Who's yer Mama?

In developing the mother character for "The Parasols of Baltimore", I needed role models.  My own dear mother is entirely too sweet and supportive to qualify for this role, so I looked to mothers in my favorite movies for fashion tips, child-rearing advice, and the general ability to be bad-ass.

 Danielle Darrieux  as Madame Langlois in "Une Chambre en Ville"--knockin' around the house in a silky kimono, a turban, cha-cha heels, and a face full of makeup.

Danielle Darrieux  as Madame Langlois in "Une Chambre en Ville"--knockin' around the house in a silky kimono, a turban, cha-cha heels, and a face full of makeup.

 Divine as Dawn Davenport in "Female Trouble" in a more realistic version of the kimono/turban combo.  Accessorized with an umbrella.

Divine as Dawn Davenport in "Female Trouble" in a more realistic version of the kimono/turban combo.  Accessorized with an umbrella.

 Madame Langlois getting loaded and matching the interior of her apartment.

Madame Langlois getting loaded and matching the interior of her apartment.

 Anne Vernon as Madame Emery in "Les Parapluies du Cherbourg".  Not only do we share a first name, but we were also born on the same day, have reddish hair, and can rock a pantsuit.

Anne Vernon as Madame Emery in "Les Parapluies du Cherbourg".  Not only do we share a first name, but we were also born on the same day, have reddish hair, and can rock a pantsuit.

 Me as Madame Every in "The Parasols of Baltimore".  This photo, by Fethi Karaduman http://www.fethikaraduman.com/  for 46 Magazine in Istanbul, was the inspiration for my entire character.

Me as Madame Every in "The Parasols of Baltimore".  This photo, by Fethi Karaduman http://www.fethikaraduman.com/  for 46 Magazine in Istanbul, was the inspiration for my entire character.

 Dawn Davenport.  If it made any sense at all to wear curlers anymore, I would be doing it.  

Dawn Davenport.  If it made any sense at all to wear curlers anymore, I would be doing it.  

I would like to think that my real-life and on-screen relationship with the person playing my daughter (Chrissy Lux) is different from this portrayal by Divine and a bratty kid--but it isn't.