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Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | | Documentary, Crime | 11 March 2017 (USA)
In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.


Erin Lee Carr
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Credited cast:
Jim Arnott Jim Arnott ... Himself - Sheriff
David Blanchard David Blanchard ... Himself - Gypsy's Neighbor (archive footage)
Dee Dee Blanchard Dee Dee Blanchard ... Herself (archive footage)
Gypsy Rose Blanchard Gypsy Rose Blanchard ... Herself
Kristy Blanchard Kristy Blanchard ... Herself - Gypsy's Stepmother
Rod Blanchard Rod Blanchard ... Himself - Gypsy's Father
Michelle Dean Michelle Dean ... Herself - Freelance Journalist
Marc Feldman Marc Feldman ... Himself - Munchausen Expert
Bernard Flatersten Bernard Flatersten ... Himself - Pediatric Neurologist
Nicholas Godejohn Nicholas Godejohn ... Himself - Gypsy's Boyfriend (archive footage)
Charles Goldhammer Charles Goldhammer ... Himself - Nick's Stepfather (archive footage)
Stephanie Goldhammer Stephanie Goldhammer ... Herself - Nick's Mother (archive footage)
Calvin Holden Calvin Holden ... Himself - Judge (archive footage)
Linda Ong Linda Ong ... Herself - Reporter
Dan Patterson Dan Patterson ... Himself - Prosecutor


In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

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In this family, every illness was a lie - except the mother's.


Documentary | Crime



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Release Date:

11 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anya gyilkos kincse See more »

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HBO Documentary Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of Gypsy Rose's teeth actually fell out as one of the harsh side effects of the many medications her mother was giving her (including cancer meds). In the documentary, you can see her teeth change and she eventually had to wear dentures. See more »


Referenced in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pathological (2018) See more »

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A Compelling and Disturbing True Crime Documentary
11 March 2017 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Mommy Dead and Dearest was extremely well-received in its world premiere today at SXSW Film Festival. This film morphs from apparent case of matricide into one of the journey of Gypsy, a severely abused child. Her journey as recounted in recovered VHS tapes and interviews will shock you even if you think you can no longer be shocked by what human beings are capable of. It is best not to give away too many of the details of Gypsy's story. The filmmakers have taken care to present the story with both sympathy and nuance as we learn the disturbing details behind Gypsy's story and most disturbingly how every institution that was supposed to help her – medical, educational, social workers, the criminal justice system – failed to attenuate the abuse and allowed the conditions that produced this bizarre and disturbing situation to continue. The film is scheduled for HBO and this story deserves to be more widely seen and understood. Unfortunately, in so many ways, the criminal escaped punishment and the victim has been imprisoned by what has happened. The filmmakers have done an excellent job of bringing this troubling story to life for the public.

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