New HBO series ‘Mildred Pierce’ takes on literature’s most famous waitress

There have been a lot of movies over the years with waitresses as leading characters, including a quartet of Oscar-winning performances: Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore in 1974, Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets in 1997, and Halle Berry in Monsters Ball in 2001. And the quintessential film noir waitress of all time: Kansas City’s own Joan Crawford as long-suffering Mildred Pierce in 1945.

A new five-part adaptation of the James M. Cain novel, Mildred Pierce, begins airing on HBO this Sunday night. 

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