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Some Other "Other" Mothers

Posted February 18, 2009 to photo album "Some Other "Other" Mothers"

Slide 1: Other Mother (Coraline)
Slide 2: Beverly R. Sutphin (Serial Mom)
Slide 3: Eleanor Iselin (The Manchurian Candidate)
Slide 4: Angela Petrelli (Heroes)
Slide 5: Edith Bouvier Beale (Grey Gardens)
Slide 6: Deirdre Burroughs (Running with Scissors)
Slide 7: Claire Roth (In a Country of Mothers)
Slide 8: Eva (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Slide 9: Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
Slide 10: Mrs. Violet Venable (Suddenly, Last Summer)
Slide 11: Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate)
Slide 12: Margaret White (Carrie)
Slide 13: Livia Soprano (The Sopranos)
Slide 14: Wanda Holloway (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom)
Slide 15: Barbara Baekeland (Savage Grace)
Slide 16: Medea (Medea)
Slide 17: Alexis Carrington (Dynasty)
Slide 14: Wanda Holloway (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom)

Slide 14: Wanda Holloway (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom)

Stage moms are particular species of "other" mothers, but Wanda Holloway (juicily played by Holly Hunter in Michael Ritchie's satirical The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader) pushes that identity to a homicidal extreme. She doesn't just push her own child; she orders a hit on the competition. The whole thing would be funny if it wasn't for the fact that the story was based on a true story. In 1991, the real Ms. Holloway attempted to get her brother-in-law to kill the mother of her daughter's cheerleading competition, since, she assumed, a daughter so distraught by her mother's death would pull out. In fact, Holloway was arrested before anything happened, and served six months of her 10-year sentence before she was paroled.