Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.
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 Mildred Pierce (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Bert Pierce (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Lucy Gessler (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Wally Burgan (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Ida Corwin (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Letty (5 episodes, 2011)
Murphy Guyer ...
 Mr. Pierce (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Monty Beragon (5 episodes, 2011)
Diane Kagan ...
 Mrs. Pierce (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Anna (4 episodes, 2011)
Christopher Koron ...
 Archie (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Veda Pierce (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Arline (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Mrs. Forrester (3 episodes, 2011)
Robb Webb ...
 Radio Announcer (3 episodes, 2011)
Margaret Hall ...
 Mrs. Floyd (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Ray Pierce (3 episodes, 2011)
Erwin Falcon ...
 Pancho (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Sigrid (3 episodes, 2011)
Laura Esterman ...
 Mrs. Kramer (3 episodes, 2011)
Till Schauder ...
 Hans (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Veda Pierce (2 episodes, 2011)
Evan Thompson ...
 Man with a Cap (2 episodes, 2011)
Brenda Wehle ...
 Mrs. Turner (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Carlo Treviso (2 episodes, 2011)
Kenneth Jennings ...
 Small Man (2 episodes, 2011)
Todd Aubrey Davis ...
 Houseman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Newsboy (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Cashier (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Starched Collar Man (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mo Levinson / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Starched Collar Man (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Table Two Woman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Rossi (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Table Two Woman (2 episodes, 2011)
Annette Arnold ...
 Waitress Annette (2 episodes, 2011)
Laura Rosenthal ...
 Waitress Doris (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Chris (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Waitress Darlene (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Woman 1 (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Woman 2 (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Rand (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Rice (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Young Mother (2 episodes, 2011)
Bob McClure ...
 Businessman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Customer (2 episodes, 2011)
Rachel Darden Bennett ...
 Shirley (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Nurse 1 (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Gale (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Nurse 2 (2 episodes, 2011)
Max Brand ...
 Orderly (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Collins (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Maggie Biederhof (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Tommy (2 episodes, 2011)
Leslie Lyles ...
 Mrs. Jaeckel (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mrs. Levinson (2 episodes, 2011)
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Glendale, California, 1931: Mildred Pierce, a young mother with a talent for baking, is left a "grass widow" after throwing her husband, Bert, out of the house. Forced to hunt for work to support herself and her two young daughters, 11-year-old Veda and seven-year-old Ray, Mildred visits an employment agency, only to encounter job opportunities she feels are beneath her. Amidst her job search, she receives dating advice from her friend and neighbor, Lucy Gessler, and begins an unexpected affair with an ex-business partner of her husband's, Wally Burgan. When Mildred receives a call from the agency regarding an opening as a housekeeper to a wealthy socialite, she reluctantly agrees to meet with her. After cutting the acerbic interview short, Mildred seeks refuge at a local diner, Cristofor's Café, where fate, and a waitress named Ida, will play a role in shaping her future. Written by HBO Publicity

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Having It All Would Cost Her Everything.

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The story takes place in Los Angeles, but was shot in New York, and because of an unusually chilly spring, palm trees on the set had to be kept from wilting by being heated in a greenhouse. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #15.120 (2011) See more »

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Adequate but no more
23 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even at the extended length this is a mere patch on the classic Joan Crawford noir. Kate Winslet is a great actress, assuredly a more accomplished thespian than Crawford but the part fit Joan like a glove but by hewing so close to the novel this refocuses the drama in too many directions and loses the impact of any of them. Another problem is the part of Veda. The casting of two actresses minimizes the impact of the role for a start and the portrayals of both actresses while not bad can not possibly compete with the cancerous, psychopathic venality of Ann Blyth's pit viper in the original. It's bandbox pretty in the attention to detail of the sets but overall lacking a certain something...glamour? a proper consistent mood? to make it compelling that the Crawford film pulled off effortlessly.


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