Thursday, August 30, 2012

Parliament House hosts A Conversation with Christina Crawford

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM


Thursday, Aug. 30 – A Conversation with Christina Crawford

7:30 p.m.

Footlight Theater

The Parliament House

410 N. Orange Blossom Trail


Forget the fact that one of the prevailing images used in promoting this film, Surviving Mommie Dearest: Tears to Triumph (a stage show that became a documentary which will receive its debut here) is that of a crossed-out wire hanger – timely, no? Because anybody interested in shelling out the price of admission at the Parliament House is probably less concerned with the current state of women’s health affairs than they are with, gasp, seeing the blond heroine daughter of fantastic anti-hero Joan Crawford. For those of us of a certain age, the younger Crawford’s tell-all memoirs – and, naturally, what Faye Dunaway’s eyebrows did to elevate the Crawford-abuse story to camp-classic status in the film Mommie Dearest – is the stuff of revelatory legend. Christina Crawford’s continued advocacy against child abuse may be the underlying premise of this engagement, but the real draw will be the never-before-seen photos and videos of the Crawford clan as introduced by Christina herself. (Sold-out ticket holders will meet Christina darling at a 6:45 p.m. pre-show party!) In an act of rare sensitivity (kidding!), show presenter Michael Wanzie has already issued a warning that any Crawford impersonators will be turned away at the door, so leave your wigs and your hangers at home. – Billy Manes

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