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Mildred Pierce 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2011)
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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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Series cast summary:
Kate Winslet ...  Mildred Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Bert Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
Melissa Leo ...  Lucy Gessler 5 episodes, 2011
James Le Gros ...  Wally Burgan 5 episodes, 2011
Mare Winningham ...  Ida Corwin 5 episodes, 2011
Marin Ireland ...  Letty 5 episodes, 2011
Murphy Guyer ...  Mr. Pierce 5 episodes, 2011
Guy Pearce ...  Monty Beragon 5 episodes, 2011
Diane Kagan Diane Kagan ...  Mrs. Pierce 4 episodes, 2011
Christopher Koron Christopher Koron ...  Archie 4 episodes, 2011
Morgan Turner ...  Veda Pierce 4 episodes, 2011
Halley Feiffer ...  Arline 3 episodes, 2011
Hope Davis ...  Mrs. Forrester 3 episodes, 2011
Miriam Shor ...  Anna 3 episodes, 2011
Robb Webb Robb Webb ...  Radio Announcer 3 episodes, 2011
Margaret Hall Margaret Hall ...  Mrs. Floyd 3 episodes, 2011
Quinn McColgan ...  Ray Pierce 3 episodes, 2011
Erwin Falcon Erwin Falcon ...  Pancho 3 episodes, 2011
Elvy Yost ...  Sigrid 3 episodes, 2011
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ...  Mrs. Kramer 3 episodes, 2011
Till Schauder Till Schauder ...  Hans 3 episodes, 2011
Evan Rachel Wood ...  Veda Pierce 2 episodes, 2011
Evan Thompson Evan Thompson ...  Man with a Cap 2 episodes, 2011
Brenda Wehle ...  Mrs. Turner 2 episodes, 2011
Ronald Guttman ...  Carlo Treviso 2 episodes, 2011
Kenneth Jennings Kenneth Jennings ...  Small Man 2 episodes, 2011
Todd Aubrey Davis Todd Aubrey Davis ...  Houseman 2 episodes, 2011
Tommy Nelson ...  Newsboy 2 episodes, 2011
MacKenzie Meehan ...  Cashier 2 episodes, 2011
Remy Auberjonois ...  Starched Collar Man 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Foster ...  Starched Collar Man 2 episodes, 2011
Marceline Hugot ...  Table Two Woman 2 episodes, 2011
Rocco Sisto ...  Mr. Rossi 2 episodes, 2011
Kaili Vernoff ...  Table Two Woman 2 episodes, 2011
Annette Arnold Annette Arnold ...  Waitress Annette 2 episodes, 2011
Laura Rosenthal Laura Rosenthal ...  Waitress Doris 2 episodes, 2011
Mark Margolis ...  Mr. Chris 2 episodes, 2011
Darlene Violette ...  Waitress Darlene 2 episodes, 2011
Orlagh Cassidy ...  Woman 1 2 episodes, 2011
Emily Cass McDonnell ...  Woman 2 2 episodes, 2011
Scott Robertson ...  Mr. Rand 2 episodes, 2011
Bradley Mott ...  Mr. Rice 2 episodes, 2011
Mary Bacon ...  Young Mother 2 episodes, 2011
Bob McClure Bob McClure ...  Businessman 2 episodes, 2011
Sam Kitchin ...  Customer 2 episodes, 2011
Rachel Darden Bennett ...  Shirley 2 episodes, 2011
Lena Dunham ...  Nurse 1 2 episodes, 2011
Peter McRobbie ...  Dr. Gale 2 episodes, 2011
Susan Millard ...  Nurse 2 2 episodes, 2011
Max Brand Max Brand ...  Orderly 2 episodes, 2011
Victor Slezak ...  Dr. Collins 2 episodes, 2011
Margaret Reed ...  Maggie Biederhof 2 episodes, 2011
Paul Pilcz ...  Tommy 2 episodes, 2011
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ...  Mrs. Jaeckel 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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Release Date:

27 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Blauvelt, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Director and screenwriter Todd Haynes decided that every scene should be from Mildred's perspective, and so required Kate Winslet to be in every single scene of the five hour miniseries. Winslet has publicly stated that this was her hardest shoot (around 18 weeks on set) since Titanic (1997). See more »


Version of Lux Video Theatre: Mildred Pierce (1956) See more »

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Well done emotional drama of family a mommy dearest struggle and discovery of success, yet a return to the start.
11 April 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

I for one never saw the 1945 classic original that won Joan Crawford an Oscar, but just recently viewed this remake in a long drawn out form on HBO and I must say brilliant work from Todd Haynes. One of the best ladies working in the business Kate Winslet is graceful and strong in her performance as Mildred. This is one emotional drama that has it's highs and lows it should be seen. It covers all the themes of pain, family struggle, and love, passion, heartbreak, success and most of all it's a classic mommy dearest struggle of power.

Done over five parts the great Kate Winslet stars as Mildred a woman who's married living with two daughters in sunny California in the depression era, and from the start it gets more complex for Mildred when she leaves her husband over his affair, and she's forced to wait tables for a living. Then the big blow is felt her youngest one tragically dies. Only left is the oldest the snappy and high strong Veda(played well by Evan Rachel Wood)who's so ungrateful of her mother's hard work. Still Mildred doesn't let that stop her from using her skills as a cook and baker as her talents help her open several diners and places to eat wonderful chicken and tasty pies! Along the way Mildred meets and has a passionate romance with a California playboy(Guy Pearce) only later this hot tidal wave of steamy passion crashes. And a treat was watching the supporting work from Mildred's best friends played to a tea from veterans Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham. Also along the way of Mildred's food success Veda transforms into a hellcat but her talent for singing Opera can't go unnoticed. Thru it all the ups and downs and the pain and success the mommy daughter struggle takes it's toll. As in the end it proves with Mildred one can start over and go back to their roots.

Overall well done in depth mini-series that's emotional, uplifting and a good drama of struggle and determination. The classic mommy dearest drama is one to look at, it proves family life is complex and one goes thru a lot and in the end one can return and start over even after success as one can go back. And the performance from Winslet was top notch.

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