Joan Crawford isn't mad at Rutanya Alda, author of the new tell-all book about the making of the film Mommie Dearest; Joan's mad at the dirt. And there's plenty of dirt. Alda visits Denver Public Library to share stories from her book, The Mommie Dearest Diary, on Wednesday, October 7. Meet Hollywood royalty and hear the best tinseltown backstory ever.
Strap yourselves in, Denver; it's going to be a bumpy night! Actress Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann — Joan Crawford's long suffering handmaiden in the cult film Mommie Dearest — has published her memoir about the experience. Because the making of the film was so tumultuous, Rutanya Alda kept a journal as a positive way to talk herself through being on the set of one of the strangest film productions in her career. Now, almost thirty-five years later, that journal has become the foundation of Rutanya's fascinating account of making a destined-to-be cult film. And it turned out that, because of Faye Dunaway's over-the-top behavior and acting, she is a strong, if not altogether flattering, presence in Ms. Alda's memoir. Rutanya Alda reads excerpts from The Mommie Dearest Diary, meets the fans and signs copies of her book at this special debut engagement at Denver Public Library. Seating is limited. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.
What is it with the library and Mommie Dearest? Seems like every other month there's some program about the film. Why so much attention for something from 1981?
Well, not quite every other month. Actually the library has done two events related to this film in approximately 18 months. In May of 2014, actress Rutanya Alda visited Denver to host a screening of Mommie Dearest. At that event, she announced that she was working to polish and publish the journal that she kept during the making of the film. And we, of course, asked her to return upon publication. The book was released about one week ago and (now) author and actress Rutanya Alda has graciously agreed to have her premiere book talk at DPL. We're honored to be able to host her again for this exciting evening. And if you haven't had the opportunity to hear her speak, I'd encourage you to attend -- she is an ebullient soul and a wonderful speaker.
Why do you care? Of all the things to complain about...
I love it. Thank you.