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'The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe' (2015)
"I think [Marilyn's mother] was the excuse to do the show. J. Randy Taraborrelli's book made such a case for mental illness going back through her family. Gladys was a party girl and ended up a Christian Scientist, so how do you explain some of these twists and turns? It was so much fun to do."
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When she played Melissa McCarthy's grandmother, critics were quick to point out that only 24 years separate the two. "I absolutely could have been [McCarthy's] grandmother, if everybody had kids at 16 like those kids on Teen Mom," she says, adding that age wasn't the point of Tammy.
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Igby Goes Down (2002)
Sarandon manages to be quite convincing as a self-absorbed upper-class matron in this teen dramedy. "Everyone has their pitfalls and places where they're blind in terms of how they mother, even though they try to do the best they can. Trying to play bad mothers is also really interesting."
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As an exec producer and star, she worked hard to make the Chris Columbus family drama ring true. "I tried to think of what I'd do if I were unfortunately in the position where I was going to leave my kids. It's spoken to a lot of people who say it's their favorite and they watch it with their mom."
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Little Women (1994)
Playing Marmee in the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel, she remembers Kirsten Dunst, Winona Ryder, and Claire Danes running around. "We were in this fabulous house on Vancouver Island and we kind of lived in it. It's crazy to look back on it. It was very easy to love them and be their mom."