Poor Joan Crawford. Will her legacy be remembered as some odd connection to wire hangers? Well, even in the movie “Mommie Dearest” one can see that Joan wasn’t really a monster, if you look closely. And even though the movie is far from perfect, it does have a great performance by Faye Dunaway, and great clothes by the legendary Irene Sharaff.

Enjoy these photographs related to the film, containing one of my favorite performances. As Pauline Kael says in her review of “Mommie Dearest”: “Dunaway lets loose with a fury that she may not have known was in her. She goes over the top, discovers higher peaks waiting, and shoots over them, too.”

Miss Faye realized early on that she had to hold her facial muscles in a certain way in order to achieve The Joan Effect.

Here’s a good shot of one of the lavish sets in the outrageous movie.

Christina is not one of Joan’s FAAAANS!

….and Joan is not pleased.

Here are two scenes cut from the final film. Obviously, in the first, Joan and Christina are having a precious meeting before Christina receives Joan’s award towards the end of the movie. In the second, it seems Joan is pretending to be pleased that she has been let go from MGM.

This is a beach scene cut from the movie, in a poignant moment with Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford and Mara Hobel as her young, adopted daughter Christina.

These photos aren’t from “Mommie Dearest,” but they represent Faye at possibly her most glamorous in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Maybe someday, someone at Paramount Studios will get wise and show us the missing scenes from Faye Dunaway’s great performance in “Mommie Dearest!” In the meantime, enjoy this cover of now-defunct Fame magazine (the sort of thing Lypsinka sells on eBay)!

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