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‘Mommie Dearest’ had a queer storyline axed & other tea from the ultimate camp classic

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Mommie Dearest—with Faye Dunaway as abusive glamour goddess and terrible mother Joan Crawford—was supposed to be a prestige film, but it ended up becoming a derided camp classic, simultaneously devoured and mocked by squealing gays. (I’m the only one who actually thinks it’s good.

Sue me!) Those very gays have always found even the trailer a hoot!Subscribe to our newsletter for a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) of LGBTQ+ entertainment and pop culture, served up with a side of eye-candy.A new book coming out just in time for Mother’s Day–With Love, Mommie Dearest: The Making of An Unintentional Camp Classic by A.

Ashley Hoff—meticulously dissects the making of the film and why it ended up as ill advised as a nice dress on a wire hanger. Here are a few advance tidbits from the book: Oscar winner Anne Bancroft was all set to play Joan in the film, but hubby Mel Brooks intervened.

According to a source, Brooks told Bancroft, “Look, we’ve all read the book. It’s one thing to picture Crawford chopping down a tree in the backyard.

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