Frances McDormand in 'Almost Famous'
Frances McDormand in 'Almost Famous'

My mother would have preferred a mother more like Beulah Bondi in "It’s a Wonderful Life."

My daughters would have preferred a mother more like Susan Sarandon in "Little Women" or Natasha Richardson in "The Parent Trap."

Much as I love Barbara Stanwyck in "Stella Dallas" and Claudia McNeil in "Raisin in the Sun," I would have preferred a mother more like Frances McDormand in "Almost Famous" or like Marcia Gay Harden in "Whip It" than the one I had and loved and was more like Debbie Reynolds in Albert Brooks’ "Mother."

I’ve been reading Richard Corliss’ "Mom in the Movies,"  a sprightly survey of cinemamas, as though it were a catalogue of mail-order moms. 

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