"Mommie Dearest" chronicles a daughter's life with her abusive, alcoholic mother. The daughter, Christina Crawford, is the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. Based on Christina's memoir that was published in 1978, this movie proves that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. "Mommie Dearest" recounts Joan Crawford's unbalanced and sometimes terrifying actions toward her adopted children. Throughout the movie, Joan Crawford is portrayed as a selfish mother, who seems more focused on her acting career than the well-being of the children she adopted. The movie shows Hollywood behind closed doors, where the actress millions idolized turned from ingenue to monster, scarring her children in the pursuit of perfection.