattering portrayl was released, Joan l ...more

Some great scenes in this book that show Joanie to be the crazy broad we all hope she actually was. However in a good chunk of the book Christina Darling bores us with her 'acting' career and life. However she did come up with more gems than Bette Davis's daughter.....Bette was mainly just scathing and difficult.

I saw the movie before I read the book so in my mind Faye Dunaway is Crazy ol' Joan. But if you only want to read the book or watch the movie, watch the movie. The movie compacts all the
Jun 24, 2009 Ronda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
I grew up watching the Joan Crawford movies, my parents were fans. When I saw this book out, I had to snap it up and read it.

It was a very good book even if the content was not only surprising but upsetting.

To know a child has been abused and not much was done to help her is sad.

To know someone is such a well respected woman and is doing the abusing and getting away with it, got away with it, was/is criminal.

I'm glad Christina wrote the book so all could see the truth about her mother. I hope it
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Jun 01, 2014 Vanessa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Jim Giddens
Narrative nonfiction, biography of Joan Crawford, autobiography of Christina Crawford, exposé of the dysfunctional family life of a famous person. This book also accounts the death of Joan Crawford as well as the three memorial services held for her family, her business associates, and her movie and television associates.

"From her throne in the eye of the hurricane, brandishing her wand of obsession, rules the queen of chaos herself: Mommie Dearest." Christina Crawford tells of the dysfunctional
Diana Long
This book was written by the daughter of Joan Crawford, a Hollywood icon of a past era who will be remembered as one of the greatest actresses of the early days of motion pictures. The author Christina Crawford paints a dark picture of the private life of her mother, her abuses of alcohol, abuses of her two older children especially Christina, her obsessions with cleanliness and order, her many lovers, her horrific mood swings and everything else not normally shared with the public. I am not inc ...more
Why did I reread this stinker? Because I wanted to read Christina Crawford's book Survivor, but this was all they had at the library. I could not be more sympathetic toward the author (or anyone with a schizophrenogenic parent or who experienced abuse of any kind as a child). However, this book is bad. I'm kind of thinking never mind about reading Survivor.
I had a friend who adored the movie so I decided to read the book. I'm a big fan of old Hollywood but I do not like Joan Crawford. I don't think she was pretty, talented, or even that good of a person so I thought I'd like this book. However it was nothing but TRASH.
This girl is just complaining about ridiculous things. For example:

- Fans would send her oodles of presents for Christmas and Joan would let her keep one and donate the others. She complains about that. Joan was trying not to have h
Oct 14, 2011 Alexander rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of celebrity tell-alls, shocking novels, family dynamics books, and "The Valley of the Dolls"
Ok, so where do I begin? First, this book is not just some gossip-queen purely-for-entertainment trash novel a la Valley of the Dolls (which happens to be a favorite of mine also). Sure, the book is full of stories of mental, verbal, and physical abuse, raging alcoholism, bipolar obsessive compulsion, and even allegations of lesbianism. But one of the best facets of the book is that it is also somewhat of a psychological novel. Christina goes through great pains not only describing the events an ...more
I'd watched the movie several times and honestly, I laughed at most of the over the top scenes. The whole issue of child abuse was lost on me in the movie. When Joan Crawford lays into Christina over the wire hangers I tried to figure how an 8 year old got a hold of wire hangers. It wasn't like she could run to the store and buy them.

the book clarifies that -- they came from the cleaners that way. Other scenes that came across as humorous and turned the movie Mommie Dearest into a cult classic m
This book was awesome...definitely a HUGE insight to Ms Joan Crawford..I'd been searching for an affordable copy of this book for 3 years through my local trade in friend happened to find it before me & was kind enough to let me read it first.
The movie, follows pretty closely to book...with exceptions to the extra children that were left out of movie.
I think Ms Joan Crawford was an interesting and savvy business woman but she also had a lot of personal demons that she carrie
Obviously, a lot has been said about this book and consequently many have weighed in and chosen sides. It's difficult to judge the veracity of Christina's heartbreaking story since so many others have disputed it. In fact, I have read other Crawford biographies whose authors directly attack Christina for defaming her ultra glamorous, Oscar-winning mother.

It seems all that can be said for certain is that mother and daughter had, at the very least, a troubled relationship and one can readily belie
I had somehow never gotten around to reading a book that I knew was an "icon" in the genre it seemed to create (the grown-child-tell-all-about-abuse-from-mom-or-dad book). Some scattered moments of great narrative (e.g., opening chapter at the funeral home, description of "night raids," etc.) mixed in with less inspired writing -- but always a compelling tale. Even if it is true (but yet unproven) that Christina Crawford embellished the story (as she is accused), this recounting of parental abus ...more
Barbara Cochrane
Very good book, if I remember correctly. It has been many years since I read this book.
I do remember being glued to it and having a bit of trouble reconciling this cruel person to the glamorous movie star I had seen on screen. I wondered why she ever adopted children if she was going to be so cruel.

The younger Ms. Crawford had a lot of anger when she wrote this book and considering she waited until her mother was dead to write it, I question some of the sensational events in the book. What lend
I don't know what this book wanted to be most of the time. Was it a story about Christina or a tell all about Joan? Was there fabricated truths mixed in with truth? I don't know.

The biggest problem I have with this book is how vividly Christina remembers a lot of what is said and what happened. But then again, I guess people tend to remember the bad things more than the good.

Another thing that bugged me was Christina's letters. We always saw Joan's letters but we never saw Christina's. We are t
I'm having a hard time picking a star rating because I couldn't put this book down, and I think you should read it, but at the same time it's really just a two-dimensional, disjointed laundry list of horrifying events. It's like reading the tabloids.
I read this when I was a kid during the summer at my father's house. It made... an impression. One time my step-mother took me along on a nosey day of looking at mansions for sale and we got to go inside the house where most of this book takes place.
Well that was a ride. The writing is not the best, clearly a work of a memoir by someone without a great deal of skill in storytelling. That being said the story in and of itself is provocative, showing a very different and darker side to the Hollywood days of the old grand dames of acting. The veracity of the tale to me is not in question as it clearly shows that as a child and young adult this woman survived and incredibly mentally abusive and taxing family life. It was compelling and interest ...more
As far as memoir writing goes, Mommie Dearest isn't terribly strong. I do think that Crawford was able to get her experience on paper and that this was probably therapeutic to finally share her truth. I also think she captures the constant struggle between seeking a mother's love while also hating her and enduring her abuse. And the abuse she endures is overwhelming.

That being said, I don't find her writing style very strong. She jumps around, repeats, and is often so enmeshed in her mother's h
Trashy + poorly written, and I couldn't put it down. And you thought your childhood was rough....
Read many years ago. Hated wire hangers ever since.
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Christina Crawford is the adopted daughter of movie star Joan Crawford. She is best known for her contorversial book "Mommie Dearest", about her abusive childhood in Hollywood.
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