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Mildred Pierce: A Novel, A Movie, An HBO Miniseries
Mildred Pierce has staying power.
James M. Cain first wrote the novel Mildred Pierce in 1941. Then in 1945, Mildred Pierce was made into a Hollywood movie starring Joan Crawford. The latest version is the 2011 HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, and Evan Rachel Wood.
Mildred Pierce is a divorced single mom during the Depression and to earn money, she bakes pies and cakes, then waits tables to support her two young daughters.
The movie takes her through her growth in business and deals with troubles with her daughters, especially her older daughter Veda who is spoiled and insolent.
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain - The Novel
The novel Mildred Pierce was written by James M. Cain and published in 1941. It chronicles a Glendale, California woman, Mildred Pierce in during the Depression of the 1930s.
Cain also wrote the following novels:
- The Postman Always Rings Twice
- The Enchanted Isle
- Double Indemnity in Three of a Kind
- Two Can Sing
He also wrote numerous stories of which movies were based.
What did you think of it?
Have you read the novel Mildred Pierce?
Oscar Winning Actress
Joan Crawford won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce.
Did you like Joan Crawford as Mildred Pierce?
Have you seen the 1945 movie Mildred Pierce?
Emmy for Best Actress
Kate Winslet won the best actress Emmy for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce in 2011.
The HBO miniseries aired in March and April 2011 and is now available on DVD.
Unlike the 1945 movie version of Mildred Pierce, which used an alternate ending than the novel, the 2011 version starring Kate Winslet in the title role, is a much closer adaptation to Cain's 1941 novel.
For one thing, the ending remains true to the novel, and the dialogue is nearly taken word for word from the book.
What did you think of it?
Have you seen the miniseries Mildred Pierce?
The HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce has several racy scenes. But Guy Pearce is in them so it's totally okay.
Mildred Pierce Online
- Mildred Pierce (1945) - IMDb
Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden. After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can't win the approval of her spoiled daughter.
- Mildred Pierce (TV mini-series 2011) - IMDb
With Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brian F. O'Byrne. Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.
- Kate Winslet's 'Mildred Pierce' on HBO isn't based on Joan Crawford's versi
The five-part miniseries that begins Sunday night is said to be more faithful to James M. Cain's novel.