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Mildred Pierce

Updated on October 8, 2014

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.

DVD of Mildred Pierce courtesy of Amazon. Click the link to see more about this fabulous mini series.

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.

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Oscar Winning Actress

Joan Crawford won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Mildred Pierce.

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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.

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Be Warned:

The HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce has several racy scenes. But Guy Pearce is in them so it's totally okay.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I haven't seen the miniseries but I love the book and the movie.

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      6 years ago

      My husband and I loved that movies. We watched it many times together.

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      6 years ago

      I watched this miniseries recently and really enjoyed it.

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      Joyce T. Mann 

      6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I remember my mom telling me about this movie when I was a kid. Now that I've read your lens, I recall that it was Joan Crawford's performance that impressed my mom. Thanks!


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