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Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sat, Jun 16, 2012

Art Deco Society
Los Angeles Restaurants of the 1920s - 40s / MILDRED PIERCE
Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Veronica Gelakoska, author of "Pig ‘n Whistle," part of the Arcadia Images in America series and Los Angeles Magazine columnist /preservation and vintage culture expert, Chris Nichols will give an illustrated talk on the Pig ‘n Whistle, Melody Lane, Hody’s and other popular Los Angeles restaurants of the 1920s – 40s. Followed by a screening of MILDRED PIERCE, featuring Joan Crawford as a divorced mother who must take a job as a waitress to support her demanding daughter’s desires. Eventually she becomes a successful Los Angeles restauranteur...and trouble ensues… "She tried to kiss off a crime."

Slices of Mildred Pierce’s famous fruit pies will be for sale at this screening! Larry Edmonds will host a booksigning of "Pig 'n Whistle" with Veronica Gelakoska after the lecture, prior to the screening.

1945, Warner Bros., 111 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

"Mildred had more to offer in a glance than most woman give in a lifetime."

Joan Crawford gives her signature performance (an Oscar winner) as James M. Cain's ultimate maternal martyr, in thrall to her own femme fatale daughter, Veda (a deliciously venal Ann Blyth). After Mildred divorces her cheating husband, she turns her pie baking skills into what ultimately becomes a successful restaurant chain – all the while, working to give her demanding, selfish daughter the best of everything - but even that isn’t enough for Veda! The twisted combination of high-strung soap opera and hard-edged pulp produced what may be the greatest Hollywood melodrama of all time.

"Loving her was like shaking hands with the devil."

Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Jun 16, 2012 • 2:00pm