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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 15: Barbara Baekeland (Savage Grace)

Slide 15: Barbara Baekeland (Savage Grace)

Tom Kalin's Savage Grace brings to the screen the incredible lives of the Baekeland family, first immortalized in the 1985 true-crime book of the same name by Natalie Robins and Steven M. L. Aronson. Barbara Baekeland had married into a family rich from inventing the plastic Bakelite. From that elevated social and economic position, she'd hoped to join the ranks of world's rich. Only her husband left her and her son turned gay. As an attempt to salvage it all, she seduced her son Tony (or so she claimed) to cure him of his homosexuality. Instead, Tony snapped, killing his mother in 1972. Kalin, in talking about the historic model for the character played by Julianne Moore, says: "Though you can see that Barbara was the mother from hell from her transgressing traditional boundaries, you can also see from the early photographs that she was unbelievably devoted to her child, had an incredible tenderness, was ahead of her time in her thinking about how you raise a child…for her it was not the lack of love, but an extortion or distortion that became suffocating."