Kathryn Hahn

Memorable mom roles are back in full force this season, for better or worse

Memorable mom roles are back in full force this season, for better or worse

Mothers have, of course, been a mainstay among movie characters forever, with many of Hollywood's best known actresses earning Oscar gold for their work playing a memorable mom: Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce” (1945), Sophia Loren for “Two Women” (1961), Meryl Streep in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment” (1983), to name but a few.

Mothers on film, as in real life, have certainly grown over time, from the early days of the mostly stay-at-home moms through to the rise of working women and business owners. From idyllic to flawed, married to single, self-sacrificing to self-possessed, objectified...

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