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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 4: Angela Petrelli (Heroes)

Slide 4: Angela Petrelli (Heroes)

In Heroes, in which a race of people with unique powers emerges from the general population, one woman exhibits perhaps the most dangerous pull of all—the maternal drive. Angela Petrelli (played with icy precision by Cristine Rose) is somehow always right in the middle of every labyrinthine plot that engages the show's "heroes." For actress Rose, her character is a complicated creature: "Poor Angela Petrelli, so misunderstood. At worst she's morally ambiguous, meaning well but occasionally taking rather drastic measures to 'save the world.' Like killing a whole lot of people." Indeed she has a hard time deciding between her role as mother and evil mastermind. As Rose jokes, "While adoring her sons, she has, on occasional, suggested a 'bullet through the head' of each of them, so that her schemes would not be thwarted."