HBO debuted a new mini-series this past spring which I missed the first time around, but was able to tape it while it is now On Demand or in reruns. I know not everyone has cable, but this is worth a look perhaps via Netflix or some other outlet.
The lovely Kate Winslet plays the long-suffering Mildred in this most recent depression-era remake.
I have seen the 1945 original starring Joan Crawford with those eyebrows and shoulder pads and Ann Blyth as her daughter.
This version is a delight to the eyes as the costuming and set design are spot on for the 1930s setting. Scenes like this kitchen in Mildred's California bungalow give such a sense of the time. Although Mildred is supposedly on hard times, her house is lovely and that little bungalow today would probably sell for over a million dollars.
One of my favorite young actresses, Evan Rachel Wood, portrays Mildred's oldest daughter, the unappreciative and vindictive Veda.
It's a five part mini-series, so patience is needed to watch it all, but anyone who enjoys soaking up the details of a period-piece will find those five hours well spent.
If you have had the pleasure of seeing this version or any of the others, let me know what you think!