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After a fight with her husband, Mildred Pierce finds herself alone and caring for her two young daughters. She hasn't worked outside of the home for several years but is excellent at making... See full summary »

Director:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

James M. Cain (novel), Todd Haynes (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Mildred Pierce
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Bert Pierce
Melissa Leo ... Lucy Gessler
Morgan Turner ... Veda Pierce
Quinn McColgan ... Ray Pierce
Evan Thompson Evan Thompson ... Man with a Cap
Brenda Wehle ... Mrs. Turner
Murphy Guyer Murphy Guyer ... Mr. Pierce
Diane Kagan Diane Kagan ... Mrs. Pierce
James Le Gros ... Wally Burgan (as James LeGros)
Kenneth Jennings Kenneth Jennings ... Small Man (as Ken Jennings)
Robb Webb Robb Webb ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Todd Aubrey Davis Todd Aubrey Davis ... Houseman
Hope Davis ... Mrs. Forrester
Tommy Nelson ... Newsboy
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Storyline

After a fight with her husband, Mildred Pierce finds herself alone and caring for her two young daughters. She hasn't worked outside of the home for several years but is excellent at making pastries and sells cakes and pies to friends and neighbors. She would like to work as a sales clerk or a receptionist but those jobs are hard to come by. She has an interview with a Mrs. Forrester about becoming her housekeeper but it's clear that her pride will not let her take such a low position. She finally realizes - urged on by her friend and neighbor Lucy Gessler - that she'll never get the type of job that she wants and settles for a job as a waitress in a hash house. She begs Lucy never to tell her daughters, especially the elder Veda, of the type of work she does. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Goofs

Mildred goes to a house in "Beverly" (Beverly Hills) to interview as a housekeeper. Since Beverly Hills had only been around a decade or so by the time the events of the miniseries took place, the street trees and plantings would not have been anywhere near as old as they seem around the mansion she visits. See more »

Quotes

Mildred Pierce: I can't do it, Lucy! I just can't!
Lucy Gessler: Do what?
Mildred Pierce: Wear a uniform. Take their tips. Face those awful people. They call me names! One of them... One of them grabbed me... Put his hand clear up... Clear up...
Lucy Gessler: What do they pay you?
Mildred Pierce: 25 cents an hour.
Lucy Gessler: And tips extra?
Mildred Pierce: [nods with her head]
Lucy Gessler: Baby, you're nuts.
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Mildred Pierce Opening Titles
Written and performed by Carter Burwell
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