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HBO’s ‘Mildred Pierce’: Winslet follows in Crawford’s footsteps

Published 03/24/2011, McClatchy Newspapers

With her emotive style and melodramatic flourishes, Joan Crawford burned an indelible image into the brains of those who saw her play the tough dame in the 1945 noir classic “Mildred Pierce.” But while reading the James M. Cain novel upon which the movie was based, director Todd Haynes could only envision a very different woman: Kate Winslet.

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