Movie Mothers Know Best

As we celebrate Mother's Day, we'd like to think (hope?) there are valuable lessons to be learned from Hollywood's big-screen moms—even the less-than-perfect ones

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Joan Crawford

(Faye Dunaway — Mommie Dearest)

Well, she was right about wire hangers.

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Mrs. Gump

(Sally Field — Forrest Gump)

Stupid is as stupid does, but there's nothing stupid about unconditional love.

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Mabel "Madea" Simmons

(Tyler Perry — Madea film series)

Sometimes life is a real drag.

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Queen Amidala

(Natalie Portman — Star Wars Episodes I, II & III)

No buns about it: Bad hairstyles can be genetic.

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Donna Sheridan

(Meryl Streep — Mamma Mia!)

There's no (paternity) problem a little ABBA can't solve.

Rosemary Woodhouse

(Mia Farrow — Rosemary's Baby)

Thou thinkest thy child is a demon?

For more lessons from Hollywood's movie moms, buy "Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate)," on sale now.


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First published in the May 2014 issue

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